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1. GET BACK TO THE BASICS IN A BEACH FALE
If you have a sense of adventure and don’t mind roughing it for a few days, then be sure to include a stay in a beach fale in your Samoan travel plans. There’s no power, no private facilities, and no room service, but there is stunning beachfront locations, unimpeded ocean views, and unbeatable R&R.
HOT Tip: Make sure you have a read of the House of Travel ‘Beach Fale Survival Guide’ before setting off so you’re well prepared for the experience.
2. GET SOME SUN ON MANASE BEACH
One of our favourite beaches in all of Samoa is without a doubt, Manase Beach in the north of Savai’i. It is picture perfect, complete with white sand, gorgeous aqua blue water, and coconut laden palm trees.
HOT Tip: This is one of the best places on Savai’I for a beach fale stay.
3. EXPLORE THE PACIFIC’S POMPEII
Way back in 1905 Savai’i’s Mt Matavana roared into life for what would become a six year volcanic event. Lava spewed out of the volcano, destroying several villages as it flowed down the mountain. Today the vast blackened lava flows have hardened and can be explored.
HOT Tip: Keep an eye out for the ruins of the old church, a very photographic spot.
4. FEEL THE SPRAY OF THE ALOFAAGA BLOWHOLES
These impressive blowholes are at the southern tip of Savai’i near the town of Taga. In the right conditions they can blast water hundreds of feet into the air!
HOT Tip: Get one of the locals to throw a coconut down the blowhole and wait for it to be shot back out like a cannonball.
5. COOL OFF IN A FOREST POOL
If it’s a particularly hot day, do the ten minute trek through the jungle to the dazzling Afu Aua Falls near Salelologa. Here at the base of the falls is a small but deep lake, perfect for a refreshing swim. Continue downstream a little way to find three more pools, one of which you might just get to yourself.
HOT Tip: There’s a small entrance fee here too, WST$5 when we last checked.
6. DISCOVER THE MYSTERIOUS TIA SEU ANCIENT MOUND
Plonked in the middle of dense bush is the mysterious Tia Seu Ancient Mound, also known as the Pulemelei Mound. The mound is actually a manmade pyramid, with the base measuring 65x60 metres and a height of 12 metres. That’s pretty much all that’s known about it, but archaeological work continues to try and solve the mystery.
HOT Tip: You’ll need a guide to find and explain this spot, most of track is overgrown and there are no information boards etc.
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