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OLD APIA MARKET
Beach Road, west of the Town Clock
Stop by this bustling flea market to watch local artisans at work in their stalls. Look for Samoan craft items, like 'ie toga (fine mats made from pandanus leaves) and intricately carved kava bowls.
Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Venture off the Cross Island road to find these stunning falls, whose water plummets 500 feet into an old volcanic crater. One of Samoa's most impressive sights, it’s surrounded by a lush tropical rain forest.
PAPASEEA SLIDING ROCK
Apia, Upolu, Samoa
The most joyful activity on the island of Samoa may be gliding down this 16-foot natural waterslide. Once you plunge into the deep and cool freshwater swimming hole below, you'll want to slide down again and again.
Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The best time to visit this bustling market is early Saturday morning, by 7 or 8 a.m. for the best selection of fresh-picked mangoes and passion fruit, nu (coconut juice) and gorgeous tropical flowers for your hotel room. The market runs every weekday, and on Wednesdays, local artisans demonstrate how to make eis (flower garlands) and weave traditional straw hats.
TE RUA MANGA
Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands, Cook Islands
Also known as "the Needle," this 1,363-foot rocky spire offers a challenge to honeymooners in search of a good hike. Be sure to bring your boots if you're up for a climb!
THE ART OF TONGA
Fund Management Building
Taufa'ahau Road, between Wellington and Lafone roads
Owned and operated by local artist Sitiveni "Steven" Fehoko, this handicraft shop offers dramatic mother-of-pearl jewelry, whalebone letter openers and wood carvings ranging from simple refrigerator magnets to intricate tiki figurines.
Vailima was author Robert Louis Stevenson's final home and is now a wonderfully atmospheric museum. His colonial mansion built in 1891 looks as if he and his wife, Fanny, had just stepped out for a minute. All his books are here, plus 72 tons of furniture he shipped from England. Don't miss the 30-minute walk to his hilltop grave up the "Road of the Loving Hearts."