If you want to experience the true sense of Polynesia then you have to visit the islands of Samoa. This South Pacific country is made up of nine islands and each of them has exciting opportunities waiting for visitors. The most densely populated island is Upolu and is home to the capital, Apia. Waterfalls and white sandy beaches abound providing a setting for the exotic vacation of a lifetime. Many movies have been filmed on these islands, such as return to paradise and South Pacific.
In Apia, you can visit Vailima, a house built by Robert Louis Stevenson. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will want to visit the Taifu Peninsula Rainforest Reserve. The ancient monument, the Tia Seu Ancient Mound, is the tallest in all of Polynesia. You will want to spend some time at the Auala Green Turtle Conservatory to see the turtles and to learn how they are released back into the wild.
Samoa is an excellent location for snorkeling, surfing and scuba diving. There are many freshwater swimming locations including the immensely popular Papase'ea Sliding Rock, where you can slide down the waterfall into the pool below. There is a wealth of hiking trails ranging in various levels of intensity and you can take an ecotourism tour to the rainforest and conservation areas.
There are many different types of accommodation in Samoa, with hotels that include meals in the price of the room. Stay in a village resort or a beach cottage or in a completely unique eco-village. Visit the local markets and bargain with the vendors for exciting souvenirs to take back home.