Some of these thundering floods of fresh spring water cascading down natural rock faces are a little too powerful for a dip, whilst others are perfect for a shoulder and neck massage.
On Upolu, the most spectacular falls are situated off the southern coast. The ideal way to explore them is by doing a ‘waterfall crawl’ – this will take you about half a day – or more depending on how long you decide to linger at each. The quickest way to get there from Apia is by taking the Cross Island Road, then hang a right into Lanotoo Road about half-way down for your first stop, the Papapapai-Tai Falls. There’s an outlook from where you can admire this 100m-high waterfall, but don’t go too close – it’s very powerful!
If you follow the Cross Island Road to the southern end and take a left, you’ll find a number of waterfalls pretty close to one another. The first is Togitogiga Waterfalls, where you have swimming holes, and even a changing room and toilet – perfect for refreshing your body on a hot day (which is almost every day) and a picnic. Another good spot for a picnic is the Sopoaga Falls on Le Mafa Pass Road, a little further westward. It comes complete with a garden and picnic area overlooking the falls – perfect! And if you’re in for more, you could always hike to the 55m-high Fuipisia falls north.
Savaii’s rugged interior, too, has its share of south-based waterfalls One’s the Afu Aau falls off the south coast, which plunges from the rainforest into a deep swimming pool. It’s ideal for swimming and it’s deep too – hence you’ll often see brave (or mad) local boys diving into it from various heights off the cliff.
While you’re here, you might as well stop off at the Pulemelei Pyramid nearby – at 12 metres tall, it’s the largest ancient structure in Polynesia. A little further east are the Mu Pagoa falls, where Samoa’s largest river flows meets the open ocean. Safe and shallow, it’s a favourite stomping ground for village kids, and you’ll often see the women using this ‘natural washing machine’ to do their laundry.
Sauniatu waterfall - http://samoa.travel/sightseeing/x63/Sauniatu-Watefall
Falefa falls - http://samoa.travel/sightseeing/x64/Falefa-Falls