Savaii island Samoa,the largest but sparsely populated Samoan island
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After a crossing of 90 minutes(20 km),we arrived in Savaii at Salelologa wharf where I hired a taxi to the Lagoto resort.
Savaii is the highest and largest of the Samoan islands with a population of 40 000,most of Savaii is uninhabited.
It is a massive basaltic shield volcano, where 2 eruptions occured in the 20th century on the North coast,producing flows of lava
10 m to 150 m thick,15 km wide,jumping into the sea,destroying several villages and creating a moonscape,seen on the road
to our hotel.
Arrived in our resort in Fagamalo,we were welcome by a tall,pleasant,slender(lots of Samoans are obese) guy wearing make-up on his
beautiful eyes and led to our large and comfortable Beach fale which can accomodate 4 people.We stayed there 4 nights before
coming back to Apia.
The reception gave us a warning:don't walk on the main road in front of the resort between 6 and 7 pm,because
all the villagers go to the church at that time...
There the food was very bad and expensive,but we had no choice,the village providing only one restaurant!
Fortunately,the beach was gorgeous(there is a small overcrowded pool) and I had some good snorkelling with a
wild turtle (in the village of Satoalepai in Savaii,there is a turtle enclosure where turtles are incarcerated and some people take
pleasure in swimming with these poor turtles).
As I know that on Sundays all is closed in Samoa and that people doesn't work,I managed to find a driver,on Sunday!
to do a day-tour of the "deserted "island.
On this rainy Sunday,we did some quiet but interesting visits in 6 hours all around the island.
As all the restaurants were shut,fortunetely,we found on the main coastal road,a mini-store open and we had a nice lunch with
some crakers and famous American crisps.
The highlights of the trip were:
-the Alofaaga Blowholes
West of the wharf,lava flows have formed tubes connecting with the ocean below.
As the water crash into the shore,water at high pressure is sent up through the tubes and create fountains
Best seen at high tide,cheap entree fee.
WARNING: Don't go too close to the edge of the blow holes surrounded by slippery rocks!
-the Falealupo ruins and the Rock House:
Two cyclones struck the island in 1990 and 1991,destroying the village of Faleolupo and leaving only ruins,like
the ruins of the Catholic Church.
Three hundred meters of the Church is the Rock House:its consists of 2 lava tubes.
-Lavafields in Northeastern Savaii
Between 1905 and 1911,the eruptions of the Mount Matavanu created a moonscape in this part of the island with a
flow of hot lava 10m to 150 m thick.
-the Cape Mulinu'u,the most western point of land in the world