Couple walking in the Samoan rainforest. Photo: Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa


The mountainsides are covered in lush tropical forests and, with temperatures often pleasantly cooler than the coast, are worth exploring.

Visitors will find some accommodation providers positioned for the incredible views on the flanks of Upolu’s mountains, while volcanic Savai’i offers intrepid trekking, adventure and exploration for all abilities.

Le Mafa Pass Scenic Drive and Lookout

Le Mafa Pass Scenic Drive and Lookout is a beautiful scenic inland drive through a wide valley lined with steep jagged mountain ridges.

Mt Silisili

Rising to a height of 1,858 metres, surrounded by rainforest and often covered in cloud, Mt Silisili marks the highest point in the Samoan archipelago.

Mt Matavanu

Panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and into the crater are breathtaking.

Lake Lanoto'o

A beautiful volcanic crater lake positioned in Upolu’s highlands.

Mt Fiamoe

This peak on Upolu is accessed via a 1.5km trail, climbing 150m up from the road.

Mt Vaea

This highly popular walking trail in Apia takes you to Robert Louis Stevenson's Tomb and offers beautiful views of Samoa's capital city.

Mt Tulimanuiva Star Mound

At the top of beautiful Manono Island is an ancient 12-pointed star mound.