Alofaaga Blowholes | Michael Gorey

Alofaaga Blowholes

Alofaaga Blowholes

There are many spectacular sites in Samoa, but one that literally blew us away was the Alofaaga Blowholes.

This unique natural phenomenon is located in a relatively isolated area of the less-populated island of Savai'i, a short distance from the village of Taga.

We cycled into Taga and nearly missed the fading directional sign by the side of the main road.

Less than a kilometre from the village we came to the site entrance, where we had to each pay the customary fee of 10 tala ($6). This money goes to the village. Some of it may go towards upkeep of the relevant site, but generally it goes toward village funds, and no cashed-up visitor could begrudge the locals this small income.

A dirt track from the entrance went about another kilometre to the start of the blowholes. On the northern side were abandoned fales. There must have been an attempt to establish a "resort" here, but with no possibility to swim or snorkel, it probably didn't attract many overnight visitors.

On the seaward side, the first view and feel of spray gushing out of rock into the sky was amazing, but the show became even more impressive further along.

According to Wikipedia, lava flows have created a series of tubes connecting a flat clifftop of lava rock with the ocean below. Waves breaking against the lower end of the tubes send water at high pressure up through the tubes, creating fountains that spray every few seconds.

We were there at a king tide, making the display more spectacular. Our guide warned us to not go too close to the blowholes. There are no fences and a slip could be fatal. The sea was also raging.

Unfortunately we didn't have time to travel further along the track to Pa Sopo’ia Cave. It's believed this cave is an ancient pathway where the ancestor spirits travel to reach the Devil’s lair at Cape Mulinu’u, the final meeting place before they enter the spirit world known to Samoans as Pulotu.

Samoa is truly a great wonder. Here's a video recorded at the blowholes:

<< Go back to the previous page