So I did it! i caught a local bus!! Have the picture to prove it any everything. So I pad my 70p bus fare (which considering their average hourly wage is 30p and hour is quite expensive for them?!). So I went to the main bus station in Apia amd just asked to get to this Coconuts Resort Place right ont he south side of the island. Very helpful Samoans pointed me in the right direction of a 'bus', and it happened to be going in a few minutes which was handy. Didn't have any windows which was actually quite nice in the heat.
So, an hour later, I made it to Maninoa, and the Coconuts Report was really pretty. Right on the beach, I hired a canoe and paddled round this lagoon for a bit, topped up my ever growing tan, then came back for a swim and a massge in the spa!
In the afternoon I went out on a boat for a 'guided' snorkelling tour of the reef. The waves were HUGE so there were also loads of surfers out. Sadly, I didn't see any turtles which are apparently there all the time, possibly because the surf was too high.
So, late afternoon, I head back to the main road to get a taxi back 9it was in the middle of no where and they don't have bus stops sp ot was one thing getting the bus one way, but picking it up was far too much!). But, as I'm waiting for a taxi to drive past, along comes a bus with 'Apia' painted on the front, and stopping for some Samoans standing next to me, so I jumped on and hoped for the best!
Turned out really well as I wasn't the only tourist on there! Met this cool NZ chick, who was only holiday with her mum and aunty. Chatted to them the whole way back and they invited to this traditional Samoan dancing thing when we got back. Was lots of fun.
Then they invited to out to dinner at this restaurant in town, and then out partying. Turns out they don't use measures here either! Although i was very well behaved and actually didn't drink that much at all. Was nice to see a bit of Samoan nightlife! But I was asked if I was married of had children (eugh, as if!) about 30 times!