Being an island nation, there are reasonable some water sports in Samoa most notably surfing and kayaking. However, with lagoons littered with coral heads and deep rough seas beyond the fringing reefs, only a couple of resorts are able to offer motorised activities for guests and these are both on the west tip of Upolu Island in the shallower and calmer lagoons around Manono Island. World class surfing breaks are found on Upolu with some more remote breaks also found on the south-west coast of Savaii.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving in Samoa
Snorkelling in Samoa is reasonable in the protected lagoons along the south coast of Upolu Island and the north east coast of Savaii where in most places the coral reefs are accessible from the beach. However, avid snorkellers will find these lagoons disappointing compared to the reefs of Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Scuba diving reefs also are not as intense as those found in Fiji, Tahiti or Vanuatu but will should still satisfy most casual holiday divers. There are only a handful of scuba diving operators based at based at the more upmarket resorts with independent scuba diving companies operating out of Apia Harbour on Upolu Island and at Manase Beach on Savaii.
Kayaking in Samoa
There are some exceptional bays and mangrove forests for exploring by kayak, with the Saanapu Wetlands on the south coast of Upolu and Fagaloa Bay on east Upolu being the best spots for kayaking.