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 Western Samoa

Australia & Pacific

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
Capital: Apia
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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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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