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Apolima Island seen from the planeIt was not possible for us to visit Apolima. The island had a special church ceremony during the week where we wanted to go; the bad weather also limited the unique access to the island. Anyway, Samoan Agricultural officers will go to Apolima and discuss with people there about conservation of coconut varieties.
Apolima is situated in the Apolima Strait between the country's two largest islands, Upolu and Savai'i. The island is a rim of an extinct volcanic crater with a maximum height of 165 m. It is a little less than one square kilometer in size. There is one village settlement, called Apolima Tai, with a population of 75 (2006 Census).
Nu'utele is an island which consists of a volcanic tuff ring situated 1.3 km off the eastern end of Upolu island, Samoa. It is the largest of the four Aleipata Islands, with a surface of 1.08 km². Together with Nu'ulua, a smaller island in the Aleipata group, the two areas are significant conservation areas for native species of bird life. Nu'utele, the third-largest of the seven islands, had the greatest proportion of native forest and harbored the most species of landbirds, including five not found on any other offshore island. Nu'utele features steep terrain with vertical marine cliffs up to 180 m high.