101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List 🏝️ [2023]
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The Top Tours, Attractions and Activities in Samoa

If you have ever wondered what there is to do in Samoa, well, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Samoa Pocket Guide, we know a thing or two (or 101 things) about what to do in these breathtaking Polynesian islands. From the nation’s bustling capital city of Apia to the lesser-visited island of Savai’i, we’ve compiled all of the best tours, attractions and activities that we think you’ll love. It’s a long one, so let’s waste no more time getting to the 101 best things to do in Samoa!

A Quick Note About Entry Fees

Note that most of Samoa’s natural attractions, including beaches, require a small entry fee to the families and communities that maintain them. Find out more about entry fees in Samoan Etiquette: Samoa Customs & Traditions.

1. Plunge into Paradise at To Sua Ocean Trench

If you have only seen one image of Samoa, it’s likely to be the turquoise swimming hole with the iconic wooden rung ladder of the To Sua Ocean Trench. This 30 m (98 ft)-deep coastal sinkhole has a cave on either side, one of which dips underwater leading to the ocean so don’t attempt to swim through it. Learn more about the trench, as well as see more attractions on Samoa’s main island, in the 50 Best Things to Do on Upolu.

Location: Signposted along Main South Coast Road between Lotofaga and Vavau villages on Upolu‘s south coast.

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2. Watch the Power of the Waves at the Alofaaga Blowholes

An icon of Savai’i and Samoa, it’s no surprise that the Alofaaga Blowholes ranks high on this list of the best things to do in Samoa. Watch a spectacular show of wave power between the fissures of volcanic rock on the coast. Although a treat at any time, the best time to go is high tide. For more epic experiences on Samoa’s largest island, check out the 50 Best Things to Do on Savai’i.

Location: Taga village, signposted off the main road on the southwest coast of Savai’i. Note that the road to the blowholes is about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) of rough unsealed road. 2WDs will just manage but drive carefully.

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3. Cool Off at the Afu Aau Waterfall

One of the most stunning waterfalls and swimming holes in Samoa (and the South Pacific) awaits down a short and gorgeously maintained jungle trail on the southeast side of Savai’i. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the aqua-blue waters at the base of the 15-20 m (49-66 ft) Afu Aau Waterfall. With a reasonable entry fee, this one easily makes it onto the 50 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Samoa.

Location: Palauli village, signposted off the main road on the southeast coast of Savai’i.

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4. Snorkel Among Thriving Coral at Palolo Deep

Hire snorkelling gear from the kiosk and swim out to the white buoy to see an underwater trench brimming with staghorn coral, hundreds of tropical fish species, starfish, octopus and, if you’re lucky, perhaps even some turtles. That’s right, Palolo Deep Marine Reserve offers one of the most mesmerising snorkelling spots just 100 m (328 ft) from the shores of the nation’s capital, Apia. For more sweet snorkelling spots, check out The Top 10 Places to Snorkel in Samoa.

Location: Between the Marina and Vaiala Beach along Beach Road, Apia.

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5. Experience Samoa’s Natural Waterpark, Papase’ea Sliding Rocks

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 of the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks 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, of course, you have the “women’s slide”. 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.

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6. Take a Journey of “Fa’a Samoa” at Samoa Cultural Village

“Fa’a Samoa” means “The Samoan Way” and you’ll certainly get the full flavour of the Samoan culture at Samoa Cultural Village. Weave your own plate for the umu and be welcomed with an ‘ava ceremony before seeing how a traditional umu feast is prepared. While your lunch is cooking, learn how ‘ava bowls are carved and even witness a Samoan tatau (tattoo) being “applied” in the traditional manner. Finally, sit down with your freshly prepared umu lunch for a fiafia cultural performance. Discover more ways to experience fa’a Samoa in the 10 Best Cultural Activities in Samoa.

Location: Behind the Samoa Tourism Information Centre, Beach Road, Apia.

