Independant State of Samoa Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by hanspeter_W.
  • Things to Do
    by hanspeter_W.
  • Things to Do
    by hanspeter_W.

Independant State of Samoa Things to Do

  • O Le Pupu-Pue National Park

    The combination of tropical climate and fertile soil make Samoa the perfect breeding ground for rainforests and other lush landscapes such as mangrove swamps and marshes. These ecosystems are all alive with native wildlife, such as seabirds, skinks, flying foxes, geckos, as well as a plethora of unique flora. One of the best remaining rainforests...

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  • Visit the Sopo'aga Falls.

    The Sopo'aga falls were my first stop on a little half-day trip I did while staying at Lalomanu. The falls are well sign-posted if you're heading south on the main South Coast Road, but if you're heading north, as I was, the sign faces the wrong way!There is a five tala charge to view the waterfalls, payable in an honesty box if there's no one...

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  • Swim in the To Sua Ocean Trench.

    The word 'trench' doesn't really describe this geographic feature that well. I'm guessing that this feature is a collapsed sea cave. Basically it's a big hole in the ground (up a cliff on the south coast), which has a pool of magnificent blue-green water in it. The pool is linked to the sea through an unseen tunnel, and so the pool is salt water....

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  • Enjoy the ambience of this South Pacific...

    Aggie Grey's Hotel in Apia is part of South Pacific history. I guess it could be likened to Raffles of Singapore, with many stories linked to its past. Today, you can opt to stay here or just call in for a coffee and a chance to sit in the front lobby or cafe. There is a certain Edwardian feeling to the decor in there. If you're interested in the...

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  • Go to church on Sunday morning.

    In all my trips to the Pacific, I had never gone to a church on a Sunday morning to hear the sublime singing it seems every Pacific Islander is blessed with. While staying at Lalomanu, on U'polu, I finally had this chance. The singing was magnificent. The dress code at Lalomanu wasn't too strict, but if you are planning on visiting one of the...

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  • Piula Cave Pool.

    On the Main East Coast Road, you'll find the Piula Cave Pool, a natural pool of sea water with an adjacent picnic area, changing block and toilets and showers. Reached through the grounds of a methodist college, there is a WST$5 parking and access fee. The pool would be a great place to while away a sunny afternoon with a picnic. It is closed on...

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  • Visit Robert Louis Stevenson's House.

    The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum at Vailima, in the hills above Apia, is a well-preserved and presented piece of literary history and Samoan heritage. The great 19th century author of the well known "Treasure Island" and "Kidnapped", lived here for the last four years of his life. The building has been added to over the years, but the old...

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  • Stop at the Papapapai-tai falls.

    About half way along The Cross Island Road between Apia and the south coast is the Papapapai-tai falls. The pull-in is clearly signposted and the viewing area is in the carpark. You need a good telephoto lense though to take a decent picture! There is no charge to park and view the falls.

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  • Church spotting on U'polu.

    There are some photogenic churches around U'polu. On the road from the airport to Apia are some of the grandest churches (none of which I got photos of sadly). Here some pictures from villages in the eastern end of U'polu.

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  • Exploring the south coast of U'polu.

    Having a hire car is great in Samoa. I did a little bit of exploring along the south coast of U'polu on two separate occasions. On the first trip I turned right at the end of The Cross Island Road and drove out to have a little look at the accommodation at Virgin Cove. On my second little expedition I started in Lalomanu and went as far as the...

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  • Blob out at Lalomanu.

    Lalomanu beach has to be the best beach on the south coast of U'polu Island in Samoa. There's three beach fale places to stay (see my accommodation pages for more about the best one of the three) and a strip of magnificent sand fronted by aqua-marine waters and further out the white breakers on the reef, stark against the deep blue of the Pacific...

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  • Take a heritage walk in Apia.

    I really enjoyed my few days in Apia. Unless it's a public holiday (when the only thing missing from the picture of deserted streets is tumbleweed), this small city is Samoa's bustling capital of about 35000 people.My Lonely Planet guide recommended a walk along Apia's waterfront to take in some of the heritage of this port city. The walk included...

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  • Road Trip

    So, avoid to stay in resorts or in Apia. Rent a car and use every single road in Upolu. As you live Apia, take the southern road and we'll have a real scenic road. You can not get lost because it's only one road :). At first, you'll have the turquoise sea on your right. After a while you'll pass through a mountainous region, surrounded by the most...

