SAMOA, formerly known as Western Samoa, comprises the two islands of Upolu and Savai’i, as well as several smaller islands. Savai’i is the largest but Upolu is the most developed and the centre of government and commerce.
Robert Louis Stevenson was the first in a long line of famous travellers to be seduced by the Samoan way of life and today’s sailors can still find a Samoa whose ways have changed very little during the century since Stevenson lived here. Samoans are a typically open, friendly, welcoming and good-humoured people with great pride in their culture, traditions, history and nationhood. Samoan hospitality and generosity are widely noted.
Cruising along the sheltered northern coast of the two main islands, superyachts can anchor off villages such as Asau on Savai’i, from where guests and crew can explore the interior of these verdant islands with their gushing waterfalls and lush rain forests. Asau is a well-protected anchorage, but only limited supplies are available.
Apia Harbour is the perfect setting for mariners with lovely views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to the capital’s downtown district, although it offers little protection in strong winds. Downtown Apia sits overlooking the harbour and offers all yachting facilities as well as numerous restaurants and bars in the town. There is no marina catering to superyachts. Superyachts can berth alongside the port’s single cargo wharf when no ships are in or are expected.