Women snorkelling at Namu'a Island off Upolu's South Coast in Samoa
Namu'a Island

Must-Do Experiences

This list of must-do Samoa sights, activities and attractions will give you all the ideas and inspiration to start planning your Samoan holiday.

There's so much to do in Samoa, it really comes down to what you enjoy and what style traveller you are. And, it's always good to leave something for the second trip.

Alofaaga Blowholes

Located in Taga, on Savai’i. The spectacular blowholes force sea water many metres into the air and, for extra entertainment, locals like to throw coconuts into them.

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Dedicated to the famous Scottish author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson, who lived and worked in Samoa.

EFKS Museum

Samoa’s largest museum offers an insight into this country’s fascinating history, culture and its people through displays of artefacts, carvings, other art and craft.

Samoan Cultural Village

Discover Samoa’s ancient culture and traditions in a fun and interactive way at the Samoan Cultural Village in Apia.

Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Just a five minute walk from central Apia is an incredible naturally blue hole in the sea that can be explored at high tide.

Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding

Samoa’s sheltered lagoons are a great place for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. 

Snorkelling

Samoa’s islands are fringed with coral reefs, making this the perfect destination for safe snorkelling for all ages.

Giant Clam Sanctuary

Located within a village marine protected area, the giant clam sanctuary lets visitors get a closer look at these fascinating creatures.

To-Sua Ocean Trench

This world-famous spectacular natural formation consists of two large holes in the rock that are joined by an ancient lava tube cave. 

Mataolealelo Spring

These springs on Savai’i Island are a significant feature in Samoan legends.

Museum of Samoa

Housed in a colonial building, the museum features an interesting collection of cultural and historical artefacts and information.

Aganoa black sand beach

A deep water crescent-shaped lack sand beach that offers safe swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, surfing and picnicking on Upolu Island.

Waterfalls

From waterfalls thundering down off towering cliffs to more sedate cascades of water over smooth rock, there are many incredible waterfalls to explore on both Upolu and Savai’i Islands.

Ride a local bus

Riding one of Samoa’s brightly coloured buses is a must-do experience and a great insight into the local way of life.

Loimata o Apaula stream

This freshwater pool and waterfall is where the Scottish author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson Museum used to swim and is now open to visitors.

Togitogiga Waterfall

The picturesque Togitogiga Waterfalls are located in O Le Pupu Pue National Park on Upolu Island and are great for swimming.

Piula (Fatumea) Cave Pool

This crystal clear, spring-fed freshwater pool and cave, full of colourful fish, originate from an old lava tube and are located underneath a church at Piula Theological College, Lufilufi, Upolu Island. 

Falease’ela River Walk / Lalotalie River Retreat

This facility offers guided or independent walks through the ancient mangrove forest, and cultural activities, all set in a spectacular rainforest on the banks of the Liua Le Vai O Sina River on Upolu Island. 

Falealupo Canopy Walkway

Located in the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve, Savai’i Island, the walkway is 40m off the ground and passes spectacular huge banyan trees.

Saleaula Lava Fields

The lava fields on Savai’i Island were formed when Mt Matavanu erupted between 1905 to 1911, destroying entire villages. The skeletal remains of a church remains near the Saleaula Lava Fields.

Fiafia night

Many resorts and hotels host weekly fiafia nights, which normally include traditional Samoan dancing and food. 

Fire knife dance

Siva afi is a spectacular fire knife dance where young boys or men twirl a large knife with burning flames at both ends around their bodies to the beat of a wooden drum. Siva afi is performed for visitors at fiafia nights and cultural centres.

A church choir

Samoa is a deeply religious Christian country, and Sunday church services are attended by most people. Visitors are welcome to attend church services where they can enjoy the moving sounds of a Samoan church choir.

Apia Fish Market

Best visited before 11am daily, and as early as possible on the most popular day Sunday, you’ll find freshly caught tuna, octopus and many more delights from the sea.

Fugalei Market

The Fugalei fresh produce market in Apia has a great selection of fresh local fruit and vegetables and also offers traditional Samoan cooked dishes and sweets.

Salelologa Market

On Savai’i, head to the Salelologa market for its selection of fresh produce and to sample traditional meals.

Teuila Festival

The main event on Samoa’s cultural calendar, each September the Teuila Festival is a celebration cuisine, traditional tattooing and carving, dance and music and sports.

Kilikiti

A Polynesian version of cricket, kilikiti is often played in villages and lucky visitors may be allowed to join in.

Mt Vaea

Overlooking Samoa’s capital Apia, 472m Mt Vaea is most well-known as the site of the tomb of famous Scottish poet and author Robert Louis Stevenson, but also offers stunning views.

Le Mafa Pass Scenic Drive

This road takes in some of Upolu’s scenic highlands. With many vantage points to enjoy the spectacular views, this route is the perfect way to experience Samoa’s mountains for all ages and abilities.

Lake Lanoto’o

This magnificent water-filled volcanic crater on Upolu Island is a Wetland of National Important. The lake sits atop a mountain peak at an altitude of 760m and is accessible on foot.

Mt Silisili 

Rising to a height of 1,858 metres, surrounded by rainforest and often covered in cloud, Mt Silisili is a dormant volcano and the highest point in the Samoan archipelago. Reaching the top takes two to three days on foot and requires a local guide.

Pe'ape'a Cave

This ancient lava tube is located deep within the O le Pupu Pu’e National Park on Upolu. Getting there requires a walk of about three hours return through dense jungle. Take a guide.

Lover's Leap

Located in the village of Falelima on Savai’i's south coast, this 300m high cliff-top vantage point overlooks foaming sea water surging into a small cove and is the focus of many fascinating ancient legends.

Paia Dwarfs Cave

A lava tube of more than a kilometre long is located near Paia village on Savai’i, where legends tell that dwarfs still inhabit the cave and that their footprints are still visible today. Take a guide.

Peapea Cave

A lava tube that is accessible from North Coast Rd on Savai’i and continues more than a kilometre towards the coast. 

Tafua Crater

Located in Tafua Peninsula Reserve near Salelologa on Savai’i, this is a great place for bird watching with potential to sight flying foxes and the tooth-billed pigeon.

Must-try Samoan Food

There are many foods to try while in Samoa, but we highly recommend these ones:

  • UMU
  • PALUSAMI
  • OKA
  • PALOLO

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