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  • Return to Paradise Beach

    It is simply amazing. As everywhere in Samoa, it is, nothing to do. Just swim, read in one of the most exotic places on earth. You won't find too many people on this beach, as it is not easily accessible and it doesn't have any resort near.One photo makes one million words so I attached you four million words :)Remind that you don't have any food...

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  • Spend the days... wandering the beaches

    The Beaches in Upolu.. are breathtaking.., however.. you need to take a drive over to the other side of the island.. Saleapaga is a great place to Stop. There is a set of small beach fales ... that the proprietor.. Maetoa... will cook for you .. if you call in advance. She makes a great samoan dish Pisupo.. and taro with coconut cream.. Also.. her...

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  • Villa Vailima

    To get to Villa Vailima, where the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson lived with his family, and died, in 1894 (he had tuberculosis and needed warm places to live), you can start your walk in Apia market; it will take you approximately one hour, much less if you start in Vailima.The house was constructed in 1890 by Stevenson and today is a kind...

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  • Beach

    escape the hassle of town and take a trip to the rural areas where all the beautiful Beaches are at...Visit the Paradise Beach where the classis "Return to Paradise" was shot at....Matareva Beach....or more better....drive on down to Lalomanu and choose from the many beach fales..relax in the waters of the islands....i gaurantee the satisfactions..

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  • Piula Cave Pools

    Underneath the monastry of Piula is the Piula Cave Pool. Taking a photo of the freshwater pool is for free, but if you wish to swim in it you have to pay a fee of around 5 Tala towards the monastry. The pool is right next to the ocean shore but waters don't mix. The water is cool, calm and crystal clear. You can swim through the cave and leave it...

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  • O Le Pupu-Pue National Park

    Upolu's only National Park is one of the only sights in Samoa, where you don't have to pay for. There are fales available for a picnic. The main "attraction" are probably the Togitogiga Falls. A stream falls down two levels into two beautiful pools. Accessing the pools is quite a challenge as it is very steep and there is no proper path. There are...

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  • Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

    The famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote Jekyll & Hide and Treasure Island, was so fascinated by Samoa that he decided to live there and in fact he spent the major part of his life here. He's well known among the people back then and was loved by the children for his ability to tell stories. Therefore, is his Samoan name ...

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  • Apia

    Apia is not big and you will hardly find many big buildings there. However, most hotels are here.In the city center at the main roundabout you'll find the parliament and the treasury as it is the capital of Samoa. These buildings were sponsored by the Chinese government and as a matter of fact they do look a little bit Communist-style. Near to the...

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  • Eating Tropical Fruit.....

    One of the BEST things about going to a tropical land is the fruit......Although Samoa may not have the variety of fruit on hand like one sees in Hawaii or SE Asia, there are lots of things to try.... familiar and unfamiliar.Mangoes.... lots of different kinds in season, coconuts of course,papaya, several kinds of bananas, avocado, pineapple,...

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  • Turtle Colony

    Half way between Faleolo Int'l airport and Samoa there will be a large pond on one side of the road. Some palm trees will border it and the shore will be on the opposite. You won't see them at first because there hiding, but if you throw some bread or grass into the water chances are high that they will come to the surface. There will be about 20...

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  • In the Middle of Nowhere - Fuipisia...

    This fall is right in the middle of Upolu, in the rainforest. You will have to look out for a sign on the Inter-Island-Road. You will arrive at someone's house and you have to pay a little fee (5-7 Tala). Then you are allowed to walk a path through thick rain forest. And then it seems to appear from nowhere, but in front of you is a steep slope and...

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  • Sunday Church

    Samoans are the most religious people in the South Pacific and they take their Sundays ver seriously. On Sunday morning they all dress up in white dresses and go to church. During that time it is better to stay in the hotel and not on the street or at the beach. If you are in a resort going to the beach is acceptable.When on the road from the...

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  • Papase'ea Sliding Rocks

    Papase'ea Sliding Rocks is a bunch of waterfalls in the midst of Samoa's rain forest. From Apia, it's a ten minute drive and I think it costs only 10 Tala by taxi. So that'd be probably the best way to get there, unless you don't have a car. At the entrance you have to pay a little fee, but make sure that there is enough water running on that...

