Lake Lanotoo

Also known as Goldfish Lake, Lake Lanoto’o is an eerie, pea-green crater lake full of wild goldfish (and leeches). It’s a great place for a swim, but a little spooky because of alternating warm and cold currents, and the fact that the bottom of the lake has never been found. Very few visitors ever see this lovely and unusual spot.

During the German occupation of Samoa it was a popular picnicking spot. Cavalcades of parasol-shaded young women were escorted to Lake Lanoto’o by German soldiers or courtly Europeans doing the wooing thing.

Due to the overgrown maze of trails leading to the lake, it’s strongly recommended that hikers hire a guide.

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