Western Samoa is a volcanic land of lava fields and waterfalls, lush rainforests, towering cliffs, blowholes, soft, sandy beaches and great swells. Then there are the ties between Samoa and Australia and New Zealand that go way back (in 1962 Samoa became independent of New Zealand). Another reason why cheap flights to Samoa are in high demand is the political situation in Fiji, which has cast a shadow over relations with Australia in recent years. Whatever you fly to Samoa for, you can be sure that you'll receive a warm welcome from the Samoans.
The Independent State of Samoa consists of two islands, Upolu and Savaii, and seven other islands. Upolu has the capital (Apia), the international airport and most of Samoa's population. Savaii, an one-hour ferry ride away, is larger, more remote and consequently less developed.
If you are lucky enough to get to Cape Mulinuu on Savaii for sunset, you can rest assured that you'll be one of the last people in the world to see the sun set that day. Legend has it that this is also the place where the dead pass into the underworld.
Golfers and big-game fishermen will also enjoy a visit to Samoa. While beach fales and resorts are being rebuilt or restored on the south coast after last year's tsunami, the best way to help Samoans is by holidaying in their beautiful country.