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7. Experience a Fiafia Night

Speaking of fiafia, your evening entertainment is sorted in Samoa! Many fiafia nights will start with an ‘ava (kava) ceremony before guests are treated to a buffet of Samoan staples and international favourites. Once your stomach is happy, the show can get underway with Pacifika dancing and a finale of siva afi which is Samoa’s very own knife fire-dancing! See which fiafia night to book yourself into in the 10 Best Cultural Shows (Fiafia) in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! See the link above for specific locations.

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8. Enjoy a Nature Walk and Venture Through a Giant Lava Tube at Laauoleola Cave

The 15-minute forest trail 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! Laauoleola Cave is one of many across Samoa, so check out some more subterranean marvels in 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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9. Walk Among Lava Ruins at the Saleaula Lava Field

Discover the remnants of the destructive Mt Matavanua 1905-1911 eruption at the enchanting Saleaula Lava Field. Here sits the LMS Church in ruins with a lava flow solidified right through its arching doorways, as well as the mysterious “Virgin’s Grave” where the lava flow is said to have avoided the grave of a young girl. For more fascinating sights, check out our guide, Sightseeing in Samoa: Top 10 Sights in Samoa.

Location: Saleaula village, signposted off the main road on the northeast coast of Savai’i.

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10. Marvel at the Stunning Sopoaga Falls

Samoa has no lack of waterfalls, many of which you can dream about in the 10 Best Waterfalls in Samoa, but certainly one of Upolu‘s most impressive is Sopoaga Falls. Around 32 m (105 ft) and seen surrounded by jungle-clad cliffs from a high viewpoint, the waterfall provides a majestic photo opportunity.

Location: North of Lotofoga village just before the junction where the Main South Coast Road turns onto Le Mafa Pass Road. Southeast coast of Upolu.

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11. Mingle With the Locals at One of Samoa’s Largest Markets

Peruse a wonderous array of locally crafted carvings, woven bags and fans, handprinted lavalava (sarongs), coconut jewellery and much more at one of Samoa’s substantial markets. Fugalei Market in Apia is the largest market in Samoa, closely followed by the Flea Market near the waterfront. Over the pond, Salelologa Market offers more shopping and eating opportunities. Dive into the details of each market in the 8 Best Markets in Samoa.

Location: Apia, Upolu and Salelologa, Savai’i – see the link above for specific locations.

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12. Experience Authentic Samoan Culture at the Siapo Demonstration

While exploring Savai’i, don’t miss this refreshingly authentic cultural experience. Stop at the sign for the “Siapo Demonstration” where you’ll be invited into a local family’s fale for a demonstration of traditional canvas-making and painting techniques. You can even give it a go yourself, while you’ll be gifted a piece to take home! Learn more about this special souvenir in the 10 Best Souvenirs from Samoa.

Location: Palauli village, signposted off the main road on the southeast coast of Savai’i (near the Afu Aau Waterfall).

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13. Refresh at the Piula Cave Pool

Although Samoa is blessed with a number of freshwater springs making for the most refreshing experience you can get in the hot Samoan sun, the most famous is the Piula Cave Pool. A hit with travellers, locals and freshwater fish alike, the crystal clear waters provide a cooling swimming experience with caves to explore. For other awesome places to swim, check out the 10 Best Swimming Spots in Samoa.

Location: On the grounds of the Piula Theological College, Lufilufi village, signposted along the Main East Coast Road on the northeast coast of Upolu.

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14. Learn Something New at Falemata’aga Museum of Samoa

The donation-based Museum of Samoa, Falemata’aga has an impressive collection of historical artefacts from Samoa and across the Pacific. If you don’t want to sift through it all yourself, free guided tours are available to show you around the six different galleries boasting 3,000-year-old Lapita pottery, colonisation history and even a small art exhibition. Needless to say, this one tops the list of the 5 Best Museums in Samoa.

Location: Vaitele Street (look out for the large mural on the building), Apia.