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  • Return To Paradise Beach

    This is one of the most beautiful beaches Samoa has to offer. The beach got its name from the movie "Return To Paradise" starring Clark Gable from the 1950s. This beach belongs to the village of Lefaga and when entering the beach you have to pay a little fee according to the size of your vehicle. It is not much but it helps the village that...

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  • The waterfalls of Upolu

    There are many beatifull waterfalls in Samoa. Rent a car for a day and drive around the Island of Upolu and see them in a day. Some are nice places to have a cooling swim, while others are just for the scenic view.Have a look at my Upolu waterfalls travelogue for details and pictures .

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  • Canoe tour in the Sataoa mangroves

    One of Upolu's most important wetland areas are located around the villages of Sataoa and Sa'anapu. In an effort to preserve the area it has been declared a conservation area with support from UNESCO. The local conservation comitee maintains a nature trail trough the mangroves and arranges an 1 - 2 hour tour with a walk into the lush mangrove...

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  • Church Day

    Sunday is church day all over Samoa, people dress up and walk to church. If you are traveling around on a sunday you wil meet people dressed in white erywhere on their way to church near by.

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  • I like Cool Mountains on a Hot Day

    Apia is B-O-r-I-N-g. If you read just the capiatl letters, what's that spell? BOIN. it means nothing. I have too much time on my hands. In Apia you'll have so much time, you'll be smart to move on fast. if you think the Baha'i temple would be a nice way to pass a couple of hours, I have news for you- Maybe.it's a nice ride up the mountain- take a...

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  • I like SARS!

    Run! SARS has liquified! We thought SARS was bad enough- but it's multiplied- it's not just SARS TIME- it's DOUBLE SARS time. Ahhhhhhhhh! Tastes like Rootbeer though.

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  • I like NO TRAFFIC

    I like no traffic- when there is No traffic. That happens only a couple of times- 1) On Savai'i there is never traffic because there's no people- OK there are a few, but there are even less cars; 2) Apolima and Monano Islands are too tiny for cars I heard- so there's no traffic there I'm guessing; 3) On Sunday before noon in Apia, you can stand in...

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  • I like the Reef

    The reef circle the entirity of each island out here and it's unreal. The snorkeling should therefore also be unreal. Everyone says to go to Paodolo ( i think that's how you spell it) in Apia and go snorkeling- it's unreal...All the tourists i saw there, and that's not many, said the snorkeling was unreal! I personally wasn't impressed. Most of the...

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  • I like Jesus too.

    Well, I'm not a religious man by any means, and I'm not even a Christian, but that doesn't matter- samoans will take you as a friend no matter. It seems to me that if Jesus is coming back, he's coming to Samoa- no one loves him more than these people.

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  • I like Mean Buses.

    Take the Bus. Everyone says they had to rent a car to "Do Samoa." Granted everyone "does Samoa" in a few days and drives all over the place stinking up the place. The bus is the best way to go in my opinion. Ok- yes they may stink up the place more than the cars, but they look better. They have cool names, like Meanest here, and they have great...

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  • I like BBQ

    One of many BBQs we ate in Western Samoa. Unfortunately, these are not as common in Apia, on Upolu as they are in Savai'i. I am extremely biased when it comes to BBQ. And the BBQ in Savai'i was much better in Savai'i, much more available and cooked to please.

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  • Must See Activity

    If you are adventurous than you would love to jumb under the falling water of Olemoe water fall, a truly fun experience and if you are feeling more adventurous climb higher on the sides and jump down, its great stuff.

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  • Swimming at Rock Pools

    Swimming in natural rock pools is a must - the water is fresh and cool - some villages may charge tourists so it is best to go with friends or a guide

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  • It's official - you don't need...

    It's official - you don't need to travel to Hawaii to catch an awesome wave! Upolu's village of Salani offers the best of Samoa's Surf.If you stay at the Salani Surf Resort, they have surfguides that are qualified lifeguards - who take you out to greet the action and save you if you need rescuing.

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  • Visit Beaches - Lalomanu,...

    Visit Beaches - Lalomanu, Matareva, Vavao, Piula Cave PoolHire a car\jeep so you have the freedom to explore the villages and scenery on your own (take a map)Visit Village Life, caution dont just walk into a village unless youve been invited, ask at the Visitors Bureau in town, or the guide where you are staying and they may be able to help. In a...

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  • visit the lovely beaches, go...

    visit the lovely beaches, go round the island, visit the natural Paivua sweet-water pool direct beside the much warmer sea

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