5 Best Samoa Bus Tours 🚐 [2023]
5 Best Samoa Bus Tours 🚐 [2023]

5 Best Samoa Bus Tours 🚐 [2024]

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Tours of Samoa by Bus (or, at Least by Minibus)

Enjoy a fun and stress-free sightseeing trip by taking one of the bus tours in Samoa. Don’t worry, this little island nation is hardly crawling with huge tourist coaches; more like comfortable air-conditioned minivans for a small-group tour experience. Whether you seek an all-inclusive multi-day bus tour or simply a day tour to see the sights, we have a tour listed for you in this guide to Samoa bus tours.

1. Intrepid Travel – 8-Day Samoa Adventure Bus Tour

For a complete adventure holiday incorporating both the islands of Upolu and Savai’i, choose this multi-day small-group bus tour with Intrepid Travel. Their “Samoa Adventure” tour treats groups of up to 12 travellers to eight days of breathtaking beaches, stunning swimming holes, and curious culture. 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.

See more multi-day bus tours of Samoa over on TourRadar

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2. Samoan Island Adventures – Samoa Day Tour by Minibus

Specialising in off-the-beaten-track tours of Upolu, as well as jam-packed itineraries providing real bang for your buck, Samoan Island Adventures is a good go-to for day tours of Samoa by minibus. Their most popular tour is “The Pristine Waters of Upolu” and it’s no wonder with many of Samoa’s bucket list experiences being on the agenda: Piula Cave PoolLalomanu BeachPapapapatai Waterfall and To Sua Ocean Trench. You’ll also admire or even swim at a couple of lesser-known waterfalls.

Included are Apia transfers, water refills (BYO bottle), fresh fruit, sandwiches for lunch and all of the attraction entry fees. For alternative tours, check out their Volcanic Crater Lake Hike and SwimNational Park Lava Cliffs and Black Sand Beach, and their shore excursion, The Jewels of Eastern Upolu, the latter outlined in the 5 Best Shore Excursions in Samoa.

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3. Tour Samoa – Upolu Day Tour by Minibus

Get a personalised experience complete with a traditional Samoan lunch prepared right before your eyes with Tour Samoa. Your local guide is very knowledgeable not just about the sights of Samoa but culture, society, politics, or whatever you’d like to discuss.

On the “Full-Day Island Tour of Apia, Upolu and Samoa“, enjoy a highlights tour of the capital Apia, visiting the markets and picking up supplies for lunch. You’ll then venture across the Cross Island Road with a tour of the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, as well as some smaller-ticket items, such as the fascinating yet breathtaking Baha’i Temple. You’ll stop by a number of waterfalls and the To Sua Ocean Trench if you’re keen. Additionally, you’ll stop at one of Upolu‘s stunning south coast beaches where your private chef will prepare a Samoan lunch.

Inclusions are lunch, bottled water and entry fees to the planned stops on the itinerary. Any other stops that you want to do may incur entry fees as per Samoan customs. Check out Tour Samoa’s other tours, such as a Half-Day Upolu Tour and a Private Apia Shore Excursion for cruise ship passengers. For more day tours by bus, take a look at the 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Samoa.

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4. Tai’s Native Experience – Upolu Day Tour by Minibus

It couldn’t get more authentic than joining a Samoan high chief, Tai, for a tour around his native homeland. Not only will you get the endearing perspective of Samoa’s main island, Upolu, from a local but full-day bus 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. For more bus tours of Samoa’s main island, check out the 10 Best Day Tours of Upolu.

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5. Savai’i Tours – Savai’i Bus Day Tour

For sightseeing tours of the lesser-visited Savai’i, choose the on-island operator Savai’i Tours. Your guide, Nu’u, can organise the ideal personalised tour to see the sights you’re most interested in. There are half-day and full-day options, with a popular run being along the south coast to check out the famous Alofaaga Blowholes, as well as the serene swimming spot of the Afu Aau Waterfall.

Savai’i Tours also works with Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge, should you want to take an island trip or a koko Samoa plantation tour from this popular accommodation. Find out more about the latter in the 10 Best Foodie Experiences in Samoa. Otherwise, pick-ups at Salelologa Wharf are included.

For more day tours of Samoa’s “big island” by bus, check out the 7 Best Day Tours of Savai’i.

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More About Samoa Bus Tours

That’s it for an idea of some of the bus tours in Samoa, but there are many similar tours, as listed in the following guides:

Finally, if you’re interested in taking one of Samoa’s iconic local buses, take a look at our guide, Taking the Bus in Samoa: Bus Fares, Routes & More.

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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