Samoa is one of those wonderful destinations where every day can bring a different type of joy. Sometimes it’s all about resort luxury, other days about immersing yourself in traditional village life and some days, when you finally get sick of all that relaxing, it’s the perfect place for a bit of adventure. When you’ve decompressed and spent enough time reading at the beach or ordering poolside cocktails, there are plenty of ways to get active. Here are some suggestions:
There are cycling options for every level of fitness in Samoa; you can hire a bike and go alone or go with a guide who can orientate you towards the highlights. You can also arrange a vehicle to take your gear to your next accommodation while you travel on two wheels. Cycle from beachside fale to beachside fale, taking in Samoan life (fruit stalls, local eateries, swimming holes) along the way. Samoa’s main roads are generally sealed, but there will be patched-up areas and potholes to be aware of. There are also single tracks for mountain biking if you want something more challenging, passing through forests and even over lava tube caves.
Samoa has world-class surfing conditions minus the crowds of other hot spots. The south shores of both islands are great all year round, while the northern shores are best in the southern hemisphere summer/northern hemisphere winter. A word to the beginner surfer (or even more experienced folks) - many of the waves break directly onto the reef and the currents can be harsh so don’t surf alone. The locals understand the nature of the beast and if you go out with them you really will have the time of your life. Savai’i’s most well-known areas are Lano and Aganoa Beach,[KS1] ; on Upolu it’s from Apia east to Cape Utumauu, and on the south coast from Matautu to Matatufu.
Samoa is famous for its waterfalls - often surrounded by lush mountainous landscapes formed by ancient volcanoes. Some can only be viewed from afar but others have great swimming areas (complete with picnic spots) so you can experience them up close. Some tourist favourites include: Togitogiga Waterfall, Sopoaga Waterfall, Papapapaitai Falls, Fuipisia Falls, Afu Aau Falls/Olemoe Falls, Falefa Falls, Sauniatu Waterfall, and Mu Pagoa Waterfall. If you’re specifically wanting to swim, read up first as not all are suitable.
Samoa is often hailed as one of the top game fishing spots in the world - the masi masi or mahi mahi, tuna, sailfish and other common species are enormous and anglers’ dreams definitely come true in our islands. Even better, these huge beauties are around all year - rainy season or dry - and you can fish from boats or land. Take a charter with experts who know those magical spots, or if you want a truly authentic fishing experience, join a local fishing crew and learn how to pull the catch of the day into an outrigger.
Samoa is a walker’s paradise and even though temperatures are high, you can often find the highlands are the coolest place to be - more shaded by that lush foliage. There’s everything from an intrepid multi-day hike, to Samoa’s largest volcano, to family-friendly tracks. Falealupo Canopy Walkway is a great way to feel like you’re walking up in the treetops; Mt Fiamoe is a 938m-high volcanic peak accessed via a 1.5km trail, Tafua Crater is a great 1-2 hour walk as is the walk that takes you to Mt Vaea and Robert Louis’ Stevenson’s tomb. For a half day adventure try the Falease’ela River Walk or Mt Matavanu and if you’re really keen, the stunning Mt Silisili walk would be 2-3 days well spent.
These are only some of the amazing adventure options for a stay in Samoa. Find out what discoveries your Samoan holiday could hold for you, and let the adventure begin!
Head inland to discover cultural jewels and explore Samoa's natural features. Check out our land-based adventures.
With unlimited waterfalls, beautiful beaches and a vast ocean at our doorstep, Samoa is a water-lover's playground. Check out our water-based adventures.