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15. Enjoy the White Sands and Lagoon Islands of Vavau Beach

Vavau Beach offers a secluded and stunning beach destination on the south coast of Upolu. Enjoy picturesque islands dotted around a shallow lagoon and soak in the scenery of the bush-clad environment that tops the coastal cliffs on all sides. Vavau Beach certainly isn’t the only beach to enjoy, so check out the 10 Best Beaches in Samoa for more recommendations.

Location: Vavau Beach Road, signposted off the Main South Coast Road between the villages of Lotofoga and Vavau on the south coast of Upolu.

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16. Relax and Snorkel at Savai’i’s Falealupo Beach

Meanwhile, on Savai’i, sweeping white sands and glorious snorkelling await at Falealupo Beach. The snorkelling is fine from the beach, but the best parts are further out where the beach fales offer a snorkelling tour. Discover more “romantic” spots like this in the 20 Most Romantic Things to Do in Samoa.

Location: Falealupo village off Falealupo Road on the northwest coast of Savai’i. Turn off the main road onto Falealupo Road at Falealupo-utu village.

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17. Check Out Sea Arches and Pandanus Forest on the Coastal Walk

Leave the beaches of Samoa behind and discover another side of Upolu‘s coast on the serene and secluded Coastal Walk. Protected within the O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park, the one-hour return walk winds its way through lush pandanus forest before emerging on rocky lava cliffs with views of incredible sea arches. For more two-foot wonders, check out the 15 Best Walks & Hikes in Samoa.

Location: O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park, Upolu. Signposted along Main South Coast Road between Sa’agafou and Saleilua.

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18. Take a Day Trip to Namu’a Island

From spotting turtles on the boat journey across the lagoon to hiking to the top of an uninhabited island, a day trip to Namu’a is full of excitement. Boats run daily (except Sundays) from Mutiatele village, taking you to a stunning island with walks, amazing snorkelling and beach fales. For more information, check out The Travel Guide to Aleipata Islands: Nu’utele, Namu’a, Fanuatapa & Nu’uala.

Location: Take the ferry from Mutiatele (check in at the shop opposite the wharf), Main South Coast Road on the east coast of Upolu.

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19. Indulge in a Spa Day

Treat yourself to some R&R too! Book yourself into one of Samoa’s serene spas, from the selection of locally-run wellness establishments in Apia to Samoa’s glorious resort spas. Needless to say, you are never too far away from finding your zen. For more luxurious activities like this, take a look at the 10 Most Luxurious Experiences in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! Check out the 10 Best Spas in Samoa for specific locations.

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20. Go On a Canyoning Adventure on 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 Falease’ela River Walk is an epic excursion for the adventurous! Access this piece of river paradise with Olsen and the local boys from Lalotalie ECAT Ventures who will gladly take you through the gorge with each waterfall getting more grandiose than the next! Learn more about this expedition in 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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21. Stay at a Beach Fale

Elevated on the sands with the sound of the waves rolling onto the distant reef; not only is sleeping in a traditional beach fale a beautiful experience but a social one. Samoa’s beach fales are run by local families, offering a cultural experience from the traditional structure where you sleep to the home-cooked breakfast and dinner shared with fellow travellers. Learn more about the experience in Essential Tips for Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! Check out locations in the 20 Best Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa.

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22. Tour the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum…

The impeccably maintained grounds and villa of the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895), who lived in Samoa for the remaining four years of his life, are preserved for visitors to enjoy today. Take the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum tour to learn the stories of RLS’ time in Samoa and see some original trinkets. What’s more, the museum is a great option if the weather isn’t playing ball, as are the 20 Things to Do in Samoa on a Rainy Day.

Location: Signposted along Cross Island Road in the village of Avele, just south of Apia.

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23. … Then Hike Up Mt Vaea to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Tomb

Accessed via the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, the Robert Louis Stevenson Tomb Trail not only leads you to the tomb of the famous author on Mt Vaea but reveals both fairytale-like rainforest and outstanding views of Apia. There are two routes to choose from; the 30-minute rough and steep way or the 50-minute easier way that zigzags its way to the top. For more walks on the island, check out the 10 Best Walks & Hikes on Upolu.

