10 Best Guided Tours in Samoa 📷 [2023]
10 Best Guided Tours in Samoa 📷 [2023]

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The Top Guided Experiences of Samoa

Don’t miss a highlight and gain valuable insights along the way with one of the guided tours in Samoa. From multi-day guided adventures on small-group tours or by bike to day trips to check out bucket-list experiences like To Sua Ocean Trench and Lalomanu Beach, there’s sure to be a guided tour that’s right for you. You could even try something new, like ATV tours, waterfall hikes and stand-up paddleboarding on a volcanic crater lake! We go through all of this and more in our list of the best guided tours of Samoa!

1. Samoa Adventure – Intrepid Travel

For a complete adventure holiday incorporating both the islands of Upolu and Savai’i, choose this multi-day guided tour with Intrepid Travel. Their “Samoa Adventure” tour treats small groups of up to 12 travellers to eight days of breathtaking beaches, stunning swimming holes, and curious cultural experiences. Almost all meals are included in the tour, as are airport transfers, transport, accommodation in hotels, villas and beach fales, and entry fees to some of Samoa’s top sights that are no doubt on your bucket list.

Location: Tours depart from Faleolo International Airport on your arrival in Samoa.

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2. Namu’a Turtle Island and Eastern Upolu Tour – Tai’s Native Experience

It couldn’t get more authentic than joining a Samoan high chief, Tai, for a guided day tour around his native homeland. Not only will you get the endearing perspective of Samoa from a local, but full-day tours such as the “Namu’a Turtle Island and Eastern Upolu Tour” take you to the places you’ve no doubt heard of to, more intriguingly, those you haven’t. Of course, the famous swimming hole To Sua Ocean Trench is on the list, while the lesser-visited Vavau Beach with its islands jutting from the lagoon is a real highlight. Take your swimwear and snorkelling gear because you won’t want to miss the opportunity to swim with turtles from Namu’a Island.

Inclusions with Tai’s Native Experience are lunch on Namu’a Island, accommodation pick-up from Apia, and bottled water. Alternatively, check out Tai’s other full-day tour of Apia, the waterfalls and museums of the Cross Island Road and the Piula Cave Pool. As for more sightseeing tours, take a look at the 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Samoa.

Location: Tours depart from Apia with Apia accommodation pick-ups included.

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3. Turtle Swimming and Snorkelling Tours – Manoa Tours

Upolu‘s only dedicated turtle-swimming tour, Manoa Tours not only takes snorkelers to the most mesmerising snorkelling spots that can only be reached by boat but to turtle territory where you can enjoy encountering these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

There are four exciting snorkelling locations to explore, starting with the stunning coral and fish within the hidden bay of Aganoa Beach only minutes away from Maninoa Beach where the boat launches. Head a little further out and you’ll be whisked away to the tiny uninhabited island of Nu’usafe’e with mesmerising displays of coral and fish along the island’s passages. The Aquarium is a magnificent coral garden, while Coconuts Wall is on the outer reef with an awesome drop-off into the deep blue within arm’s length.

The tour launches from Maninoa nearby many of Upolu’s central south coast resorts. Check out similar tours in the 7 Best Snorkelling Tours in Samoa, as well as where else to see (and not see) turtles in the 10 Best Places to See Turtles in Samoa.

Location: Maninoa on the central south coast of Upolu. Tours usually depart from Coconuts Beach Club Resort, signposted off the Main South Coast Road.

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4. Savai’i Cycling Tour – Outdoor Samoa

Experience Savai’i by bike on a multi-day cycling tour with Outdoor Samoa. Enjoy a fully guided experience of either four or nine days with bikes/e-bikes, vehicle support, accommodation, water and most food included. Spend the mornings cycling roughly 40 km (25 mi) and the afternoons swimming and snorkelling from your beach fale accommodation. The tour also gives you the opportunity to stop off at the Alofaaga Blowholes, as well as lava caves, lava fields and many more interesting stops along the way.

