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10 overlooked eco-tourism destinations

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 30, 2012, 5:31 p.m.
Savaii, Samoa

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Savaii, Samoa

Savaii, a large but sparsely inhabited South Pacific island, has been relatively untouched by modern infrastructure projects. A single paved road circles the island, so many places can be reached only by following dirt roads or trails. Culture is still centered around tradition in Savaii, with rural village life dominating, just as it has for centuries. Two national forests, Falealupo Rainforest Preserve (in the north) and Tafua Peninsula Rainforest Preserve (in the south), provide some eco-tourism infrastructure in the form of organized tours and canopy walks. Caves, lava fields and waterfalls are also part of the menu on Savaii. For culture aficionados, the biggest attraction could be the fact that traditional village life on Savaii has not been overtaken by the modern world.