Everything you should know
before Traveling to SAMOA

2 May 2022
Capital: Apia
Currency: Samoan Tala
Official Language: Samoan, English
Dial Code: +685
Emergency Number: (1) Police - 995 (2) Ambulance - 996 (3) Fire - 994
GDP: 1.19 billion USD (2018)
Population: 202,506 (2020)
Time Zone: UTC-11:00 Samoa Standard Time
TheSassyBlogger Flag: The flag of Samoa was officially adopted on January 1, 1962. The symbolic flag display the white stars of the Southern Cross. The blue is said to represent freedom; red is representative of courage, as well as being a traditional Samoan color.

SAMOA is Known for:

1. Kilikiti
After the European missionaries introduced Samoans to cricket, the game became highly popular in the country. Over the years, the game evolved on the islands in the region and is known as kilikiti. The game is the national sport of Samoa. Kilikiti events are often accompanied with singing, dancing, and feasting activities.
2. Tattoo's
Samoans have gender-specific tattoos that are culturally significant in the region. Samoan girls receive the malu tattoo that stretches from the upper thighs to just below the knees. In males, the tattoo is known as Pe’a and it is more intricate in design and stretches all the way from the upper waist area to the knees.
3. Most Ancient Houses
The Pulemelei mound is located in the Savai'i island’s Palauli district. It is an ancient pyramid made of natural basalt stones. The height of the pyramid varies from 23 fts to 39 fts at the northern and southern edges, respectively. According to archeological evidence, the pyramid was built around 1100 to 1400 AD.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Panipopo
Panipopo is commonly served as a morning pastry or dessert. It can take the form of a bun or roll and is baked in sweet coconut milk. They're typically served in shallow bowls and accompanied by a hot beverage, like a Samoan cocoa.
2. Fa’apapa
They’re puffy like biscuits and flaky but sweeter than a biscuit. That’s the only similarity because it is served totally different from there. They are then covered in a sweet, thick, syrupy coconut milk concoction and then rolled in coconut flakes.
3. Fa'ausi
Fa’ausi, caramel is added to the coconut milk sauce, giving it an even richer texture. Then, instead of being served in syrup, it is cooled and served dry after being coated in coconut flakes.

Best Places to visit:
1. Apia
Apia is the capital of Samoa, and its only city. It is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa's second-largest island. Its geographic boundaries extend roughly from Letogo village to the newer, industrialized region of Apia known as “Vaitele”.
2. Tuamasaga
Tuamāsaga is a district of Samoa, with a population (2016 Census) of 95,907. The geographic area of Tuamasaga covers the central part of Upolu island. Archaeology in Samoa has uncovered earth mounds and archaeological remains at the village of Vailele in the sub-district of Vaimauga, on the central north coast to the east of Apia.
3. Leulumoega
Leulumoega Tuai is a village situated on the northwest coast Upolu island in Samoa. The village is part of the A'ana Alofi II Electoral Constituency which forms part of the larger A'ana political district.
4. Safotulafai
Safotulafai is a traditional village at the east end of Savai'i island with historical and political significance in Samoa's history. It is the traditional center of the island of Savaii, now became the center of Fa'asaleleaga political district. Safotulafai is the original 'Pule', which is why Savaii is called 'Pule' of Samoa.
5. Safotu
Safotu is a village on the central north coast of Savai'i island in Samoa. Safotu is in the district Gagaifomauga and has a population of 1270. Traditionally, it attained the status of 'Pule,' customary political authority, and has been the main centre of the Gagaifomauga district.

Best Season to visit
April to October- The best time to visit Samoa is between April and October, when the weather is drier and the humidity is lower. Samoa's climate is dictated by its position in the South Pacific near to the Equator. Average daily temperatures hover around 28-30°C throughout the year, and the seawater is balmily warm.

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