A short hop from New Zealand, Samoa is a white-sanded paradise that is made up of two main islands – Upolu and Savai’i. Perfect for slowing down and relaxing for a couple of weeks, you can sit on the beach, swim or dive as you unwind in typical local fashion.
Right in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this is a destination that you can’t help but love, with an enticing mix of glorious beaches, friendly locals and captivating charm. The extinct volcanoes and lush vegetation means that the landscape, which is dotted with waterfalls and valleys, has great character while the turquoise waters are the perfect welcome to a tropical paradise.
Famously hospitable with laid-back atmosphere, Samoa is perfect for spoiling yourself on a holiday that you’ll never forget; whether you want to hike through the forest to get picturesque views from the top of mountains or just lie on the beach and take in the rays.
The beauty of Samoa is breathtaking. Tropical flowers encroach into the roads as you head to your resort before you are greeted with picture perfect views from one of the many spectacular resorts across Samoa. From here you are perfectly poised to do everything from explore rainforests to simply enjoy the vistas.
The most populated island in Samoa is Upolu. It is just as good for fishing, diving and surfing as it is for trekking through lush vegetation and picnicking amongst the stunning greenery as you go in search of the wondrous waterfalls.
Apia is the capital of Samoa and a budding metropolis in its own right. Get to grips with island life here and take in the colourful Maketi Fou food market and hunt out some souvenirs and local treasures at the nearby flea market. As night falls, you can enjoy pubs, nightclubs and great restaurants to party the night away.
Looking for the top beach on the island? Head off to Lalomanu Beach on the southeastern tip. With white sands as far as the eye can see, the sun beating down and the cool pristine waters to enjoy, this is what you envisage paradise to be. Around this area you can swim with turtles on Namua Island, explore bird-nesting areas at Nuutele Island and take a walk over an extinct volcanic crater – that is if you can get yourself off the beach. The 100-metre high waterfall of Papapapai-Tai Falls is well worth admiring. Other spots include Togitogiga, Sopoaga and Fuipisia Falls.
Want to explore the rainforest? O Le Pupu-Pue National Park is great for walking and the 42 different bird species will make for perfect twitching. Alternatively, you can go to Tafua Peninsula Rainforest Preserve where there is bird watching and a crater walk to enjoy.
Much like its sister Upolu, Savai’i is the gift that keeps on giving, a place where you can see diverse marine life, wonderful waterfalls and landscapes but also spend a day or two relaxing on palm-fringed beaches that are complete with turquoise lagoons.
The Saleaula lava fields are an awe-inspiring geological feature that is the result of the eruption of Mount Matavanu more than a century ago. Elsewhere, you can take a look into Samoan life with a trip to a church service or learn the ancient art of painting and tapa cloth making. All before you settle down to watch the gorgeous sunset each day.
Make sure you take a trip to Afu Aau falls where you can do cliff diving and swim. Mu Pagoa falls are shallow and safe for the less intrepid traveller and the Pulemelei Pyramid is Polynesia’s largest ancient structure. Also, take a look at the treetop canopy walkway in the Falealupo Rainforest Reserve.
If you’re looking for something that is even more tranquil, sleepy and undisturbed by tourism then the tiny island of Manono is just the ticket. Without any noise, you can only hear the sound of the waves as you take the two hour walk around the island.
Found in the South Pacific, Samoa is a tropical paradise that has become a popular destination for relaxing and exhilarating holidays for tourists throughout the world. The crystal clear blue waters are perfect to refresh yourself after a day on the sun-kissed golden coastline while inland you can explore the islands with sublime hiking trails.
So, whether you are snorkelling and surfing or climbing volcanic peaks and swimming in lagoons beneath huge waterfalls, each day will be an adventure in this truly unique location.
Things to do in Samoa
Right at the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Samoa is a beautiful island with plenty to enjoy. Call us today to discuss your perfect holiday!
As Samoa has a warm climate throughout the year, light summer clothing is recommended whenever you travel. The evenings do cool off slightly but this is nothing that a light sweater can’t solve.
During the day you need beachwear as you enjoy the sun soaked coastline of this wonderful country. So, shorts, t-shirts, summer dresses and all that sort of thing should be packed along with your sun screen, sun hat, sun glasses and flip-flops or sandals.
In the evening, you will want longer pants and a light jumper to keep you comfortable as you eat and drink the night away. Make sure you bring insect repellent and any other medical supplies as well as a torch for reading at night or just finding your way home.
Keep in mind that Samoa is a strict Christian country so try to respect that by using appropriate clothing; you should wear a sarong, shorts and t-shirts if leaving the beach to enter a village. If you would like to enter a church then you need white casual clothing and sandals.
Samoa enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year. With this, the country has two seasons – the wet season that runs from November through April and the dry season that you can enjoy from May to October. The average day temperature doesn’t change much throughout the year and is 28ºC while the ocean also is in the mid to high 20s each day.
June through August is the peak season in terms of tourists from the nearby countries of New Zealand and Australia. They descend on the South Pacific islands to relax. With this in mind, British tourists generally look for the shoulder months of May and October for the best mix of good weather and affordable accommodation. Typhoon season is January through March.
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Travelbag Travel Consultant Sam Pryce was lucky enough to have recently attended a trade familiarisation trip to Samoa. Here he reports back on his trip: Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, below the Equator, the islands of Samoa are located half way ...
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