View across bay from Manono Island to Bat, Apolima and Savai'i islands in Samoa
View from Manono Island to Bat, Apolima and Savai'i islands

The Islands of Samoa

Samoa is an archipelago of Polynesian islands, with a population of more than 195,000 people.

Samoa is a nation made up of 12 islands, of which just four are inhabited.

Together with neighbour American Samoa, these islands form a chain known as the Samoan archipelago.

Two main islands

Samoa's two main islands, Upolu and Savai’i, are surrounded by several smaller islands, including Manono and Apolima - the next largest two.

Most visitors to Samoa will arrive on Upolu first, which is the location of Samoa's capital Apia and its international airport and port.

Many also travel to Savai’i, the biggest island in the country but sparsely populated, and a few will make it to small, deeply traditional Manono Island.

Samoa’s other smaller islands are Manono, Apolima, Nu’ulopa, Nu’utele, Nu’uala, Namu'a, Fanuatapu, Fatuanava, Lepuia’i, and Nu'usafe'e.

Ferries operate regularly between Upolu and Savai'i, while Manono, Apolima, Nu'ulopa and Namu'a can be reached by smaller water taxis.

The true, authentic Samoa lives on in the traditional villages that are sprinkled throughout the country. Exploring Samoa’s tropical islands is an opportunity to discover the real, bone fide culture of our beautiful nation and explore its stunning natural beauty.

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