- Swim with Turtles and Giant Clams
- Browse Local Fish Markets
- Cultural Village of Samoa Tour
- Picnic at To – Sua Ocean Trench
- Fire Show and Dance at Taufua Beach Fales
- Le Valasi Beach Fale Sunsets
- Walk with locals to Blood Well, Moon of Stars Cave, and Vaatausili Cave
Points of Interest
- Lalomanu Beach
- Taumeasina Island Resort
- Clock Tower
- Catholic Cathedral of Muliva
- Maketi Fou (farmers markets)
- Marine Reserve of Palolo
- Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
- Mount Vaea
- Papapapaitai Falls
- Aganoa Black Sand Beach
- Togitogiga Waterfall
- Papasee Sliding Rocks
- Piula Cave Pool
- Fuipisia Waterfall Samoa
Talofa lava and welcome to Samoa, the treasured islands of the South Pacific. Samoa is considered the heart of Polynesia. It has a 3000-year-old way of life called Fa’a Samoa that underpins a memorable visitor experience. Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore. Blessed with stunning land and seascapes, and friendly people who are proud of their country, there are many versions of paradise to discover. From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of Savai’i, and the vast valleys leading down to Upolu’s coastline. They are ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches. Explore Samoa’s lush green fertile valleys where banyan trees tower above the tropical rainforest canopy. Take time to cool down at a watering hole next to one of Samoa’s many cascading waterfalls. The coastline is a wonder, with sparkling white sand beaches, and there are walls of sheer cliffs that drop straight into the Pacific. Beyond the shores out into the blue lagoons are scattered islands. These islands make up the Samoa archipelago. Some inhabited, others with only wildlife, all protected by the fringing coral reef that keeps the powerful force of the Pacific Ocean at bay.
DAY 1: EXPLORING APIA
Taumeasina Island Resort. Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows. Enjoy the newly renovated Hotel & Bungalows located conveniently by the harbor. This beautiful hotel includes incredible food, a spa, cultural shows, and of course, traditional ceremonies.
Start this day with a stop at the local fish market. This traditional market is one of the main hubs for the economy for many of Samoa’s people. Afterward, you will continue to the clock tower, a national memorial, where Samoa’s Police Band proudly raise the national flag. This beloved nation shows great patriotism and pride. After the band’s performance, we will be walking across the road to the Catholic Cathedral of Mulivai. There is such a strong sense of community in Apia. Around 10:30 am, you will end up at the Cultural Village of Samoa for a show at 10:30 am. This two-hour village tour is an enriching inspiration. This incredible show journeys through various ‘stations’ such as traditional food cooked in a ground oven (umu); an Ava ceremony (kava); a beautiful dance show; a tattoo show; woodwork, and fa’a saipo (traditional tapa creations). You will also learn the Samoan way, the old code of conduct. This code of conduct still influences every Samoan’s life.
You will be spending this time at the market, Maketi Fou. This market boasts a tropical oasis of locally grown vegetables and fruit. You can buy many items ready to eat. Be amazed at the local avocados, super sweet star fruit or delicious mangos. Next, off to a third market in Apia. This is the flea market where traditional clothes, souvenirs, and sarongs are sold. Afterward, we are going to visit the central bus station. Samoan buses are a unique way to see the community pride and charm of Samoa. They blast music, and these brightly painted treasures are an attraction all their own. However; a more critical aspect of Samoan culture is found on the bus. It shows how well the Samoans get along and share.
Walk along the Beach Road for stunning views of Apia. The road leads to the Marine Reserve of Palolo, where snorkeling in Samoa is best possible. On the way, there is also the Seafood Gourmet Bar & Grill and Cocktails on The Rocks, which offer great food and drinks.
DAY 2: CROSS ISLAND ROAD
We’ll start at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. The Scottish author of Treasure Island came to Samoa hoping its tropical climate would help with his tuberculosis. He built a beautiful mansion which serves as the present-day museum. A short hike from the estate, Stevenson is buried atop Mount Vaea, a good spot for panoramic views of Apia and the blue ocean.
After visiting the museum; you will continue on the Cross Island Road headed to Papapapaitai Falls lookout. This 100-meter waterfall is the highest in Samoa but often covered in clouds that quickly form in the deep gorge.
As you reach the main South Coast Road, visit the Ma Tree. The easy 15-minute walk will lead you through the forest to the base of this massive ma tree, with its overgrown roots fanning out in every direction. It’s something straight out of a fairytale, common in French Polynesia but rare in Samoa.
From the Ma Tree, you will travel to the Aganoa Black Sand Beach.
Go to Togitogiga Waterfall which is located further east along the South Coast Road. A path through a tropical garden, part of the recreation reserve, leads to many beautiful cascade swimming pools. Old Samoan warriors liked to swim here, and it is a wonderful place for a picnic. If you want to hit the beach before you’re going to our last stop, Togitogiga Waterfall Samoa. The beach is beautiful and enjoyable to swim in. Now, we’re going to drive back to Apia, again going through Papapaaitai Falls. We’ll finish our day in the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks on our way through Apia. It’s fun to ride the smooth volcanic rock down to the pool, as its name suggests. Check before sliding down, because in the dry season it can be a bumpy landing.
