Ive been living in Samoa over a year now...give or take the 17 weeks I spent overseas. Samoa has a huge abundance of natural beauty. And given I have a four year contract, I was enjoying it but not rushing to see everything all at once. I found my little pieces of heaven; cafes, restaurants, beaches, waterfalls that sucked in my minimal attention and figured I'd get around to all of the major touristical places over time.
Well that plan may be going out the window. Changes at work and a rather lax attitude to honouring contracts, means it may all be over before the end of the year. It may go through to 2020, time will tell. Right know good byes and a final trip to the airport seem more likely. All this means I need to start ticking off those incredible little pieces of nature faster than I hoped.
So last weekend I headed to one of the most well known ones, To Sua Ocean Trench. I'm guessing (me, not Wikipedia) a few million years ago one of the mountains that dissect the island decided to make its insides its outsides and an eruption took place. im not sure but the black rock looks decidedly like it was once lava. Anyway the result was an ocean trench thar looks like a small lake filled with water were formed on the coast, but still connected to the sea...you know what, I probable should have researched this but I live on a tropical island and I'm on island time 😄.
I've seen a million photos of To Sua, ranging from the spectacular to the ordinary and it's one of those places that require your presence and your two eyes to really take in. The water is extremely clear, the green tinge merely a reflection from the grass and flora above, The deep hole means that part of the trench is always in shade and part in light, a photographic challenge. Either the photo ends up too bright or one part is jet black. I had to wait for ages for the cloud cover to soften the light and give me something passable.
The trench could be described as a "big ole swimmin' hole" and jumping in from the top at high tide is a popular bucket list item. Fortunately for me it was low tide and a jump was impossible. Fortunate, cos I hate swimming. I much preferred the view from the top down than the view from the bottom up.
If my time here is coming to a close, I'm actually looking forward to the next few weeks. If every tourist place I have to tick off is as awesome its going to be a good couple of weeks.