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Samoa Travel Guide

The Southwest Coast

Eight km west of Letolo Plantation at the east entrance to Gautavai village is the Mu Pagoa Waterfall where the Vaiola River—Samoa's largest—tumbles over black cliffs into the sea just below the highway bridge. The signposted entrance to the viewpoint is on the east side of the river (custom fee charged).

The Alofaaga Blowholes are along the coast near Cape Asuisui, 16.5 km west of the Mu Pagoa bridge and 40 km from Salelologa wharf. Just a one km walk from Taga village, this series of rather spectacular blowholes (pupu) are at their best at high tide. Throw in a coconut and watch the roaring jet propel it skywa Road (If you allow a boy to perform this trick for you, he'll want a substantial tip.)

Don't get between the blowholes and the ocean, as cases of people being dragged by the surge across the sharp rocks to their deaths are not uncommon. An admission fee is collected at the turnoff.

There's good surfing in winter (June-Sept.) at high tide just off the point at Salailua, 13 km northwest of Taga. At Fagafau, 11.5 km northwest of Satuiatua Beach Resort, the sheer cliffs of Lovers' Leap drop precipitously to the sea (S$2 pp fee if you stop by the road to peer down the cliffs).

The story goes that due to family problems, an elderly blind woman and her only child jumped from the cliff. The woman turned into a turtle while the child became a shark. It's said that a certain magic chant can still bring the turtle and shark back to these shores. (The same story is told at Vaitogi on Tutuila, American Samoa.)

Matega i Si'uvao Beach (admission fee, plus extra for video cameras) is four km northwest of Lovers' Leap. Waves crash into the black rocky coast right next to the road, 600 meters beyond the Si'uvao Beach turnoff, and you can stop and look for free.

Alofaaga Blowholes
The Alofaaga Blowholes on southern Savai'i present a dramatic scene.

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