The Top Sightseeing Tours of Samoa
You don’t need to bother with visitor driving licenses or negotiate the non-existent schedules of the public buses. Join a sightseeing tour to get more out of Samoa! That way, you’ll learn about the fascinating history behind the sights, see cultural demonstrations, try local cuisine, get insights that few other tourists learn, and so much more! The islands of Upolu and Savai’i both have guided sightseeing tours taking you to the highlights, from half-day tours to multi-day adventures. Discover the best in this list of sightseeing tours in Samoa!
1. Tai’s Native Experience
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 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.
2. Tour Samoa
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.
3. Intrepid Travel
For a complete adventure holiday incorporating both the islands of Upolu and Savai’i, choose this multi-day sightseeing 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 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.
4. Samoan Island Adventures
Specialising in off-the-beaten-track tours on 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. 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 Pool, Lalomanu Beach, Papapapatai 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 Swim, National 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.
5. Sunshine Samoa Tours
Whatever you want to do and whatever you want to see, chances are Silu from Sunshine Samoa Tours can make it happen. Offering personalised tours of Upolu and Savai’i, Sunshine Samoa Tours is a very flexible and affordable tour company that can plan itineraries ranging from half days to multiple days! You can even add Manono Island to the itinerary if you want to. Along the way, you’ll receive down-to-earth yet engaging commentary from your knowledgeable guide who will teach you more about the Samoan culture and history, resulting in a very fulfilling experience.
6. Savai’i Tours
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.
7. Samoa Scenic
Boasting one of the most extensive lists of sightseeing tours in Samoa, including tours of Upolu, Savai’i and even American Samoa, Samoa Scenic is sure to have the experience to suit. The most popular is the “Aleipata Districts Waterfalls and To Sua Ocean Trench” tour, taking you on an alternative road from Apia along the scenic Le Mafa Pass down to the famous To Sua Ocean Trench. After a swim, you’ll stop for lunch at one of the beach fales of the popular Lalomanu Beach before making a return trip across the Cross Island Road to Apia, stopping at Papapapaitai Falls and the Baha’i Temple.
Tours include all attraction entry fees, accommodation transfers (extra cost outside of Apia), and a barbecue lunch with fresh bread, salad and fruit. Check out more tours from Samoa Scenic listed in the 10 Best Day Tours of Savai’i, 5 Best Day Tours of Apia and 10 Island Day Trips & Island-Hopping Tours in Samoa.
8. Tropical Tours
Among a unique menu of waterfall abseiling tours and SUP tours, Tropical Tours also offers half-day and full-day sightseeing tours exploring the island of Upolu. While a full-day tour to the To Sua Ocean Trench is unsurprisingly the most popular option, we personally get more excited about their “Waterfall Tour”. This impressive tour not only takes you to highlights like Sopoaga Falls but to waterfalls that hardly any other tour is going to, such as Fuipisia Falls, Falefa Falls, Togitogiga Falls and Sauniatu Falls – pretty much the majority of the 10 Best Waterfalls in Samoa!
9. Rainforest Runaway Ecotours
Laidback, authentic and extremely knowledgeable, Rainforest Runaway Ecotours offers an excellent alternative day tour of Upolu. Join Manu for a day of doing your style of adventure, whether it’s snorkelling from the boat, hiking to volcanic crater lakes or the usual island tiki tour with stops at the bucket list To Sua to the more adventurous waterfalls to visit. You’re also in safe hands, as your tour guide is trained in senior first aid, while his knowledge of the local culture, flora and fauna helps you get much more out of the sights you’re visiting.
For more nature-focused tours, take a look at the 10 Best Eco Tours in Samoa.
10. Saletoga Sands Resort
Several of Samoa’s resorts offer their own in-house sightseeing tours, making it impossibly easy to explore the islands. For example, Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa offers a different tour for each day of the week, such as the Tuesday full-day tour taking in the sights of the Cross Island Road on the way to Apia. Visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, stop by the Tiapapata Art Centre and visit various magnificent churches from the Baha’i Temple to Apia’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The tour also allows you time to explore the famous Fugalei Market – a cultural must-do! Check out more tours of Apia in the 5 Best Day Tours of Apia.
More About the Best Sightseeing Tours in Samoa
Now that you have discovered the best sightseeing tours in Samoa, check out different types of tours in the below articles:
- 10 Island Day Trips & Island-Hopping Tours in Samoa
- 10 Best Day Tours of Samoa
- 10 Best Guided Tours in Samoa
Finally, check out all of Samoa’s sights and activities in our epic 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List.