In Upolu, must-see sites within easy reach of Apia include Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Palolo Deep National Marine Reserve, Piula Cave Pools and the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks.
The famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, famed for classic books such as Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, spent his final years in Samoa. He was known by the local people as Tusitala – Samoan for ‘teller of tales'. His beautiful mansion Vailima has been converted into a museum set within lush gardens and is open to the public. Visitors can also visit his grave located at the top of Mt Vaea, along a trail named by the locals as “The Road of the Loving Heart”.
For those more adventurous, take a trip to the village of Lotofaga on the south coast and experience the To Sua Trench. This idyllic spot is what South Pacific dreams are made of! The hero-shot of many brochures and travel articles about Samoa, this 30-metre deep crater is filled with sea water and to reach its clear waters you must scramble down a long step ladder. An underwater tunnel – only diveable at low and calm tide – connects the trench with the sea and is surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens that are a popular picnic spot for Samoans.
Savai’i is Samoa’s largest island and is known for its gentle and traditional way of life and pristine scenery. The island’s many natural attractions include lush rainforests, secluded beaches and mountainous interior. Must-see sites on Savai’i are the stunning Afu Aau Waterfalls, the spectacular Alofaaga Blowholes near Taga village and the opportunity to swim with turtles at the turtle sanctuary at Satoalepai.