From the airport we traveled by shuttle to the resort on the southern portion of the Island. Western Samoa has better roads and less dogs than A.S., they also have more large animals. As we were traveling the driver had to stop as a family of horse ran into the road. Many people here still use horses for transportation. They also have cattle in W.S., something I wish we had here but our Island just isn't big enough.
Our resort was on the smaller side when compared to those in the Caribbean, but beautiful none the less. We spent our days at the beach and in the pool relaxing. We ate a little conservatively as the food priced outrageously at this resort, and of rather poor quality too.
This side of Island was hit by the tsunami in 2009 and therefore the reef here was desolated. I went snorkeling once and it was as if a bulldozer had leveled the entire reef. There were few fish, but the only notable things I saw would could put you in the hospital; a Devil's Scorpionfish (venomous spines on it's back) and a large cone snail (venomous harpoons). Needless to say I wasn't too interested in finding more of these species and headed to shore.
A highlight of our trip was a little day trip we took to the To Sua ocean trench. This is one of two large sink holes which are connected to the ocean through caves. Unfortunately I didn't learn that I could have made the swim through the cave to the ocean until after we went. From what I'm told you don't even have to hold your breath for 30 seconds... oh well maybe next time.
From the trench pictured above, I did swim through to the smaller of the two which only fills with water during storms.
One more post tomorrow....
The Jaskowiak Family
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