Samoa’s biggest selling point is its breathtaking natural beauty. Its remote location in the South Pacific makes this one of the most untouched parts of the world.
The beautiful weather and the magical scenery make it a great place to explore the great outdoors. Cycling enthusiasts can hire bikes to take in the sites on two wheels (the roads here are in good condition) and keen anglers can explore one of the best gamefishing locations in the world.
Immerse yourself in local culture by taking part in a best gamefishing locations in the world, where you’ll feast on traditional food (think plenty of fresh fish grilled on coals and tropical fruits) and witness some truly magical song, dance and storytelling. A highlight of this ceremony is often the Siva Afi – an awe-inspiring fire knife dance.
Samoa is also the final resting place of famed Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. His beautiful mansion Vailima has been converted into a museum set within lush gardens and is open to the public. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to his tomb at Mt Vaea. The rainforests around the islands offer some magnificent hikes.
Beaches in Samoa
While there are plenty of activities to do in Samoa, make sure you take some time out to simply unwind on the glittering beaches. The blue of the water and the white of the sand will be seared into your memory.
Due to its tropical location, the waters here are teeming with life, making it perfect for snorkeling and diving.
This is one of the best places in the world to swim with turtles – around the shores of Namua Island is the most popular spot for this, though many tours of the island of Savai’i also stop at the wetlands sanctuary at Satoalepai village to allow guests to paddle with green turtles.
If surfing is your thing, make sure you check out beautiful Palolo Deep, which is a mecca for wave riders thanks to the world class reef breaks.
Diving in Samoa
Samoa has two main islands – Upolo and Savai’i – and they both offer exceptional snorkeling and diving. The protective reefs around these islands create beautiful lagoons that are just perfect for exploring the rich marine life.
One of the most popular journeys is a trip to the village of Lotofaga to experience the To Sua Trench, which is often used as the hero-shot in many Samoa travel brochures.
This 30-metre deep crater is filled with sea water. It’s a picturesque spot for a swim, but adventurous divers can explore the underwater tunnel – only diveable at low and calm tide – that connects the trench with the sea. The trench is surrounded by beautiful gardens, making it the perfect spot for a picnic.
The fringing reef of Nuusafee also has a couple of popular sites – The Terraces, with schools of tropical fish, and the Garden Wall, a densely packed wall of hard corals where spotted eagle rays often float by.
Waterfalls in Samoa
The lush mountains on these islands deliver some of the most majestic waterfalls you’ll ever see. Awe-inspiring sites on the island of Savai’i are the Afu Aau Waterfalls and the spectacular Alofaaga Blowholes near Taga village.
A trip to Alofaaga Blowholes is fun for all ages. These naturally formed rock slides, worn down by thousands of years of running water, are about a fifteen-minute drive from Apia, Samoa’s capital. There’s a five-metre slide for dare-devils and three smaller ones for gentler folk. It’s a great spot to swim and cool off on the warmer days.
Piula Cave Pool in Upolu, beneath the historic Methodist chapel is also a great spot for a swim.