Location: Signposted along Cross Island Road in the village of Avele, just south of Apia. The walk can be found at a clearing in the forest between the Garden Toilets and the museum (you’ll see the sign for the Tomb Track).

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24. Spend the Day Shopping in Apia

Home to talented craftspeople who have passed down techniques from generation to generation, Samoa certainly entices with unique handicrafts. With this in mind, getting some retail therapy at the crafts shops of Apia is a very viable way to spend a morning or afternoon in the capital. Discover the retail highlights in The Guide to Shopping in Samoa + The Best Places to Shop.

Location: Apia. Check out the links above for shopping recommendations and their locations.

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25. Check Out the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

You can hardly miss this striking cathedral looming over the Apia Harbour. The inside of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral boasts an ornate timber ceiling and vibrant stained-glass windows. The original church was constructed in 1884 with the most recent reconstruction estimated to have cost ST$13 million, so go have a visit for the love of funding! For more attractions in the capital, check out the 25 Best Things to Do in Apia.

Location: Beach Road opposite the Samoa Tourism Information Centre, Apia.

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26. Swim at the Bottom of Sauniatu Falls…

One of the rare natural attractions in Samoa that is 100% free, Sauniatu Falls provides amazing swimming in a verdant rainforest setting beneath a 20 m (66 ft)-high waterfall. After checking out the Piula Cave Pool (see above) on Upolu, follow the signposts inland to Sauniatu Falls on the grounds of a Latter-Day Saints compound. See more freebies on the island listed in the 25 Free & Cheap Things to Do on Upolu.

Location: Sauniatu village. From Lufilufi village (near Piula Cave Pool), follow the road inland approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) and over a river bridge all the way to the end. Northeast coast of Upolu.

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27. … Then Abseil Down a Waterfall!

For a unique way to experience Samoa’s 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. Tackle a technical abseil down an epic 11 m (35 ft) waterfall complete with a rewarding swim at the bottom, as well as some morning tea. Discover more tours like this in the 10 Best Tours in Upolu.

Location: Upolu. Accommodation pick-ups are included in the tour.

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28. Watch the Sunset and Discover Historical Sites at Cape Mulinuu

The westernmost point of Savai’i is a sacred place to Samoans; Cape Mulinuu is home to the historic Mauga Fetu Star Mound, Ana O Vaatausili Giant’s Cave and Vaisuatoto Well. After exploring the sites and discovering their stories, catch the sunset from the beach and rock pools of Cape Mulinuu. Learn more about these historical wonders, in the 15 Best Historical Sites in Samoa.

Location: Falealupo Road, approximately 2.2 km (1.3 mi) south of Falealupo Beach on the northwest coast of Savai’i.

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29. Take the Plunge on a Scuba Diving Excursion

Vibrant coral gardens, dramatic canyons, swim throughs and deep pinnacles; there are many exciting adventures to be had in the waters surrounding Upolu and the nearby Manono island. Meanwhile, Savai’i‘s waters are home to incredible lagoon dives, as well as the wreck dive of the John Williams V. There is so much to unpack when it comes to diving from Upolu, so check out The Best Scuba Diving in Samoa.

Location: Upolu and Savai’i – see the link above for more details.

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30. Snorkel at the Savaia Giant Clam Sanctuary

Pay your entry fees, go down the steps and slip on your mask, snorkel and fins for an adventure with giant clams at the Savaia Giant Clam Sanctuary! You’ll be amazed at how gargantuan these shelled specimens can get. Find this epic snorkelling spot on Upolu, along with The Top 10 Places to Snorkel on Upolu.

Location: Savaia village along Main South Coast Road (nearby Le Valasi’s Beach Fales) on the southwest coast of Upolu.

