In the heart of the Pacific Ocean just below the equator, the Samoan Islands are located halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Boasting white-sand beaches, coral-filled waters, spectacular waterfalls and lush rainforest, Samoa is a natural untouched paradise just waiting to be discovered.
Take a look at our list of the top things to do in Samoa and start planning your next tropical island holiday.
To Sua Ocean Trench is the most famous attraction in Samoa for obvious reasons. The image is famous throughout the world, but few would be able to tell you where this emerald-green hole in the earth is located. Well, now you know.
Surrounded by lush vegetation, this 30-metre swimming hole sits in the middle of a lava field near Lotofaga village and just a few metres from the ocean. The sparkling water can only be accessed by a single wooden ladder that leads visitors down onto a platform from which they can jump into the crystal clear water.
Once a swimming area for great warriors, the naturally spectacular Toitogiga Falls are located just a short trek into the tropical Togitogiga Forest.
Locals head to the area for weekend picnics and to swim, dive and wade in the falls which become a raging torrent after heavy rain. If you’re in the mood for trekking, a three-hour guided round-trip will lead you to Pe’ape’a Caves. Bring a torch so you can see the Polynesian swiftlet birds nesting in the high corners of the cave.
The warm waters of Samoa attract regular turtle visitors wanting to bask in the sun and feed on the thriving wildlife that lives below the water. Once hunted for food, the turtles are now protected by locals who have made it their business to give them a safe home.
There are a number of turtle rehabilitation facilities in Samoa, but the best way to see these magnificent creatures is to delve into their natural habitat and swim amongst them in the coral-filled waters. Namu’a Island, near Lalomanu Beach and just off the southeastern coast of Upolu offer the best chances of seeing the turtles in the wild.
Natural waterslides are in style and Samoa’s Papase’ea Sliding Rocks see adults and kids plummeting down gentle cascades into a refreshing waterhole.
Worn away by thousands of years of flowing water, the rocks at Papasea’ea have been moulded into one five metre and three smaller natural waterslides that offer the perfect way to cool off on a hot day.
Image courtesy of Amanda Castleman at Afar
Situated on the island of Savaii, guests visiting the Alofaago Blowholes need to time their photos carefully as the seawater shoots up to ten metres into the air as the waves force it through natural rock pipes. Mind you head when the locals are around though, as they like to throw coconuts into the blowholes and watch as they are blasted into the air by the water.
Ask the local Matais to show you the way to nearby Pa Sopo’ia Cave. It is believed that this cave is an ancient pathway for the ancestor’s spirits to travel to reach the Devil’s Haden at Cape Mulinu’u, the final meeting place before they enter the Spirit World known to Samoans as Pulotu.
Image courtesy of Samoan Tourism Authority
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