Location: Tour packages start on Upolu with transfers meeting flights. Check out The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Samoa for more information.

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5. Falease’ela River Walk – Lalotalie ECAT Ventures

Combining nature and adventure, Lalotalie ECAT Ventures’ 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. For more adventures like this, take a look at the 10 Best Adventure Tours 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.

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6. Quad Biking Tour – 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.

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7. Island Tour and Koko Plantation Tour – Savai’i Tours

Want to see Savai’i? Join local guide, Nu’u of Savai’i Tours for either one of his island sightseeing tours or koko (cocoa) plantation tour (or both)! Departing from Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge, the Koko Plantation Tour has you seeing the koko cultivation process from seedlings to dried cocoa beans. The tour also includes a demonstration on how to make koko Samoa (Samoan hot chocolate) with tastings! Alternatively, Savai’i Tours offers sightseeing trips around Savai’i, such as to Afu Aau Waterfall and the Alofaaga Blowholes, in an air-conditioned minivan with pick-ups from just about anywhere. Find out more about your sightseeing options in the 10 Best Day Tours of Savai’i.

Location: Koko Plantation Tour – Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge, between Auala and Asau villages on the northwest coast. Otherwise, pick-ups are available.

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8. Paddleboard and Lake Lanoto’o Tours – Seki SUP

Combine magnificent scenery and fun on one of the many tour offerings of Seki SUP. For beginners, take a lesson or enjoy an easy paddle off the stunning south coast beaches, the harbour of Apia, or through the winding mangroves of Sataoa. Those looking for something more advanced and/or adventurous can explore rugged coastal scenery like the secluded bay and expansive reef of Saoluafata or a hike up to the volcanic crater, Lake Lanoto’o. More on the latter is explained in the 10 Best Guided Walks in Samoa, while more SUP tours are listed in SUP in Samoa: 5 Best Paddleboarding Tours & Locations.

Location: Tours depart from Apia with Apia pick-ups included.

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9. Laauoleola Cave and Forest Tour

Hidden among the lush forest of the remote A’opo village, Laauoleola Cave is more than just your quick roadside attraction. A 15-minute forest trail through mahogany, ifilele, teak, kava, eucalyptus and banyan trees is just the beginning… As you begin to approach the entrance of Laauoleola Cave, you’ll hear the unusual clicking of swiftlets as they move in and out of the caves. Then, it’s up to you to decide how far you walk through the large lava tube that is said to span 5 km (3.1 mi) under the surface!

It’s a short flat walk (with a few muddy patches) through the cave to the first descent, which the guides can organise a ladder should you want to continue – let them know you would like to do this before you begin the tour. The walk is fully (and casually) guided. The guide has a torch but you might want to also bring your own. For more cave tours, take a look at the 10 Best Caves in Samoa.

Location: A’opo village, signposted off the main road on the northern coast of Savai’i.

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10. Apia Township and Surrounding Areas – Samoa Scenic

Finally, one of the most comprehensive tours of Apia, the “Apia Township and Surrounding Areas” tour with Samoa Scenic is a half-day experience with morning and afternoon departures.

The tour begins with a drive up the Mulinuu Peninsula to see its historical monuments and iconic architecture of the Samoa Parliament. After learning a little about Samoan history, marvel at more architectural wonders inside the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Shop for local crafts and produce at the Fugalei Market, and then your last stop is the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum for a tour of a colonial villa and manicured gardens.

Tour inclusions are hotel transfers and all attraction entry fees. For more guided experiences of the capital, take a look at the 5 Best Day Tours of Apia.

Location: Tours depart from Apia with included Apia accommodation pick-ups. Pick-ups from outside of Apia are available at an additional cost.

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More About the Best Guided Tours in Samoa

That’s it for our list of the best guided tours in Samoa. For more ways to tour the islands, take a look at more of our tour articles:

Finally, make sure you hit all of the sights you want to see by checking out our whopping 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Samoa. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Upolu and Savai’i’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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