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.
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.
Dedicated to the famous Scottish author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson, who lived and worked in Samoa.
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.
Discover Samoa’s ancient culture and traditions in a fun and interactive way at the Samoan Cultural Village in Apia.
Just a five minute walk from central Apia is an incredible naturally blue hole in the sea that can be explored at high tide.
Samoa’s sheltered lagoons are a great place for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Samoa’s islands are fringed with coral reefs, making this the perfect destination for safe snorkelling for all ages.
Located within a village marine protected area, the giant clam sanctuary lets visitors get a closer look at these fascinating creatures.
This world-famous spectacular natural formation consists of two large holes in the rock that are joined by an ancient lava tube cave.
These springs on Savai’i Island are a significant feature in Samoan legends.
Housed in a colonial building, the museum features an interesting collection of cultural and historical artefacts and information.
A deep water crescent-shaped lack sand beach that offers safe swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, surfing and picnicking on Upolu Island.
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.
Riding one of Samoa’s brightly coloured buses is a must-do experience and a great insight into the local way of life.
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.
The picturesque Togitogiga Waterfalls are located in O Le Pupu Pue National Park on Upolu Island and are great for swimming.
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.
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.
Located in the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve, Savai’i Island, the walkway is 40m off the ground and passes spectacular huge banyan trees.
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.
Many resorts and hotels host weekly fiafia nights, which normally include traditional Samoan dancing and food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Savai’i, head to the Salelologa market for its selection of fresh produce and to sample traditional meals.
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.
A Polynesian version of cricket, kilikiti is often played in villages and lucky visitors may be allowed to join in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lava tube that is accessible from North Coast Rd on Savai’i and continues more than a kilometre towards the coast.
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.