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Gateway to Samoa

By Linda Tancs

Upolu is coined the Gateway to Samoa. It’s a volcanic island, formed by a massive basaltic shield volcano rising from the seafloor of the western Pacific Ocean. There you’ll find the country’s capital, Apia, site of a giant swimming hole (To Sua Ocean Trench), consisting of two giant holes joined via an ancient lava tube cave. The swimmable side, with its inviting turquoise water, is accessed by descending a long ladder into the grotto. The site also offers lush gardens, blowholes, sea arches and rock pools to explore.

A Weighty Decision

By Linda Tancs

Samoa Air recently announced a world’s first:  pay by weight.  That’s right–the compact carrier is basing each passenger’s ticket price on the individual’s weight combined with the heft of the baggage being checked.  So the airline’s tagline, “The sky’s the limit,” seems oddly appropriate.  But given the debate that has ensued, this will no doubt prove to be a weighty decision, indeed.

Leapfrogging in Samoa

By Linda Tancs

In Samoa, time really did stand still.   The Pacific island lost a day (30 December, to be precise) when it shifted its international dateline on 29 December to be in sync with that of its major trading partners, Australia and New Zealand.  The dateline, which runs through the middle of the Pacific, now runs to the east of the island nation rather than to its west.

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