Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. The city is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa second largest island. Apia is the only city in Samoa and falls within the political district of Tuamasaga.Mulinuu, the old ceremonial capital, lies at the city western end, and is the location of the Parliament House (Maota Fono) and the historic observatory, which is now the meteorology office.Apia Harbour is by far the largest and busiest harbour in Samoa. International shipping with containers, LPG gas, and fuels all dock here. Ferries to Tokelau and American Samoa depart from here. The modern capital Apia was founded in the 1850s and has been the official capital of Samoa since 1959.