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Samoa Travel Guide

Samoa is officially named as the Independent State of Samoa, is a small country located in the western part of the South Pacific Ocean. The former names are Samoa from around 1900 to 1919, and from 1917 to 1997 was Western Samoa. Samoa was included to the United Nations on 15 December 1976 as just Samoa. The whole island group, including the American Samoa, was named as Navigators Islands early of 20th century due to the excellent seafaring skills of native Samoans.

Samoa is famous for their fa'a Samoa, or in English is the "traditional Samoan way". Till now it remains as a strong influence in Samoan life and politics. Although it experienced centuries of European clout, Samoa maintains its historical traditions, social and political orders, and language. Native Samoans are a typically welcoming, jovial, open, and good-natured beings who great pride in their culture, beliefs, history, and way of life. The hospitality and generosity of Samoans are extremely famous.

It has two seasons - the dry season, which ranges from May to October and the wet season which starts November to April. The lowest temperature may be in the low 20's and the maximums can go the high 20 celsius (up to 86 Farenheit) all year round. The national language is Samoan, but English is spoken fluently for businesses. In fact a big population of Samoans is competent in English.

There is a wide variety of accommodation offered in Samoa. From the traditional beach fale luxurious hotels and resorts to private, self maintained rooms. Whatever a visitor's needs are, there's definitely a place for him to rest depending on his budget.

Upolu is a major island in Samoa, formed by a massive basaltic shield volcano. It rises from the seabed of the western Pacific Ocean. In the Samoan mythology, Upolu is the name of the first woman on the island. By the late 18th to early 19th century, the island was called Ojalava or Ojolava. There are many natural wonders in Opolu. The magnificent Fuipisia Waterfall can be seen by visitors who are willing to pay a fee. Lake Lanotoo is around 2.3 km past the Bahai's temple, and is the entrance to Lanotoo Road. There is a 4WD trail that leads to specific track to Lake Lanotoo. Good walking shoes, long comfortable running pants and water are needed, a guide is also advisable. Lalomanu Crater Walk is the start of a short walk towards a long-extinct volcanic crater. The crater is home to the large population of splendid flying foxes. Le Pupu-Pue National Park is a 29sq km national park created in 1978 in hopes to protect the area from the summits of Mount Fito and Lepu-e.

Savaii Island, the largest island in Samoa, is the most tranquil destinations in the South Pacific. In Savaii you'll find a wide range of sights from lava tubes to volcanic craters, from blowholes to rain forest canopy walks and some wonderful beach settings. In fact, it is the most peaceful place in Samoa.