Samoa Destination Guide

Samoa has a little of everything to offer tourists from all over the world. Apia, the capital city, is the hub of every activity in this pacific haven. Gear yourself with some comfy clothes, sunnies and a good camera, and head off in any direction. We guarantee you will find something truly amazing.

There's something for everybody, so come and experience sensational Samoa!

This Samoa destination guide will help you plan your perfect holiday, showing you the Samoa highlights you should check out. A perfect way to do this is by taking a local tour. We also have some general travel information which will tell you all you need to know to plan your Samoa holiday, and be sure to check out the local highlights of Samoa's Pacific neighbours Vanuatu, Fiji, and Australia.

Things to See & Do in Samoa

The Coast and the Falls Top

Journey east along the north coast to Piula Cave Pool and on to Falefa Falls. Drive through Fagalua Bay, and the Le Mafa Pass with its tropical forest and mountains and down to east coast. Head to the Namua Ferry and get on to the picturesque Lalomanu Beach for a stroll or swim. Continue along the south coast, take in the local beach fales and stop at Vavau Beach. Or visit Salopaga Waterfall Lookout, which also has a live demo on coconut husking.

Eco Tourism Top

Stop-over at the Togitogiga Forest Reserve for a forest stroll or swim at Maninoa Beach. Go along the south coast and stop at Sa anapu to go to Virgin Cove or the Mangrove Boardwalk. Cross over Faleletai and LeFaga Bays and journey along the west coast to Manono and Savaii Island ferry terminals. Continue along the north coast and a must-stop is Sam's famous green turtle feeding pond.

Samoa's Paradise Beach Top

One of the most beautiful beaches Samoa has to offer is Paradise Beach, named  after the movie 'Return To Paradise,' starring Clark Gable. This beach is rich in coral life, and is therefore slightly dangerous to swim as you run the risk of injury. However, Paradise is great for snorkelling.

Samoa's Piula Cave Pool Top

For the geography buffs, there is the Piula Cave Pool, situated right below the monastery of Piula. Take a taxi to Piula and wash away all your concerns in this clear, relaxing pool.

O Le Pupu Pue National Park Top

Nature lovers can visit O Le Pupu Pue National Park, the only national park in Upolu, and one of the only free tourist admissions in Samoa. Fales are available for picnics and the main attraction is probably the Togitogiga Falls.

Samoa Adventure Top

Adventure seekers should attempt the Papaseea Sliding Rocks, which are a bunch of slippery rocks and waterfalls in the midst of the Samoan rainforest. Only a ten minute drive from Apia towards the north-central part of Upolu Island. Sea Kayaking and Outrigger Canoeing are also famous sports in Samoa.

Robert Louis Stevenson  Top

The Famous Scottish author of such books as Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, settled in Samoa in the early 1890's with his family. The Samoan's gave him the name Tusitala, meaning "teller of tales". After his death he was buried with a ceremony normally reserved for royalty. You can visit his beautiful island plantation home, which is now a museum at Vailima.  The home and grounds have been beautifully restored, and contain many of stevenson's personal belongings.