Samoa is a country governing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It is made up of 9 islands and the entire group (inclusive of American Samoa) was known as Navigators Islands before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills.
Samoa scuba diving is geared towards general holiday divers and beginners and doesn't provide many challenges for the serious scuba diving enthusiast. There are some very good reefs but these are limited to the south coast of Upolu and the north east coast of Savai'i. The main attractions are pinnacles and marine life - with spinner dolphins and large turtles common on the south coast of Upolu.
- Juno - a 3 mast missionary sailing ship which sunk in Lelepa bay in 1881, this iron wreck is full of corals, with trumpet fish, turtles and a wide variety of colourful reef fish, parrot fish, yellow snappers, big-eyes and much more. The max. depth one reaches here is 25 meters.
- Coral Gardens
- Canyon Pinnacle - consisting mainly of pinnacles with swim-throughs and canyons. This dive reaches a depth of 25 meters.
- There is no decompression chamber in Samoa - the closest is in Fiji.
- A vaccination for yellow fever is required if you have been to a country with yellow fever.
- Although mosquitos are ubiquitous, malaria is not present in Samoa.
- In recent years there have been outbreaks of dengue fever. Symptoms are described as being similar to the worst possible case of flu that you can imagine. There is no vaccination for dengue fever. A recent outbreak was reported in October 1997 and confirmed by Australian Health Laboratories.
|Language:||Samoan but English widely spoken|
|Natural hazards:||From January to March there is a chance of hurricanes|
|Diving season:||Year round. Dry season months are best (April to Oct).|
|Water temperature:||28°C (82°F) in winter|
|31°C (88°F) in summer|
|Air Temperature:||26-27°C (79-81°F)|