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Lava Fields (Savaii)
Between 1905 and 1911, the eruptions of Mount Matavanu buried much fertile land, and today there are more than 200 volcanic craters and crater forests. Visitors can see stretches of black rocky coastline and lava pools on the East coast, and there are many lava tubes to explore. One of the island's more impressive sights is the lava fields of Mount Matavanu, a three-hour walk inland from Papa village, on the island's north coast. The lava flows have created an eerie moonscape, which you can view from the crater walk. Other volcanic areas include the barren Saleaula lava fields, which cover the remains of Saleaula village, and the Tafua Crater. Located on the Tafua Peninsula, the hike around the volcano rim takes about an hour from the base, and affords stunning coastal views.