Few travellers make the trip out to the minuscule but marvellous Apolima. From a distance, its steep walls look completely inaccessible; when you get closer you can spy the narrow gap in the northern cliffs, through which small boats can enter the crater and land on a sandy beach. The small settlement consists of a handful of buildings interspersed with pigpens, jungly foliage and (naturally) a large church. To get an overview of the island, climb up to the small lighthouse perched high on the crater’s northern rim.
Getting to Apolima isn’t easy. You’ll need an invitation to stay with a local family; Sunset View Fales, on nearby Manono, may be able to arrange this – plus a boat to come and collect you – but you’ll have to negotiate a fee.