Come to the Samoan capital of Apia, a small city with lots of charm and plenty of sites to satisfy any PlanetHopper! While urban sprawl may be spreading its fingers, Apia still retains many villages and historic areas, including the Old Apia Market, which harkens back to a more idyllic past. Many shops still sell native Samoan handicrafts, such as spears, hair clasps, and coconut-shell ukuleles. Natural wonders include the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve and Papapapaitai Falls, which plunges over 150 meters (~ 500 ft) into a volcanic crater, surrounded by a lush rain forest. But perhaps the most well-known fact about Apia is that it was home to the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who spent the last four years of his life here, and is buried on Mt. Vaea, overlooking the city. The home he built in Vailima still exists today, and there is even a museum in his honor. Apia may not be the greatest draw in the Pacific, but it certainly holds its own.
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- Location: Apia, Samoa