Photo Gallery - September 2001
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The little place we had lunch on the South coast of Upolu. It is owned by a ex-pat Kiwi and his Samoan family. They also offer inexpensive bungalows for rent and are right on the beach. Mostly a surfer hangout.
A group of beach fales similar to dozens of other groups all along the beach ridden coast. The families who own them live across the road rent them for just a few Tala.Many backpackers camp in them overnight. They are equipped with fold down tarp flaps.
The famous beach at Lalomano. Arguably the most beautiful beach in all the Samoas. We also were hit up by an old man to pay a fee for stopping on his land to photograph this scene. We gave him 50 senes (about 30 cents US).
The market is actually open 24 hours a day. Many families have a member sleep in their stall even when not open since the space could be poached by another vendor if it were vacant. Some stalls have been occupied by the same family for years I was told.
The array of produce available in Apia was incredible. Green beans seen here along with lettuce and cabbage in the background were always available along with cucumbers, green peppers, eggplant and a variety of other green food.
A final shot of the produce market. I was taking several shots on the sly since the locals don't really like to be photographed and I didn't want to appear to obvious. This one was taken while walking and has an interesting quality to it.
The beautiful bay of Asau in Savai'i is completely rural. There are no piers or docks in the bay which is protected completely by a reef which covers the mouth of the bay. A narrow man made channel is used to enter the bay.
A final shot of the Queen Jane at sea on the way to Wallis. It is very difficult to show how waves tower above the cockpit when you are trying to take photos on a pitching boat in the rain. This shot is a weak representation of what it is like.