A few weeks ago, I took a quick trip to Apia, Samoa. I’m talking quick, like, under 48 hours. I went with four friends, for a little girl’s get-away. I would have liked to explore the island outside of Apia, but considering how much time we had and all the different ambitions and personalities, we did the best we could. And it turned out to be just right!
Flying Over Apia and Upolu Island
I’ve been on the small island of Tutuila, in American Samoa for over 14 months and I’ve definitely been feeling island fever! Boarding a plane again, even the tiny 12-passenger one we flew on, made me feel like I could stretch my arms and breath deeply again. I don’t know if that makes any sense.
Flying away from our home island, gave me a serious thrill of excitement! Even though it’s just a 20 minute flight, we were flying to a different country, with new things to see and eat and experience, and I couldn’t wait!
Once Upolu, the main island of Samoa, was in view, I started snapping pictures. I didn’t want to miss it. But then it kept going. It felt like I was looking at a whole continent compared with our little island of Tutuila. The island just kept going on.
Food from Apia
Once on the ground, we didn’t waste any time looking for a place to eat. We dropped our bags off and then headed out for a feast. And what we found, didn’t disappoint.
Here’s a little taste:
Coconut Crab Risotto from Scalini’s Restaurant
Around the time we were moving to American Samoa, I heard about coconut crab and immediately added it to the top of my bucket list. These crabs just eat coconuts, so their meat is rich and slightly sweet. It was the perfect addition to this robust risotto and the serving size was spot on. Bucket list ✔
The Market in Apia
If you ever go to Apia, you have to experience the market. It’s an outdoor collections of individual stalls where locals sell their goods. There are locally grown fruits and vegetables and home baked goods. Most of the non-food merchandise is obviously cheap and imported, just for tourists, but you’ll also find some beautiful, hand-painted elei fabrics and items that have been woven or carved by hand. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Sights Around Apia
Some pretty churches:
Even though Apia is just a 20 minute flight from American Samoa, it provided the perfect get-away. Just what we were looking for. Nothing can compare to a few days spent enjoying quality food, cultural enrichment, stunning natural beauty, and the best company a girl could ask for!
If you ever find yourself in the South Pacific, make sure to include a stop in Apia, Samoa, and while you’re at it, American Samoa, too.