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New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.
Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Geographic coordinates: 13° 21' S, 172° 12' W
Coastline km: 403 km km
Climate: tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October)
Terrain: two main islands (Savaii, Upolu) and several smaller islands and uninhabited islets; narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Mauga Silisili (Savaii) 1,857 m
Natural hazards: occasional typhoons; active volcanism
Currency: tala (SAT)
Population: 177,287 (July 2005 est.)
Languages: Samoan (Polynesian), English
Divisions: 11 districts; A'ana, Aiga-i-le-Tai, Atua, Fa'asaleleaga, Gaga'emauga, Gagaifomauga, Palauli, Satupa'itea, Tuamasaga, Va'a-o-Fonoti, Vaisigano
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|Dive sites (6)||Quality||Avg depth||Max depth||Experience||Dive type|
|Apolima Gardens||- / -||18.3 m||39.6 m||All divers|
|Namua Garden||- / -||15 m||25 m||All divers|
|The Aquarium||- / -||18 m||20 m||All divers|
|The Rock||- / -||18.3 m||45.7 m||All divers|
|Turtle Minefield||- / -||15 m||25 m||All divers|
|Wicked Wall||- / -||15 m||30 m||All divers|
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By SandraThomas , 03-11-2010
samoa diving - Samoa island is Australia is the perfect destination for diving and snorkeling. It provides you the breath taking and wonderful experience one can ever get.
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