• Megan O’Sullivan | iTravel The Junction &

Simply Stunning Samoa

In the heart of the South Pacific lies the untouched and barely discovered Samoa. A laid-back paradise, this beautiful place makes every visitor feel like they are the first to ever have discovered it.

A postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each with very distinct and different environments Samoa is blessed with stunning land and seascapes, and friendly people who are proud of their country. Drive around an island in a day, or take a leisurely trip over a few days, or even tour by cycle over a week, or just base yourself at a resort and relax.

From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of Savai'i, to the vast valleys leading down to Upolu's coastline ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches and amongst all this natural beauty and picturesque valleys and coastline you will find nu’u or villages with their churches, meeting houses and open fale or homes encircling the malae or village green. Samoa is home to people proud of their strong cultural heritage living in harmony alongside this natural beauty. Its these people and the culture that give life to the islands.

Samoa is home to To-Sua Ocean Trench. “To-Sua” translated means “giant swimming hole” and that’s exactly what it is, a 98-foot deep natural pool located on the southeast coast of Upolu Island and is one of the most photographed blue water holes in the world. This rare natural wonder sits directly in the middle of a volcano. High on the island close to its coast and is fed by water from the ocean through a cave on the islands edge. Visitors can relax the day away in its crystal clear waters, and the adventurous can jump off the tall sides of the pool into the waters below.

Within this magical place called Samoa lies Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa, which truly embodies all that is unique and wonderful about this culturally-rich destination. Offering Samoan-inspired accommodation, including Samoa's only Over-the-Water Fales the resort is ideally situated on Upolu’s southern coast, boasting amazing sunrise and sunset views with all the facilities and services you would expect from a much larger resort but with the intimacy and soul of a small retreat. There are no high rises, no phones, and no TV's at the resort leaving plenty of time for visitors to explore all of the island’s sites and experiences. The warm and friendly staff and surrounding traditional village provides a very true taste of Samoa to all its guests.

Offering an affordable alternative and only 5 hours from Australia, Samoa is the ideal getaway to escape the cold and relax in paradise. Contact itravel The Junction on 4962 1116 or itravel Warners Bay on 4947 1116 for further details.

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