The Best Adventure and Adrenaline Activities in Samoa
Despite what many believe, Samoa isn’t just about lazying on the beach with a cocktail in hand. From the depths of its coral reefs to the peaks of its volcanic mountains, Samoa hosts an array of epic adventure and adrenaline experiences. Off-roading, caving and mountain biking are on the cards for inland adventures, while kayaking through mangroves and fishing for monstrous pelagics are just some of the water experiences.
Discover more epic stuff you’ll do during your “island time” in this list of the best adventure activities in Samoa.
1. Waterfall Canyoning with Lalotalie ECAT Ventures
Combining conservation and adventure, Lalotalie ECAT Ventures’ (ECAT standing for Eco Cultural Adventure Tourism) signature experience is the Falease’ela River Walk. Less of a “walk” than it is a canyoning expedition along the gorge with never-ending cascades of waterfalls, the 3-4-hour experience is an epic excursion for the adventurous!
The team will gladly take you through the gorge with each waterfall getting more grandiose (and higher) than the next! If you’re feeling brave, the boys can show you the best jumping spots – even as high as 20 m/66 ft (they’ll certainly be doing it) – but you’re in no way pressured to do the crazy if you prefer to swim and take in the rainforest scenery that is preserved as a conservation area. Alternatively, ask about their full-day coastal tour hike to untouched beaches or paopao (canoe) ride through the oldest mangrove forest in Samoa.
Location: Falease’ela village in Lefaga Bay on the southwest coast of Upolu. Lalotalie ECAT Ventures’ base is beside the ford on Main South Coast Road.
2. Waterfall Abseiling with Tropical Tours Samoa
For a unique way to experience Samoa’s famous waterfalls, not to mention discovering a waterfall that rare few visitors get to see, join Tropical Tours Samoa for one of their waterfall abseil tours. After a 30-minute explainer and testing your new-found skills on a 3 m (10 ft) drywall, you’ll tackle a technical abseil down an epic 11 m (35 ft) waterfall! The experience is made all the more rewarding with a refreshing swim at the bottom, as well as some morning tea. For more waterfalls to check out, head to the 10 Best Waterfalls in Samoa.
Location: Apia. Apia accommodation pick-ups are included in the tour.
3. Quad Biking with Wolfpac ATV Tours
Jump on an ATV quad bike and discover a part of Samoa that very few visitors get to see with Wolfpac ATV Tours. No experience is needed, just a driver’s license, as you’ll get instruction and time to practice before setting off along the roads and dirt tracks of Samoa’s backcountry. Then, it’s a 3-hour excursion through lush inland plantations and picturesque bushland! Make sure you lather up with sunscreen or cover up if it’s sunny. Otherwise, it’s arguably an even more epic time when it’s wet! For more about this tour, take a look at The Best Off-Road Tours in Samoa.
Location: Take the inland road signposted with the Wolfpac sign along Main West Coast Road in Leauva’a village, northwest coast of Upolu. Wolfpac ATV Tours is approximately 200 m (219 yards) down this road.
4. Caving in Dwarf’s Cave
Samoa is home to several cave tours with Dwarf’s Cave being the most adventurous! This cave inland on Savai’i is significant to the local village for its legends. Signs from the main road point toward Paia village, where you should enquire about hiring a guide to take you through this cave. The experience takes you approximately 40 m (44 yards) into the cave, which initially has some confined spaces (not recommended if you’re claustrophobic) that will have you walking, crawling and sometimes wading or swimming. Prepare for clothes and shoes to get wet. Plus, bring a torch if you have one. For more caves to explore, check out the 10 Best Caves in Samoa.
Location: Paia village. Follow signs inland off the main road to Dwarf’s Cave from the northeast coast of Savai’i.
5. Summit Hike to Mt Silisili
Samoa’s highest mountain and a multi-day adventure to tackle, Mt Silisili provides an awesome adventure on Savai’i. As long as you have your own tent, food, jacket as it gets cooler as you go up in altitude, and any other gear you usually hike with, A’opo village can supply the guide. The trail encompasses plantations, the lush A’opo Conservation Area rainforest, and an impressive crater ridge with orange and white moss clinging to fragile lava rocks. Check out the 6 Best Walks & Hikes on Savai’i for more details.
Location: A’opo village on the north coast of Savai’i. Organise guides through the Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association.
