An Australian policeman working in Apia has completed what he claims is the first circumnavigation of Samoa.

Andy Warton paddled a kayak around the two main islands of Samoa to raise funds for youth suicide prevention programs.

He's told Radio Australia's it took a gruelling 12 days to complete the 400 kilometre journey.

"The average paddling was...five to six hours in the first few days, but then we had that incident with the mast halfway through," he said.

"Really the days got longer and longer and the weather got worse and worse unfortunately.

"That second last day I actually... pedalled and paddled eight hours into a head wind and basically I could barely stand up when I got to shore that night."

Mr Warton says he undertook the journey to raise awareness of youth suicide in the Pacific nation.

In 2011, Samoa's Lifeline counselling service went silent for several months because of a funding crisis, and Mr Warton says he's also raised more than $US20,000 for the service.

"I think we raised more awareness than money," he said.

"Just the fact that it has been a bit of a novelty, the kayak thing hasn't been done before to this extent around Samoa, so people are interested in the novelty of the journey.

"But at the same time, everyone that I've spoken to associates it with the cause, so that's how I think we've raised the awareness."

At various stages, Mr Warton was joined by swimmers and paddlers to reinforce his message to Samoa's "at risk" young people that they're never entirely alone.

He says the people of Samoa have embraced the journey.

"It was quite inspiring actually the way not only I, but the kayak, was treated at all the villages that we pulled into," he said.

"I lost count of the amount of times where I'd turn around, having just landed, and all of a sudden six big Samoan blokes would have lifted the kayak make sure nothing happened to it.

"It's quite amazing."


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