The combination of tropical climate and fertile soil make Samoa the perfect breeding ground for rainforests and other lush landscapes (mangrove swamps, marshes…), which are all abuzz with native wildlife, such as seabirds, skinks, flying foxes, geckos, as well as a plethora of unique flora.
Knowing how vital these vulnerable rainforests are to life in this part of the world, the government, environmental groups and many villages are putting in a lot of effort to protect them.
One of the best remaining rainforests is O Le Pupu-Pue National Park on Upolu, which runs from the southern coast up into the mountainous interior of the island. If you love exploring nature by foot and are a bird lover to boot, then you’ll love this place – there are walking tracks galore and a whopping 42 different bird species to discover.
Another bird lover’s paradise is the Tafua Peninsula Rainforest Preserve in the southeast. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the rare Samoan tooth-billed pigeon here – plus there’s a lovely walk up to the crater, which rises above Tafua village.
One very special rainforest on Savai'i is the low-lying tropical Falealupo Rainforest Reserve in the northwest of the island. This serene piece of paradise truly reminds you of what Adam and Eve must have lived like. The highlight of the preserve is a treetop canopy walkway built about 40 metres above the ground amongst giant Banyan tree. The walkway itself is a tad on the wonky side but well worth crossing.