Samoa, formally known as the Independent State of Samoa is an Oceanian country in the Pacific region encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands. It was previously called Western Samoa and “Navigator Islands” by European explorers because the Samoans are skilled seafarers. Apia is the capital of Samoa and is the biggest city in the country. Samoa is dominated by Samoans with over 92 per cent of the Ethnic groups. Being a relatively small country, Samoa has a population of a little less than 200,000, led by its Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielagaoi. The country became independent from New Zealand in 1962.
Where to go
Samoa is well-known for its white-sand beaches and pristine waters that present many opportunities for a traveller. Aside from swimming and floating around on a lazy late afternoon, you may also try other water activities such as diving and snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, and jet-skiing. If coming in groups, you may play some beach volleyball after savouring local dishes of fresh fishes and other seafood. If tired of the sand and the sun, go to the city centre and see the sights such as the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral and the Apia Samoa Temple, and wrap your day on a fire dancing show at night while relaxing with light food choices on the shores.
If up for it, you could get yourself inked in Samoa as tattooing is an important cultural practice in the country. Being under the Polynesian tradition (Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori), Samoan culture also has a significant number of unique and meaningful tattoos or “tatua.” Some of them are gender-specific, while others are culturally significant. A Samoan lady is given a malu, a tattoo covering the area below the knees up to the upper thighs. Samoan men meanwhile get a Peá, an intricate and geometrical pattern tattooed on the knees up towards the ribs. You may have your own tattoo for a price.
If planning on having short trips outside of Samoa and not a fan of long haul flights, try visiting the nearby New Zealand and Australia or check out the South East Asian region for some new sights. The Oceania region offers its delicious cuisine and good hospitality, apart from the many beaches where one can ride the waves and surf. Tourists can also opt to cruise and visit the Great Barrier Reef, a sea wonder and a home for various schools of fish and water critters. Meanwhile, the South East Asian region lets tourists enjoy the culturally diverse and pumping atmosphere of its countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. Tourism capitals by nature, these countries are favourite holiday destinations with more than a hundred and one activities to delve in to.
For longer holidays, take the Pacific route out of Samoa and visit countries in the Caribbean. The nations of Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile will welcome visitors to their prosperous countries and to their hospitable arms. Check out the Amazon region in Brazil, the Machu Picchu in Peru, the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, the Laguna Verde in Bolivia, and many other places in the region.
How to get out
For travellers who want to experience a taste of the world tourism scene outside of Samoa, there is a number of air carriers to choose from, but remember that most flights out of the country will take one to two connections to reach the destination. Some of them are Virgin Australia and Fiji Airways.
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