Your most long-lasting impression of Samoa may be of people living in harmony with nature, and there's no better way to experience it than by sleeping in a Samoan fale at any of the many beach fale resorts around the country. The bus rides from Apia to Aleipata and Lepa are also superb introductions to this exotic environment.
Samoa's most unforgettable sights draw their beauty from their natural surroundings, from the tomb of Robert Louis Stevenson on Mt. Vaea, to the Piula Cave Pool, the waterfall and pyramid at Savai'i's Letolo Plantation, and the nearby Taga blowholes. O Le Pupu-Pu'e National Park on Upolu's south side is Samoa's largest. You also won't want to miss a fia fia in Apia.
The east and west tips of the two main islands are the scenic highlights of this compact country. Samoa's most photographed beach is at Lalomanu, near Cape Tapaga in eastern Upolu, with Nu'utele Island lying offshore. Falealupo and Cape Mulinu'u at the west end of Savai'i are renowned for their beaches, rainforests, and local legends. Manase in northern Savai'i is the gateway to Mt. Matavanu, source of the island's huge lava fields, while Lefaga in southwestern Upolu is a quintessential South Seas paradise.