1. Observing the simple countryside life on Opulu, the main island, with its villages, huts, and unassuming, interesting churches
2. Lalomanu, a beautiful, paradisiac beach on the southeastern coast of Opulu
3. Gorgeous nature, interesting culture, idyllic calm, a peculiar harmony
4. The natural friendliness, hospitality, lovely curiosity of the locals
5. A relaxing splash in the water of the To Sua Lagoon (its color is a fantastic green)
6. The mystical view of the rainforest-covered mountains
7. Driving on the Cross Island Road, sometimes stopping at some perfectly quiet, peaceful spots
8. Taking a ferry to cross over to the easily accessible and even more relaxed Savai’i Island
9. The colorful bustle on the Fugalei Market in Apia and the warm welcome we got from the salespeople
1. We were horrified to see all the low-quality, Made-in-China souvenirs in the shops in Apia
2. The sun is quite treacherous – we got painfully sunburnt
3. Struggling with the left-hand driving and the farm animals crossing the roads
4. The ear-splittingly loud music played on the local buses
5. Apia’s standard-looking office buildings somehow don’t fit our tropical paradise island expectations and are indeed contrasting.
6. Hotels are overpriced - the price to value ratio is not good.
7. Many mosquitos
8. Beaches are not extraordinary.