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Samoa Sports and Recreation

Samoa is a new discovery as a surfing destination and there are several promising surf locations. Currently there is very little competition for waves. Generally the north side of the islands is better during the northern winter and the south side is better during the southern winter, although the southern side is the most consistent all year. About 75 percent of days have waves since Samoa is right in the middle of the Pacific and has no neighbouring obstacles to block ocean swells. The best surfing spots includes:

Upolu: From Apia east to Cape Utumauu, on the south coast from Matautu to Matatufu, and off Aganoa Beach and Sinalei Reef Resort (Siumu) also on the south coast.

Hiking and Tramping
There are dozens of excellent tramping and hiking routes on the island, including long coastal walks and demanding mountain treks. Some of the best walks includes the following.

a)Le Fale O Le Fee, an archaeological site at the end of Faipule Road which extends south out of Apia.
b)Amaile to Tafaga Beach on the north east coast (there are many secluded beaches along here).
c)Anapu to Lefaga, a coastal walk on the south western end of Upolu
d)From Falelatai at the very end of the West Coast Road to the Matafa'a village road. This used to be a formed road but has since overgrown.

Horse Riding
The two most accessible riding opportunities are at the Tanumapua Plantation and at Coconuts Beach Resort on the south coast of Upolu. Visit the Samoa Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Directory for more details.

There are many very good dive locations around both islands. In most cases you will need to hire a boat to get you to the right place. It is best to dive with one of the local dive tour operators. See the Samoa Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Directory for a list of dive operators and contact details. Two dive locations are accessible from the shore. These are Palolo Deep Marine Reserve in Apia, and at Aganoa on the south coast of Upolu.

Royal Samoan Country Club
Located near the Fagali'i domestic airstrip is a challenging, international standard 18 hole, par 72 course. A golf pro is based at the course from 6.00am to 6.00pm. Clubs, caddies and golf carts are available for hire. Green fees are minimal.

Tel: 20120

Lawn Bowling
Lawn bowls are played at the Apia Bowling club adjacent to the Hotel Kitano Tusitala, as well as at the Apia Park sporting complex. Arrangements can be made through hotels, tour agents or directly to the club secretary.

Tel: 22254


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