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East of Apia

Buses marked Falefa, Falevao, and Lufilufi depart the Apia markets every hour or so for Falefa, 29 km east (you can also pick up these buses on Matautu Street).

You'll get many fine views of Upolu's north coast as you pass along one of Upolu's finest summer surfing beaches, Lauli'i, a long right point break (beware of undertow). No barrier reef breaks the waves that crash onto these black sandy shores. Change rooms and showers are provided at Saoluafata Beach, but no visitors are allowed on Sunday.

A km east of Saoluafata Beach is Piula Theological College with the superb Piula Cave Pool, a natural freshwater pool fed by a spring directly below a large Methodist church. The water is unusually clear. Swim into the cave below the church. This is connected to a second cave by a small underwater opening on the left near the back. The second cave is long, dark, and deep, but can be explored with a mask and snorkel. The pool is open Monday to Saturday 0800-1630 for a small fee and there are changing rooms. If you leave Apia in the morning you'll have time for a swim in the pool before catching a midday bus to the beach fale at Lalomanu or Lepa (ask).

Falefa Falls, two km east of Piula through Falefa village, is impressive during the rainy season and it's freely visible beside the road. The Falefa bus turns around here.

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