Upolu island Samoa
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After a direct flight from Nadi Fiji at 2215 ,we arrived the same day at 0115 AM at Faleolo airport,Apia's airport Samoa
and were met by a friendly and colossal driver of Seabreeze resort.http://www.seabreezesamoa.ws.This funny guy with his car full of rea-view mirrors(like
a lot of Samoan cars) drove us to the resort in an hour.
After a relaxing night in a comfy bed,we had a nice breakfast in the openair restaurant and I decided to hire a taxi to enjoy
the best beach of Upolu,Lalomanu beach reached after a 20 minutes ride.
As we were offseason,most of the restaurants and fale(used mostly during the week-end and in July-August) were closed,but Taufua Beach
Fales was open and we had there a decent meal.There are there a restaurant,a little store providing cold drinks as well as a range of
food and other items.
The accomodation consists of beach fales built in Samoan style of housing with a thatched roof on wooden posts,an elevated wooden
floor with NO WALLS.
Openfales have tarpaulins to protect from the rainfall.
Moanalei Dive'N'Surf http://www.moanaleidivensurf.com located right at TAUFUA offers service in diving,snorkelling,surfing and turtle spotting.
The day after we did a day tour of Upolu,the more populous island of Samoa which is a massive basaltic shield volcano 26 km wide and
75 km long.We were astonished by the Samoan houses met along the road which have no walls and often the graves of the ancestors
We had as driver a former pilot of 50 years old, who had worked in American Samoa and New Zealand and wished to go back
This guy,whose elder son was a Matai,a chief,while we crossed the island,made our point on the new fields of vegetables
cultivated since 4 or 5 years:as the remittances of the Samoans working in Australia,United States or New Zealand
become less and less important,some people in Upolu have to work!
We went with him to Apia market and had only a glance at Robert Louis Stevenson's house before coming back to our accomodation.
The next day,I went with Barbara and Helmut to the To Sua Ocean Trench situated only few kilometers from our home,between
Lotofaga and Vava'u.
To Sua consits of 2 waterholes fed by the oceanwater, connected by a tunnel,you can access by a ladder in the biggest one and swim around
or through a rocky tunnel,and access on the smaller trench which leads to the ocean.
To Sua has beautiful seaviews with blowholes and a magnificent garden.It's really a quiet place to relax.
After 3 nights and a half,in Seabreeze resort,we were droven to Mulifanua wharf to catch the ferry to Savaii by the same colossal driver (who
had a laugh during all the trip when I said that,sometimes in France,the spouses were older than their husbands..)