Ten islands of natural beauty and diverse landscapes come together to make up the country of Samoa.
Samoa is located in Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean, and is part of the Polynesia region. It is located halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii and is made up of ten islands. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu and Savaii, which is the largest Island in the Polynesia. The population of Samoa is around 190,000.
Lush green valleys, rugged mountain peaks and crystal clear waters on the white sandy beaches make it a tropical paradise for visitors and locals alike. Whether you want to explore the waterfalls, caves or lava fields or are interested in experiencing the fascinating culture firsthand, Samoa is a great destination to delight any type of traveller.
Culture is very important in Samoa and traditionally the people stick to a communal way of live, meaning they do most activities together based on the Fa'a Samoa, the unique socio-political culture. Faith, family and music are the main elements that define the culture and houses contain no walls where up to 20 people can be found sleeping together on the ground.
Samoa is special in that even with its stunning landscapes and idyllic beaches, it's still not spoilt by herds of tourist flocking to the area.
Australian passport holders do not need a visa to enter Samoa, however you will need at least six months validity. You should carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Before driving in Samoa visitors must obtain a temporary driver's licence and these are available from the Apia Post Office, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure office in Vaitele, the Polynesian Explorer Office at Faleolo airport and from some car hire agencies in Apia. You will need to have your Australian driver's license.
Insufficient lighting, poor road conditions and poorly maintained vehicles mean that driving in Samoa can be far more dangerous than in New Zealand. Ferries are also a popular way to get around in Samoa however you should be aware that very rarely they will meet New Zealand safety standards and are often over-crowded.
There have been reports of violent assaults and robberies in Samoa and in some cases sexual assault against tourists. You should avoid going out at night by yourself. Burglaries and theft of motor vehicles do occur and in some restaurants and bars in Apia there have been some violent incidents and assaults involving foreigners.
You should always consult with your doctor before any travel overseas. It is recommended to get vaccinated for both hepatitis A and typhoid, as there is a risk of contracting these through contaminated food and water.
Samoa has a warm and tropical climate all year around with two distinct seasons- the wet season and the dry season. The wet season is from November to April and the dry season is from May to October. It's best to visit during this dry season. The average daily temperature is 28 degrees.
Consulary assistance can be found at the following;
Phone: +685 635523
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