Apia, Western Samoa
Western Samoa lies in the very heart of the South Pacific. There are 9 islands, of which 4 are inhabited and 5 uninhabited. The main township of Apia is located on the island of Upolu. Independent since 1962, Western Samoa, although similar to America Samoa has distinct differences. Samoans are the 2nd largest group of full-blooded Samoans (New Zealand's native Maoris are the 1st) and very proud of fa'a Samoa (the Samoan Way). The economy is based primarily on agriculture and fishing. Families generally live together in a thatched roof residence called a fale, which is built on a platform made of stone with mats covering the pebble floor.
Lying under palms and huge umbrella trees, Apia looks as you have always imagined a South Seas island town should look. Substantial buildings line the main road along the seafront, with banks, shops, shipping offices, the post office, and the usual Pacific island public market where everything is sold. The traditional center is the town clock, a World War I memorial and traffic circle.