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Samoa Activities - Things to do in Samoa
In this Article:
Hiking & The Rainforest — Historical Sites in Samoa — Visiting a Samoan Village — Shopping & Handicrafts
The best land based activities in Samoa include excellent forest walks and visiting a traditional Samoan village. There are also a couple of great golf courses to enjoy in and around Apia.
There are a couple of well organised day tour companies in Apia which makes the most practical base for exploring the islands. Upolu Island is just about the right size to circumnavigate on a day tour, stopping along the way at waterfalls, scenic lookouts, a couple of the more accessible beaches and perhaps a village visit. If you hire a car for a few days you'll find most of the sights yourself and will be able to spend more time enjoying them. There are several good car hire companies in Apia - since 2010 driving is on the left side of the road (the same side as Australia and NZ) and it is law that car hire companies provide right hand drive cars.
If you're not staying in Apia (which incidentally makes a great base for sightseeing even though most of the attractions are on the south side of Upolu), you're find day tours will be arranged by the resort and a guide provided to explain the ticking of the country.
Hiking in Samoa
Although much of Samoa's virgin rainforest has been depleted to give way to farming, the country has several outstanding National Parks and Reserves with great walking trails. Generally guides are recommended when hiking in the rainforest, although there are a few short trails to waterfalls where you can explore by yourself. The best place to arrange a guide is either from the resort you're staying at, or in the local village where you'll be walking - there's always someone happy to help out for a bit of money.
On Upolu Island, the Togitogiga Forest Park on the south coast has short trails to waterfalls and longer trails meandering over hills into the high forest, as well as a a wild coastal walk towards Aganoa Beach. On the south-west coast of Upolu is the superb and stunningly beautiful 5-hr coastal walk from Salamumu to Paradise Beach, passing several remote fishing villages and a dozen dazzling white sandy beaches.
Coconuts Beach Resort, South Upolu
A$ 379 - 545 per couple
Coconuts Beach Resort is one of Samoa's few upmarket resorts with stylish rooms and bungalows, good service, a spa, restaurant and activities centre. Coconuts is close to the Togitogiga Park with guided tours arranged.
SaMoana Resort, South West Upolu
A$ 230 - 416 per couple includes breakfast
SaMoana Resort is set in the secluded beach location of Salumamu. Although primarily a surf resort (daily trips offered), SaMoana makes a great retreat for couples or families looking to explore the spectacular coastline.
On Savaii Island, the most demanding walk is to the summit of Mt, the highest peak in Samoa. This walk offers stunning panoramas of both Savaii and Upolu - guides can be arranged for overnight trips to make the most of the sunset and sunrise views. A much shorter walk on the south east corner of Savaii and close to the main town of Salelologa circumnavigates Taufua Crater with its rich biodiversity. Guided lava walks can be arranged for a fascinating insight into Savaii's ongoing geological phenomena, or on the remote west tip you can hike in Falealupo Rainforest where there's also a canopy walkway.
Le Lagoto Resort, North Savaii
A$ 330 - 385 per couple
Le Lagoto Beach Resort is a neat boutique resort with a lovely raised swimming pool overlooking the ocean as its focal point. Located on the north coast and close to the Lava Fields, this is a good base for exploring Savaii's sites..
Tailua Beach Fales, North Savaii
A$ 70 - 85 per couple includes breakfast & dinner
Tailua Beach Fales offers simple traditional style beach fales on the beachfront in the heart of popular Manase Beach and is aimed primarily at budget travellers. This is a great spot to relax on a picturesque beach and explore the surrounding region.
Historical Sites in Samoa
The myths and legends of Samoa's history are recalled mostly through song and dance, so attending a fia fia night is the best way to experience its history. Tangible ancient sites are few and mostly entangled in the rainforest. The largest and most impressive of the archaeological relics is the Pulemelei star mound slightly inland from the west coast of Savaii.
The best of Samoa's more recent historical sites are in Apia Town, with the charming Robert Louis Stevenson museum a highlight of Samoa's colonial era.
Aggie Grey's Hotel, Apia Town
A$ 195 - $ 570 per couple
Overlooking Apia harbour, Aggie Grey's Hotel captures the essence of Samoa with its charming history and grace and is the ideal base to delve into the background of a peaceful South Sea port where Robert Louis Stevenson spent the last years of his life.