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Apia

Talofa lava

Talofa lava! Meaning hello is the formal welcome in Apia.

Apia is the most sizeable city of Samoa and is also the capital. Apia’s origins date back to when it was a small village back in 1800’s with only about 300 residents living there. Apia is located south of the Equator in the Polynesian region of the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular holiday destination for both families and couples as well as for visiting family and friends.

Both Air New Zealand and Samoa Airways fly direct to Apia from Auckland, the flight takes just under 4 hours from Auckland.

Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.

Samoa is a beautiful Island nation, consisting of 9 islands situated about half way between New Zealand and Hawaii. The two main islands are Savai’i and Upolu. Apia is located on the island if Upolu and boasts an appealing tropical climate with magnificent volcanic mountains. Some of the other islands are uninhabited.

From 1900 to 1914 Western Samoa was governed by Germany. After war broke out in Europe in August 1914, New Zealand  took control of Samoa following a request from Britain to do so. New Zealand governed until 1962 when it became independent.

Samoan culture is pivotel to Polynesian living, Samoan’s authentic approach to visual art, dance and music has become well known all through the Pacific and worldwide. Rugby Union and Rugby League are popular sports in Samoa as well as Netball and Soccer.

With pristine beaches and gorgeous landscapes it is no surprise that tourism makes up over 20% of Samoa’s gross domestic product. It is a sector with a great deal of potential for growth. With a large proportion of visitors staying at resorts, it leaves the rest of the Islands to explore. Agriculture is also sizeable source of income with agricultural exports such as coconut products grown for exports. Forestry and Fishing also feature.

 

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