DAY 3: WATERFALLS, SWIMMING HOLES & BEACH
It’s time to take a look at Apia and get on the road again. Start again early so you can arrive at Piula Cave Pool before anyone else arrives. The water from the highlands fills this magical swimming hole. Go for a swim and use snorkeling gear to get the full experience in this incredibly clear water! Stop at the Fuipisia Waterfall and walk to the top of this 55-meter high waterfall. Wow!
Further down the road is the tallest waterfall on the island and the last one we will see today. The Sopoaga Waterfall emerges from the jungle-like some animated movie about paradise. Cascading from one pool to another, it eventually finds its way to the river, and into your dreams.
Take to the south coast to the east and stop to have a picnic and swim in the To – Sua Ocean Trench. You cannot come to Samoa without visiting one of nature’s most exceptional achievements. Two sinkholes are connected by a lava tube from a seemingly flat grassy surface, and one is filled with aqua – blue waters that come from the nearby ocean. The To-Sua Ocean Trench is consistently featured on the list of “sights you need to visit before you die.”
At Lalomanu Beach, the day will come to an end, where you will also check in on Taufua Beach Fales or Litia Sini’s more upmarket Beach Fales.
The beach is a popular place to stay in Samoa and on Wednesdays and Saturdays, you’ll be treated to a Polynesian dance and fire show at Taufua Beach Fales.
DAY 4: RELAXING ON THE BEACH
Surely Lalomanu Beach is one of the South Pacific’s best beaches and the best beach in Samoa. It doesn’t get any better! Enjoy a day of pure relaxation, Polynesian massages, and cocktails of the happy hour! Find your way to nearby Vavau Beach if you seriously want to explore another beach.
DAY 5: GOING OFF THE GRID
You will be spending this day at a nearby island, Namua. This island seems like another world. Snorkel, relax, and even walk to the top of the island. Spend the day at the beach and enjoy the simplicity of the area.
DAY 6: SWIMMING WITH GIANT CLAMS
Head out towards the west side of Upolu’s southern coast. The Savaii village is a peaceful setting along the seaside. We will be observing Sa’a with the other villagers. From 18:00 to 19:00, villagers must remain indoors, pray, and have good family time on Sunday. The best sunsets on the islands can be seen here, and Le Valasi’s Beach Fales are incredible. You will also get to visit the Sanctuary of Giant Clams.
DAY 7: TROPICAL BEACH HOPPING
Today, we will travel to Le Valasi’s Beach Fales to visit a few tropical beaches. If you’re cycling, take plenty of water, a hat and be prepared for off-road cycling as the beaches are always a few kilometers from the main road. Cycling to Salamumu Beach, you can often see youth fishing along the way. This crescent-shaped stretch of white sand is striking! The ocean is clear, and the water is inviting.
DAY 8: SAVAII SOUTH COAST
Start this adventure on the morning ferry to Savaii. Savaii is much larger than Upolu, yet only about a quarter of the population lives here. The traditional way of life (fa’a) is practiced here, where the volcano, Matuvano, erupted over 100 years ago. Heading to Saleloga, the only town on the island, we will get some snacks (fruits and vegetables) for the next couple of days. We head off to Afu Aau Falls a refreshing dip. Most likely, you will be the only ones here. Continue from the falls towards the southern coast. You will pass several sleepy villages and picturesque basalt cliffs.
A long and pleasant drive through the coast of Savaii will take you for a quick stop to Lovers Leap. Legend tells of a blind woman and her daughter that believed they had been left behind to starve, so they jumped off the ledge. Upon hitting the water, one turned into a sea turtle and the other a shark. They say that sometimes you can see a shark and turtle cruising the deep blue bay.
We end the day in Cape Mulinuu on the southwestern coast. Before missionaries came to the islands, this was an area of great spirituality. It is believed that the Soul of Samoans was carried into the afterlife at sunset. It is worth feeling and hearing the stories for yourself. The locals will be pleased to take you on a short walk to the Blood Well, Vaatausili Cave, and the Moon of Stars where more unusual rituals occurred back in the day. Falealupo Peninsula and enjoy the vast wild palm trees.
Check-in at Savaiian Hotel and back to Salelologa, the hotel also offers excellent buffet breakfasts and great meals, regardless of the type of accommodation you choose.
DAY 9: SAVAII EAST & NORTH COASTS
That’s a hectic and enjoyable day so you can start early. Once you’re out of’ Salelologa Metro,’ the houses along the beach are replaced with long, white sand and sometimes rustic villages.
You will see the remains of the LMS church and hear the stories, of entire villages and fertile land taken by lava 9 meters thick.
Heading off to Mataolealo Spring, you will experience Polynesia’s swiftlet nests. Then a quick stop in Peapea cave. This unique part of Savaii is rattled with underground lava tubes. The Canopy Walkway is absolute Oasis. Next is the footprint of Moso and the remnants the House of Rock Catholic church battered by the cyclone. This part of Savaii is rural, and many of its people do not speak English.
This completes the tour, stay at Manase for the last night, and enjoy some time by the beach. The Savaii Lagoon Resort and Le Lagoto Resort and the Manase Beach Fales are the perfect choices for those on the beach who want simplicity.
DAY 10: RELAXING IN MANASE OR SCUBA DIVING
It’s the last of ten days in Samoa, so why not relax on the sea? In Savaii, Manase beach is the prettiest beach frequented in the morning and the early evening by sea turtles.