Tourism in Apia

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Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. Apia was originally a small village from which the country’s capital took its name. Apia village still exists within the larger modern capital of Apia which has grown into a sprawling urban area with many villages. Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. Apia was originally a small village from which the country’s capital took its name. Apia village still exists within the larger modern capital of Apia which has grown into a sprawling urban area with many villages.

Best Time to Visit

Samoa’s climate is tropical all year round, with two distinct seasons – the dry season running from May to October and the wet season from November to April.

Top Places to Visit in Apia

1. Catholic Cathedral

The historic Catholic cathedral in Apia, the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, was dedicated 31 December 1867.It was pulled down mid-2011, reportedly due to structural damage from the earthquake of September 2009. A new cathedral was built and dedicated 31 May 2014.

2. Palolo Deep National Marine Reserve

Just around the eastern end of the Apia Wharf, Palolo is an excellent spot for snorkelling, diving and swimming. The highlight is a sudden drop into a deep blue hole, flanked by walls of coral populated by a myriad of tropical fish.

3. Vanya Taule’alo Gallery

This small but special gallery showcases the works of Samoan and other Pacific Island artists: prints, paintings, woodcarvings, jewellery, and other handicrafts are all top quality, and are all for sale. The gallery is attached to the equally worthy Legends Cafe. It’s about a five-minute drive from the centre of Apia.

4. Flea Market

Down on the waterfront, this steamy labyrinth is packed with small stalls selling craftwork, clothing and souvenirs. Don’t bother to test your bargaining skills here, as haggling is not an element of Samoan commerce.

5. Divas of Samoa

The only fa’afafine show in Samoa is outrageous fun, full of glitter, glamour and cheesy music. It’s a drag show, but maybe not as you know it: children are enthusiastically welcomed at the performances.

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