Manano Island: The Exotic Place in Samoa

The third most densely populated island of Samoa country is the Manano Island that still holds the best of traditional motifs and paints a sleepy picture. Located at just 4 kilometres from the south-western coast of Upolu, one has to cross the lagoon all the way by boat travelling all the way from Manono-uta right from the mainland. The small island of Manano comprises of a total of four fishing villages namely Faleu, Lepuia’i, Apai, and Salua, where you will find the locals staying in fales built in open air.  Manano is a perfect retreat from the hustle of city life – an amazing destination where the only sound that reaches your ears is the sound of the waves crashing against the shore.  The island is really a small landmass. Speaking in true sense of the term, it takes less than two hours to circumnavigate the island and that too if one takes a light stroll. In the process, one gets to pass by the four villages in abundance and stop in between to take a dip or engage in some snorkelling amidst the lagoon. Just close to the landing at the Faleu, one can also pay a visit to a monument that stands tall as a symbol of commemoration of the arrival of the first European Methodist missionary to Samoa, Rev. Peter Turner way back in 1835.

The interiors of the island make way to a large number of archaeological sites. One such worth mentioning is the 12-pointed ancient star that mounted right on the flat peak of Mount Tulimanuiva (110m-high), which happens to be the highest mountain peak in Manono. On the southwest part of the island, stands the Lepuiai Village where there’s another famous archaeological site that’s worth visiting–Grave of 99 Stones. Each of the stones represents wives of the great chief Vaovasa. Manano happens to be a religious community and in Sundays you can witness the entire village flocking together to offer their prayers at the local church.

If you want to make your stay in Manano memorable, it’s recommended that you act and live like a local. That includes sleeping in open fales on the beach right down the eastern side of the island. If you need help arranging your bed, you can ask the villagers to help you. They will also accompany you to guide you through the island. Manono has some of the finest beaches of Samoa and the tour groups are generally less populated on the northern side of Apolima. Just three kilometres from Manano down the west end of Upolo, one will find the largest protective reef of the island. Strangely enough, you won’t find dogs out here. Even cars, horses and even bicycles are also prohibited. You will be fascinated to know that Manano had its first electricity lie installed in the year of 1995. That’s just 20 years back.


Explore the Beautiful LaloManu Beach in Samoa

Considered to be the heart of Polynesia, Samoa has more than a 3000-year-old history of a certain way of life called Fa’a Samoa, which promises every visitor a lifetime experiences. Samoa packs in several bounties of nature together and offers an atmosphere and environment to one and all visitors. Stunning landscapes accompanied with seascapes, plenty of room for a drive around, Samoa is one perfect destination for nature lovers of all ages.

Deemed as one of the most fascinating and pristine beaches of Samoa, the Lalomano beach unwinds an unknown paradise in front of each and every traveller who visiting the island nation for the very first time. Located on the southeastern part of Upolu which marks the gateway to Samoa, the Lalomano beach promises fun and frolic in equal measures for people of all ages.

Taking a drift from other beach visits, you can enjoy bathing in the sun as you lay on the white sandy terrain and might take some time off in the blue lagoon where you might fall asleep as the gentle breeze whispers deep slumber in your ears and relaxes your skin with its velvet touch.  The Lalomano Beach is a perfect destination for people who love the waters and the animals that stay in it. The lagoons, the protected marine reserve offers a never-ending panorama of tropical fishes. If you feel the rhythm, you might as well jump in the water with a snorkel and flippers.

If you get bored at Lalomano which is quite unlikely, you might want to head off towards the Namua Island that is located at close proximity towards north and blissfully swim past a bevy of green turtles at the backdrop of a mighty ocean. As you shift a little bit more towards the southern part of the Lalomano islands, you can experience a wide balance of flora and fauna that includes some rare species of seabirds who hit the ground during the evening time on the islands of Nu’utele.

The beach of Lalomano also offers a panoramic view of some extinct volcanic craters that now serves as a home and breeding ground of flying foxes. If you feel tired from all this, you can very well grab a Vailima (named after the home and burial ground of the poet Robert Louis Stevenson) which is the Samoan local beer. Lalomano as a beach is the most attractive and addictive destinations of Samoa. Spending a whole night in open aired fales is an experience of a lifetime that you are going to cherish in your heart forever.

The unending beauty of the beauty would come out as an addiction for you and you would not leave the place until a one-night stay here catching the entire beauty and the innocence of the beach. Also, you can enjoy some great moments playing with the deep blue waters of the ocean touching the core of your heart.