Samoa is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Polynesian region of the Pacific. Samoa is about one-half of the way between Hawaii and New Zealand.

The islands have narrow coastal plains with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains further inland. The two main islands are Upolu and Savaii. The capital, Apia, and the international airport are on Upolu.

The largest Samoan island is Savaii with approximately 24% of the population living on it (but it is less developed than Upolu). Samoa, as a country, has one of the lowest populations with ~ 185,000 inhabitants. The national language is Samoan. English is popular for business and commerce, as well as in tourist industry. Also, the predominant religion is Christianity.

The official currency is Tala or Samoa Dollar. The approximate exchange rate is St$2.56 for US$1. Currency exchange is available at the airport and banks. The export of local currency is prohibited. So, if you have Samoa Dollars left, you need to exchange them back, before departure.

Most major credit cards are accepted but on a limited basis. ATMs are available in and around Apia and Savai’i. Traveler’s cheques are also acceptable. To avoid additional charges, however, make them in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

As for electricity, Samoa uses type I sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

Cars, bicycles, and scooters are available for rent from several agencies. The roads are in good condition. However, the drivers should be alert at night. Cars here drive on the left side of the road. You will also need insurance and a safety deposit to rent a car.

Samoa is a popular destination for getting a Samoan tattoo. Other favorite activities include: getting married and honeymooning, golfing, scuba diving, and fishing. There is a lot of natural beauty to see as well including several National Parks, Waterfalls, Natural Blowholes, Caves, Lava Fields, and Beaches.

Visit villages or museums to get a better feel local culture. If you are more of a sports fan, check out the Samoan national sport of Kilikiti, Samoan version of Cricket.   

July 12, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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