6. Waterslides at the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks
Less of an adventure tour than it is an adventurous attraction, Papase’ea Sliding Rocks is Mother Nature’s very own waterpark! After walking down an anxiously high number of steps, knowing that you have to get back up them again, you’ll come across the first and biggest slide that locals call the “men’s slide”; a near verticle 5 m (16 ft) slide. Further down is the “kids’ slide”, a much less precarious slope with a little drop at the end for extra fun. Finally, at the bottom, you have the “women’s slide”. Lots of fun, lots of laughs; what’s not to love? Avoid the busiest times, which tend to be the weekends, to get optimal slide time. For more weird and wonderful attractions like this, check out the 10 Most Unique Things to Do in Samoa.
Location: Se’ese’e, Faleata District on the outskirts of Apia. The access road turns off Maugafolau Road near the University of the South Pacific campus.
7. Hike and SUP Tours with Seki SUP and Samoa SUP Tours
Lake Lanoto’o is on the agenda of several hiking tours in Samoa, but Seki SUP and Samoa SUP Tours not only provide guided walks to this magnificent crater lake in the Upolu highlands but stand-up paddleboards to explore more of this lush paradise. Along with your guide, you’ll be equipped with a backpack packed with an inflatable SUP board, paddle and pump, as well as adequate water, while Apia pick-up is also included. For more SUP experiences, take a look at the 10 Best Places for Stand-Up Paddleboarding.
Location: Tours depart from Apia, Upolu.
8. Mountain Biking with Outdoor Samoa
Get off the beaten track and soak off the sights of village and plantation life on a mountain biking or e-mountain bike tour with Outdoor Samoa. The most adventurous of the cycling tours is the “Forest Mountain Bike” option of their “Giant Clams Ride”, taking you on some 14 km (8.7 mi) of dirt trails through forest and plantations. Make it a real challenge on their standard mountain bikes or opt for some peddle assistance with their high-quality e-bikes.
The finale is arriving at the Savaia Giant Clam Sanctuary for a refreshing swim among mesmerising giant fluorescent molluscs. Learn more about the snorkelling hotspot in The Best Snorkelling in Samoa: Top 10 Places to Snorkel, while more details on Outdoor Samoa can be found in The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Samoa.
Location: Outdoor Samoa’s base is located along the Main West Coast Road in the village of Malifanua (just south of the ferry terminal) on the west coast of Upolu.
9. Kayak and Paopao Tours with Outdoor Samoa, Asaga Mangroves and More
For a soft adventure tour in Samoa, opt for a paddle on lagoons, rivers and even the open ocean. When it comes to kayaking in Samoa, your first go-to should be Outdoor Samoa which boasts a wide range of tours, from day tours to Manono and Nu’usafe’e islands to 10-day tours visiting just about all of Samoa’s smaller islands. Alternatively, if you can get it organised (book through the Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association or Samoa Tourism Authority), villagers at the Asaga Mangroves offer guided canoe/kayak trips through their glorious mangrove forest on Savai’i. Learn more about these adventure tours and more in our guide, Kayaking in Samoa: Top 10 Kayak Tours & Places to Kayak.
Location: Outdoor Samoa is based in Mulifanua, Main West Coast Road, west coast of Upolu. Asaga Mangroves – Tours depart from the road bridge in Asaga village (there is a sign for the Asaga River Pool and Beach Fales) on the northeast coast of Savai’i.
10. Fishing Charters
Nothing compares to the thrills of reeling in the South Pacific’s monstrous pelagics, such as yellowfin tuna, sailfish, giant trevally, mahimahi and marlin. Fishing is a way of life here on the islands, so there’s no lack of experienced fisherfolk who can show you the lines. Troppo Fishing Adventures is your go-to charter in Apia, while resorts like Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge and Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa have their own fishing operations. Plan your adventure with The Ultimate Guide to Fishing in Samoa.
Location: All over Samoa! Check out the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Samoa for recommendations and their locations.
More Adventure Activities in Samoa
That’s it for our top picks of the best adventure activities in Samoa. For more adventure tours, check out the following guides:
- The Ultimate Guide to Surfing in Samoa
- Kitesurfing in Samoa: The Top 5 Places to Kitesurf
- 10 Most Unique Things to Do in Samoa
Finally, make sure you don’t miss anything off your bucket list by checking out the 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List.