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The closest thing Samoa has to a city, Apia has the feel of a lively small town. Samoan pop music blares out from the bars and the brightly painted buses, and the pace of life is a step quicker than the languid stroll encountered in the rest of Samoa. Architecturally, the city is an interesting mix of colonial, Samoan and Western, together with some synthesis of the three. This synthesis is most clearly demonstrated by the shiny new Parliament Building which dominates the seafront, at 7 storeys easily the highest building in Apia, if not all Samoa.
The Apia Arts and Crafts Fair is a busy festival every March. It is located in the capital city of Samoa, and not only focuses on local artistic talent, but also traditional handicrafts from across the nine islands of Samoa. Visitors should head to the local markets in Apia to experience this event at its best.
One of the best sporting events in the country is the Fautasi Outrigger Canoe competition. Occurring in the month of June, this outrigger race has become the most loved water race in Samoa. The competition begins at the north coast of Upolu, but then ends at Apia Harbor. Twelve long boats compete in the event each year.
Jazz performers are drawn to Apia in September, as this is when the city hosts its annual Jazz Festival. Several different spots are home to the best in jazz music during this month. Even some of the more famous jazz musicians from across the globe love to make their way to Samoa for the event.
Apia has a hot and humid tropical climate. Temperatures hoover around 30 degrees Celcius throughout the year and never drop much lower than 23 or 24 degrees at night. Temperatures are slightly higher during the wetter November to March period and slightly lower between April and October. This last period is the best season to visit as it rains less (but still significantly) and there is almost no chance of hurricanes, which can strik from December to March. There is always some relief of the heat by constant sea breezes.
|Avg Max||30.4 °C||30.6 °C||30.6 °C||30.7 °C||30.4 °C||30 °C||29.5 °C||29.6 °C||29.9 °C||30.1 °C||30.3 °C||30.5 °C|
|Avg Min||23.9 °C||24.2 °C||24 °C||23.8 °C||23.4 °C||23.2 °C||22.6 °C||22.8 °C||23.1 °C||23.4 °C||23.6 °C||23.8 °C|
|Rainfall||489 mm||368 mm||352.1 mm||211.2 mm||192.6 mm||120.8 mm||120.7 mm||113.2 mm||153.9 mm||224.3 mm||261.7 mm||357.5 mm|
Most travellers arrive at Faleolo Airport (APW), about 30 km from the capital Apia. The national airine is Polynesian Airlines, with flights from Apia to Tonga, Niue and American Samoa. Also, Polynesian Blue serves Samoa, mainly to and from Auckland and Sydney.
There are many flights with Pacific Blue and Air New Zealand from Australia (mainly Sydney) and New Zealand (mainly Auckland).
Polynesian Airlines flies between Apia on Upolu and the island of Savaii several times a day.
The only option to get to Samoa by boat is taking the MV Lady Naomi. It operates between Apia and Pago Pago in American Samoa once a week departing Apia every Wednesday at midnight returning from Pago Pago every Thursday at 4 pm, taking around 7 hours to complete the journey. Expect rough rides now and then. Although it costs about half compared to a plane ticket, it is rather basic and takes much much longer of course.
|Bertie's B&B||PO Box 1687 Vaitele-Fou||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Samoa Village Hostel||101 Vini Fou Road PO Box 1951, Apia.||HOSTEL||81|
|Samoan Outrigger Hotel||Cross Island Rd, Moto�otua||HOTEL||76|
|Samoan Village Guesthouse||1 Vini Fou Road PO Box 1951||Guesthouse||-|
|Valentines Motel||P.O Box 395,||Hostel||-|
|Tatiana Motel||Apia Fugalei||Hostel||84|
|Samoa Marina Hotel||Beach Road Matautu-tai||Hotel||-|
|Pasefika Inn||PO Box 6114 Matautu-uta||Hotel||-|
|Dave Parker Eco Lodge||Tapatapao Aleisa East||HOTEL||-|
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