Samoa

Samoa Overview

Samoa is an independent island country in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies in the western part of the Samoa Islands chain about 1,700 miles northeast of New Zealand. American Samoa, a United States territory, occupies the eastern part of the chain. Samoa is one of the smallest countries. It consists of two main islands, Upolu and Savai’i, and several smaller islands. Apia, a city that has about 36,000 people, is the capital and only city.

Erupting volcanoes formed the islands of Samoa. A volcano on Savai’i is still active. It last erupted from 1905 to 1911, covering part of the island with lava rock that is still bare. The islands are fringed with coral reefs, which are great for snorkelling.

CLIMATE

The climate is tropical and humid, but the southeast trade winds make it mild. Temperatures seldom rise above 85 °F (29 °C) or fall below 75 °F (24 °C). The most pleasant months are from May to September, when the temperatures and rainfall are lowest.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Apia
POPULATION: 217,083
LANGUAGE: Samoan, English
CURRENCY: Samoan Tala
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: WS
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +685
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -11