The city is situated on a natural harbour at the mouth of the Vaisigano River.
Apia harbor was the site of an infamous 15 March 1889 naval standoff.
Seven ships from Germany, the US, and Britain refused to leave the harbor.
A typhoon was clearly approaching, but the first who moved would lose face.
All the ships were sunk but one, and nearly 200 lives were lost.
The Apia Urban Area has a population of 37,708 according to a 2006 Census.
The country has no trains or trams, but is served with an extensive bus service.
Apia features a tropical rainforest climate with consistent temperatures throughout the year.
Apia's driest months are July and August when on average about 80 mm of rain falls.
From December through March average monthly precipitation easily exceeds 300 mm.
The following pics show the devastating Tsunami damage.
Liquid Blue was in Apia just after the Tsunami.
The 2009 Samoa earthquake was a submarine earthquake in the Samoan Islands region.
At a magnitude of 8.1, it was the largest earthquake of 2009.
A tsunami was generated which caused substantial damage and loss of life.
Twenty villages on Upolu south side were reportedly destroyed.
Samoa evacuated people from the entire city of Apia.
Scientists determined that waves measured 14 metres at their highest on the Samoan coast.
A waterfall in the distance.
This House of Worship is a 30-meter domed structure open to the public for individual prayer.
Apia was originally a small village with a population of 304 in the year 1800.