Samoa is in fact two separate and very different countries.
Independent Samoa has the most tourist appeal. There are two main islands, both with stunning secluded beaches and coastal views, some lovely waterfalls and lots of traditional fishing villages. This is a great destination to learn about Polynesian culture and immerse yourself in the local way of life. The capital town of Apia also has its own charming appeal.
Neighbouring American Samoa, just 100km to the south east, shares an identical culture and language but was taken over by America in 1899 and remains a US territory. Although its traditional culture and lifestyle has been eroded on the outside, the people are still very much Polynesians at heart.
The main island of Tutuila has a stunning coastline and fantastic and very assessible rainforest from the coast to the high mountain peaks. The island, along with the smaller islands of the Manu’a Group further east, also boasts some of the finest archaelogical sites in Polynesia.