By Roland Bourdeix, Malua Solinuu. Valerie Saena Tuia and Alofa Leuluaialii

This website returns the information collected during four scientific visits conducted in 2001, 2010, 2012 and 2017 on behalf the Ministry of Agriculture of Samoa, the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network, the Secretatiat of the South Pacific Community, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bioversity International, CIRAD (French Centre for Agricultural Research and Development), the Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (CIDP project) and the Darwin Initiative "Saving Pacific Coconuts".

Namu'a or Anamu'a Island

Namua is one of four small islands in the Aleipata Islands, off the east coast of Upolu island in Samoa. The island is a 10-minute boat ride from Upolu and has beach fale accommodation for visitors. There are lookouts and it takes about an hour to walk around the island.

Namu'a is an eroded tuff cone but does not have the horseshoe shaped bay on the east side as the others neighbouring islands. Whistler (1983) recorded that it was uninhabited during his visits in 1974-81 but that the remains of concrete buildings were present. It is 20 ha in extent and 70 m in elevation and mostly clothed in secondary coastal forest (Whistler 1983). Namu'a has a simple architecture with a steeply dipping cone flank and a half-open crater zone facing toward the east. Both Namua and Fanuatapu were formed from explosive magma and water interaction (c.f. Kokelaar, 1983; Sohn, 1996; Auer et al., 2007; Németh and Cronin, 2009). The explosion locus must have been shallow and the volcanic conduit open, enabling relatively small amounts of country rock to be incorporated. The presence of coral and mollusc fragments in the pyroclastic successions indicates that the explosion locus was in surface units of a shallow seafloor during the onset of volcanism. The asymmetry of the islands with breached eastern sides is likely the result of wave action, rather than a reflection of original tephra dispersion.

The island now has a small resort on it. The flat area facing west and sheltered from the Trade Winds is grassed and there are several fales for visitors.
Namua Island Beach Fales resort - (685) 7510231; 7588209 Email:

Long-tailed cuckoo/Aleva (Eudynamys taitensis) A single feather of this species was found on the summit of Namu’a I in Jun 2003.


Németh, K., & Cronin, S. J. (2009). Volcanic structures and oral traditions of volcanism of Western Samoa (SW Pacific) and their implications for hazard education. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research186(3), 223-237.