Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Fagatele Beach: YOU MUST VISIT!!!
When i worked at STA, a very well spoken friendly old man named Pitovao came to ask for help with developing his family's beach-front location. This is in the village of Aufaga, on the eastern side of Upolu.
The sad bureaucratic truth is that he couldn't get any assistance from the highly qualified pro-palagi funds controlled by NZHC/Govt reps and private sector.
This poor guy was so determined to develop the place with the little resources he had.
Despite the financial setback, he and his family went ahead and continued cleaning the place up, growing fruit trees, building samoan fales, cutting through bush to create a track leading down a slight slope to the stunning beach below etc...so much effort but only a very very few ever go there, nor care that it exists,.
Now imagine if everyone that reads this, went to Samoa and spent a day at this paradise of a beach....boy, that'll make one hard working Samoan family very happy!!!!
For a pitiful charge of SAT3.00, that's approx $U.S1.20, you can be on your own at one of the most stunning spots in the Pacific, what the heck,...in the World!
Village: Aufaga, Lepa
Owner: Pitovao Aniva Faamoana
Entrance Fee: SAT3.00 per person.
Easily accessible from main road (5 minute walk), Fagatele is one of those beaches that you can have all to yourself without any disturbance.
High Chief Pitovao takes great care of visitors to the Beach and his extended family are eager to provide fresh cool coconuts and if it’s the season, sugarcanes and mangoes for the weary traveler.
Facilities include traditional Samoan fales that can be rented for day trips. If you would like to stay overnight, Please contact Pitovao in advance for special arrangement.
There are also secure car parks, clean restrooms, shower, with clean running water on site.
Experience Samoa,.. hospitable culture, vibrant colors, happy people, relaxing island experience and lush greenery at your comfort and safety.