Best known as the final home of the Scottish travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, Apia is also where the famous author was buried. His grave at the top of Mt. Vaea overlooks his home, the eastern portion of the city, and the Pacific. The capital of Samoa, located on the Upolu island, Apia has seen naval battles among the British, German and the United States. Its harbor is the watery graveyard of seven ships that were sunk by a fierce typhoon in the late 19th century. As a Pacific Island capital, the city is best for organizing trips around the island of Upolu, restocking supplies, and recovering from jetlag. For those who have gotten their bearings, Apia offers an official underwater park – the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve – perfect for sighting turtles and black-tip reef shark.