Waterfalls and a black sand beach
Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
82Trip End Oct 29, 2011
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Where I stayed
Satuiatua Beach Fales
Aganoa Beach Resort
Last night we spent the night in the village of Satuiatua on the West Coast of Savai'i. The place we stayed at, Satuiatua Beach Fales, was about as dull as its name (which is unfortunate since the village is actually very nice), so we decided to leave at the crack of dawn the next day and head to the Alofaaga blowholes. While we were at the fales though, we met a Hungarian man named Gabor who we assumed was on vaction with his parents. We said hello and each said what our plans were and didn't think much of it when we left in the morning.
Turns out though, that just after we left, this family changed their mind and decided to go to the blowholes as well, so while I was waiting at the bus stop, and Brooke was snapping pictures of the village down the road, Gabor pulls up in his jeep and says "We're going to the blowholes, want a ride?" Before I can say "sure", Gabor is already loading our bags in the back, and we were off
Turns out Gabor has actually been living in Samoa for a year doing development work for the United Nations, and his parents came to visit him, which is why they were touring around Savai'i.
Anyways, Brooke and I lucked out in a big way, because instead of taking the bus to the blowholes, which would have been a bit of an ordeal, we ended up getting a free ride around the island with these Hungarians, and got to see a lot more sights than we other wise would have. They even dropped us off at our next place at the end of the day!
Here's what we saw:
Alofaaga Blowholes: These are on the rocky coast on the southwest of the island. They are basically just two lava tubes that were there when the shore was formed, and so now when a big wave rolls up, it shoots water about 20 metres in the air through these holes. Very cool. There was even a Samoan man who was throwing coconuts in at the right time, and the coconut would shoot up about 40 metres. (We have a video of this, which we will put up, but the coconut is hard to see and its hard to tell how high it goes, but trust me, it is WAY up in the air.)
Black Sand Beach: Just past the village of Taga, there is a black sand beach. This was very cool, especially since neither Brooke or I had ever seen a black sand beach, and I hadn't even heard of them before. Essentially, this is a beach that has just been formed by conventional means, but the sand has been made from the dark volcanic rock that is so common on Savai'i
Mu Pagoa Waterfall: This is a pretty nice little waterfall just before the town of Puleia. It's fed by a river that runs out of the jungle and it pours right into the ocean, which makes for a pretty scenic coastline. Unfortunately, this is nothing compared to...
Afu-A-Au Waterfall: This is an awesome waterfall a bit further down the road from Mu Pagoa, which is apparently fed by natural springs. The falls pours into a deep pool so it was the perfect place to go for a dip. You can even go behind the falls and dive through it into the pool of water. Very scenic and very refreshing!
After heading to all these places Gabor dropped us off at Aganoa Beach and then headed off to Lano. We think that he actually really enjoyed have us along for the ride, since he was a pretty adventerous guy, and Brooke and I were able to keep up with him better than his parents could. It wasn't at all the kind of day we'd expected, but certainly worked out well in the end.