Things to Do
From reef to rainforest and beach to bar, Samoa offers a holiday that’s tailor made for R’n’R. Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with rocky volcanic outcrops, verdant rainforests, lush plantations, coral reefs and sparkling lagoons to explore, which are equally as mesmerising from the vantage point of a beach bar, sun lounger or fale – cocktail or mocktail in hand.
Most of Samoa’s population resides on the island of Upolu where the laidback capital, Apia, lies. Here you’ll find most of the resorts and accommodation as well as shopping, entertainment and dining options geared for the visitor. Head to the local markets for a taste of island life and to buy ‘ava, handcarved bowls and traditional lavalavas. Away from the capital, Upolu offers the pristine shores of Lalomanu Beach; a plethora of waterfalls, rainforests and national parks to explore; and the exquisite To Sua Ocean Trench – a big swimming hole in Lotofaga village.
Savai’i is Samoa’s largest island but also the less inhabited and developed where just 24 percent of the country’s population lived in small communities presided over by village chiefs. Considered to be the ‘real’ Samoa, Savai’i has just one main coastal road around the island, which cars and other vehicles need to share with various livestock. Natural sights abound on Savai’i with archaeological sites, waterfalls, caves and ocean blowholes to marvel at as well as the eerie Saleaula Lava Field, Tafua Crater and Mt Matavanu as a reminder of Samoa’s volcanic origins.
On the cultural tip, don’t miss a Samoan fiafia or cultural feast night to see traditional dancing, and be sure to front up for church on Sunday to hear the marvellous voices in song. Afterwards, head to a village for an all-day feast. For more things to do in Samoa, here’s our top picks.
Witness the awesome power of nature with the spectacular water jets that blast from volcanic rock at Alofaaga Blowholes on Savai’i Island in Samoa. With sea water shooting up to 100 metres in the air, it’s a must-see sight on your Samoan holiday.
As the largest and oldest Polynesian archaeological site in the South Pacific, the pyramid-shaped Pulemelei rock mound on the Samoan island of Savai’i is thought to date back to around 1100, but has the experts puzzled as to its origins and usage.
Located on Upolu Island in Samoa, the refreshing freshwater Piula Cave Pool is two underground caves linked by a tunnel. The cave is also home to colourful fish, eels and aquatic life for a unique dip and just the place to cool off and relax on a hot, humid day.