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7 Best Snorkelling Tours in Samoa 🤿 [2023]
7 Best Snorkelling Tours in Samoa 🤿 [2023]

6 Best Snorkelling Tours in Samoa 🤿 [2024]


The Top Snorkel Tours in Samoa

Welcome to some of the best snorkelling grounds in the South Pacific. With lagoons sheltering swimmers and tiny tropical fish from the Pacific Ocean combined with ultra-clear water, Samoa has excellent snorkelling from the shores. But if you want to get to the more “untouched” coral or the best snorkelling spots that only the locals know about, then you better take a snorkelling tour. Snorkelling tours in Samoa provide all of the gear; all you need is some reef-safe sunscreen and some enthusiasm for cute and colourful fish!

So, check out this list of the best snorkelling tours in Samoa and enhance your underwater experience!

1. Manoa Tours – Aganoa Beach, The Aquarium, Coconuts Wall and Nu’usafe’e Island

A good go-to for all things watersports on the south coast of Upolu, Manoa Tours offers snorkelling tours by boat as part of the ensemble. There are four exciting 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. Learn more about some of these snorkelling spots, particularly Aganoa Beach, in The Top 10 Places to Snorkel in Upolu.

Location: Tours mostly depart from Maninoa Beach at Coconuts Beach Club Resort on the central south coast of Upolu.

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2. Dive Savai’i – Manase Lagoon

A popular snorkelling spot on Savai’i for its frequent opportunities to swim with turtles, the lagoon in front of Manase has much more to explore than what’s right in front of the beach. Go where very few snorkelers get to explore with the boat transport and expertise of Dive Savai’i. All of the snorkelling gear is provided for trips to the edge of the lagoon, where the team will ensure your safety while you stop off at three different snorkelling sites, providing fantastic value for these half-day tours. For more information on Savai’i’s top snorkelling spots, take a look at The Best Snorkelling in Savai’i. Plus, learn more about diving with the crew in The Best Dive Shops & Operators in Samoa.

Location: Fagamalo village opposite Le Lagoto Resort, Main North Coast Road, northeast coast of Savai’i.

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3. Vaiula Snorkel Tours – Tafatafa Lagoon and Nu’usafe’e Island

Another opportunity to explore the south coast snorkelling sensations of south Upolu awaits with Vaiula Snorkel Tours. Based at Vaiula Beach Fales at Tafatafa Beach, these very affordable snorkelling tours can take you by boat to a range of sites within a deepwater lagoon, as well as outside of the reef. A highlight is exploring Nu’usafe’e Island with its incredible coral passages. Rental gear is also available if needed. After you’re done, the beach fales also has a cafe and bar should you need to refuel.

Location: Tours depart from Tafatafa Beach. Note that Tafatafa Beach is not at Tafatafa village. The turnoff to the beach is signposted along Main South Coast Road at the Latter-Day Saints Church in Malaemalu on the south coast of Upolu.

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4. Le Vasa Resort – Nu’ulopa Island and Manono Island

Le Vasa Resort offers a couple of exciting tours to the nearby islands of Nu’ulopa and Manono. Cross to the lagoon to either the uninhabited island of Nu’ulopa for a picnic lunch and fantastic snorkelling right off the beach, or Manono with its rich village life, an interesting hike around the island, and reef snorkelling on the way there or back.

Location: Le Vasa Resort, Apolima-uta, Main West Coast Road, west coast of Upolu.

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5. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge – Asau Bay

Although this affordable lodge with beach fales has the snorkelling gear for a chance for a quick snorkel right off its beach, the best snorkelling can be found around an enticing islet at the far end of Asau Bay along the northern coast of Savai’i island. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge offers boat trips from their own wharf to access this remote snorkelling spot awash in all sorts of tropical fish.

Location: Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge, between the villages of Auala and Asau, Main North Coast Road, northwest coast of Savai’i.

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6. Rainforest Runaway Ecotours – Nu’usafe’e Island and Aganoa Beach Boat Tours

Laidback, authentic and extremely knowledgeable, Rainforest Runaway Ecotours offers an excellent alternative snorkelling tour to explore the southern coast of Upolu. Join Manu for a day of doing your style of adventure, whether it’s snorkelling among pockets of pristine coral in the harder-to-reach sections of the lagoon or day-tripping to Nu’usafe’e Island or the black sand Aganoa Beach – both boasting more excellent snorkelling. You’re also in safe hands, as your tour guide is trained in senior first aid, while the rest of his knowledge when it comes to 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.

Location: Maninoa, central south coast of Upolu.

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[CLOSED] Pure Ocean – Shilo Reef and Manono Island

Primarily a dive centre, Pure Ocean also offers tours to incredible snorkelling spots just off the western shores of Upolu. Their signature tour is the “Shilo Reef Snorkelling Trip“, 1h30mins of snorkelling among banner fish, flute fish, fusiliers, zebra fish, surgeon fish and turtles. Those with a keen eye and good free-diving skills also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive and beautiful nudibranch. Alternatively, try their 3h30mins “Manono Snorkelling Trip” checking out two stunning reefs that are teeming with life in between island-hopping from Manono and Nu’ulopa Islands.

Location: Sheraton Access Road, Faleolo, northwest coast of Upolu.

More About Snorkelling Tours in Samoa

That’s it for our complete list of the best snorkelling tours in Samoa. Now discover more snorkelling adventures in the guides below:

Finally, Samoa isn’t all about snorkelling, so dapple your itinerary with more Pacific adventures using the 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List.


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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