Located in the heart of the South Pacific lies Samoa – an island paradise blessed with natural wonders. Experience authentic Polynesian culture and a 3,000 year old way of life called Fa'a Samoa. Come celebrate everything that Samoa has to offer and visit the Treasured Islands of the South Pacific in 2012 – Celebrate Samoa Year.
The departure tax payable at the airport. is WST40.
This to do in Samoa:
Robert Louis Stevenson's House
Vailima, also known as the abode of poet and writer Robert Louis Stevenson, is on the main island of Upolu and has been converted into a museum and is open to the public. Set in lush tropical gardens one can see how Samoa, where he spent the final years of his life, inspired his world famous novel, Treasure Island.
Matavanu Crater on Savai'i - Meet Da Cr8terman
Mt Matavanu in the village of Safotu was an active volcano from 1905-1911 and slow moving lava from the eruption destroyed everything in its path as evident in the village of Saleaula today. Treks to the crater are hosted by Seu Tumapu aka Da Cr8terman, one of the most fascinating people you will ever meet. The drive to this track takes about 20-25 minutes. At the peak of the crater is a magnificent, breathtaking view of Savai'i's western villages.
Aggies Fia Fia Night on Wednesdays – Food and Cultural night
Synonymous with Samoa, Aggie Grey is THE place to be seen in Samoa. An institution in itself, Aggie Grey's put Samoa on the map and was a trail blazer in the hospitality industry in this tiny island nation. Their Fia Fia nights on Wednesdays are known all over the country, a favourite night out for locals and tourists alike.
Swim with Turtles
For an animal encounter with a unique twist, head to the wetlands sanctuary at Savai'i's Satoalepai village and take the plunge with half a dozen or more green turtles. These majestic prehistoric animals have been hunted down for their flesh and eggs for years and years and as a result are now an endangered species. If you'd rather swim with the turtles in their natural habitat, the ideal place to do that is in the ocean around Namua Island, just off the south coast of Upolu.
Stay in a Fale
A rewarding experience for visitors is a stay in a Samoan beach fale. Once a fiercely guarded secret by locals, surfers and intrepid travellers, fales are quickly gaining popularity among the general leisure market as a low budget, convenient and unique accommodation experience. With the water lapping on the white sandy beach only a few steps awway, a fale is your typical Samoan beach hut. Try one of the fales set along the north east coast of Savai'i or along the south coast of Upolu. Fabulous fales can be booked along glorious Lalomanu Beach – voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top seven Beach Paradise in the world.
To Sua Trench
One of the most iconic sites in Samoa. Situated amongst lush tropical gardens, the park overlooks the stunning South Coast. Open to visitors, there are two trenches – one with water and one without. Sea water is fed through a lava cave and swimming in the trench is an exhilarating experience. Day fales are available for picnics and for just lounging around. Access to the trench is down a steep ladder. Managing the ladder can be very scary but the experience is worth it. Not recommended for young children. An entry fee of 5 Tala per person applies.
Papasee'a Sliding Rocks
A popular picnic site and weekend activity for the local Samoans. Natural slides have been carved by the waterfalls through the rocks. Stunning gardens filled with ginger flowers embrace the path down to the rocks.
Piula Cave Pool
A popular swimming hole for locals and visitors the pool is formed by a natural spring flowing out of a cave and out to sea. Inside the main cave opening on the north side is a short submerged tunnel leading to a smaller cave opening on the east side of the pool. It is open Mondays to Saturdays. Excellent and refreshing after a hot drive. The cave pool is half an hour’s drive from Apia.
Deep Sea Fishing
The waters of Samoa are known for its rich and abundant marine life. Giant fish are not uncommon catches with a range of species such as sailfish, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi and dogtooth tuna populating the deep turquoise waters.
Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
An excellent spot for swimming, diving and snorkelling, be amazed at the glorious coral clusters and the colorful schools of fish and marine life that feature at Palolo Deep. The highlight is a sudden drop into a deep blue hole, surrounded by walls of coral.
Saleaula Lava Fields
Site of a church spared from the lava’s destructive path and the legendary Virgin’s Grave – the grave of a princess who in life was so pure that the lava did not touch her grave. .
Rainforest Canopy Walk
Strong legs and no fear of heights is a must for this activity. Kids will think they were the Lost Boys with Peter Pan. Cross the suspension bridge and climb the steep stairs up the banyan tree for a stunning view of the rainforest and the North Western coast of Savai’i. This is an hour and a half drive from Le Lagoto.
Afu Aau Waterfall
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Samoa. Located on the island of Savaii a crystal blue waterhole is fed by numerous waterfalls. Receive an aquatic massage from one of the smaller falls. A beautiful setting for a refreshing swim.