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31. Relax at Lalomanu Beach

White sands, a turquoise lagoon, island views and breathtaking at both sunrise and sunset; Lalomanu Beach has it all. Located on the southeast corner of Upolu, Lalomanu boasts excellent views of the slanted Nu’utele Island. There are around seven beach fales here, giving you plenty of options to spend the day or overnight. Discover more ways to relax on your holiday with the 10 Most Relaxing Things to Do in Samoa.

Location: Lalomanu village, along Main South Coast Road on the Upolu’s southeast coast.

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32. Swim at Another Epic Waterfall, Togitogiga Waterfall

An awesome (and free) attraction in the O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park, Togitogiga Waterfall is actually a series of picturesque waterfalls that make for an idyllic swimming spot in the rainforest. Note that the waterfall is prone to drying up if there hasn’t been enough rain, especially in the dry season.

Location: A short walk from the O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park Visitor Centre along Main South Coast Road between Sa’agafou and Saleilua villages on Upolu‘s south coast.

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33. See the Unique Mu Pagoa Waterfall

Speaking of waterfalls, Samoa’s only waterfall that plunges into the Pacific Ocean is Mu Pagoa Waterfall, which offers a unique natural attraction on Savai’i. It might not be the highest waterfall but it’s still an impressive sight to see the Lata River suddenly falling into the ocean with the swell crashing against the cliffs below. Discover more impressive sights on the island in the Sightseeing in Savai’i: Top 10 Sights on Savai’i.

Location: Between Puleia and Gautavai villages on the southeast coast of Savai’i.

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34. Discover the Famous “Ma Tree”

Nestled in the O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park, the Ma Tree amazes with its giant buttress roots extending metres around its base. This family-friendly walk is only a 780 m (853 yards) walk from the well-established car park and information boards in the National Park. For more family-friendly activities, check out the 20 Best Things to Do in Samoa with Kids.

Location: O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park, at the information boards (not the Visitor Centre) along Main South Coast Road between Sa’agafou and Saleilua villages on the south coast of Upolu.

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35. Admire the Art at the EFKS Museum

Certainly an art gallery rather than a museum, the EFKS Museum boasts a large glass-walled fale packed with the creations of the talented students of the School of Fine Arts. There is a range of contemporary carvings, sculptures, paintings and more to admire or even purchase. Discover more galleries worth visiting in the 5 Best Art Galleries in Samoa.

Location: Malua (signposted next to the Malua Theological College) along Main West Coast Road on the northwest coast of Upolu.

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36. Explore the Islands by Bike

Cycling allows you to soak in the sights and sounds of village life at a much more relaxed pace than other ways of getting around. Either join a tour or freedom hire with Outdoor Samoa and follow a self-guided itinerary around the islands and stay in beach fales for a rich cultural experience. Find out more about two-wheel adventures in The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! See where to rent bikes in Cycle Samoa: Where to Rent Bikes & E-Bikes.

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37. See How Samoan Cocoa Beans are Made on a Koko Plantation Tour

See where your Whittaker’s Chocolate originates (if you’re from New Zealand) on Va’ai family’s koko (cocoa) farm. Departing from Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge on Savai’i, the Koko Plantation Tour has you seeing the koko cultivation process from seedlings to dried cocoa beans. For more flavour-orientated tours, check out the 10 Best Foodie Experiences in Samoa.

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

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38. Snorkel with Turtles at Manase Beach

One of the most popular beaches on Savai’i and one of the best places in Samoa to see turtles in their natural environment, Manase Beach is another beach to entice. The beach fales just beg for you to stay longer, so either stay overnight or hire a fale just for the day. See where else to have a turtle encounter in the 10 Places to See Turtles in Samoa.

Location: Manase village on the northeast coast of Savai’i.

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39. Go on a Kayaking or Paddleboarding Excursion

Fun yet tranquil ways to explore Samoa’s lagoons, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are well worth experiencing. Just about every beach accommodation has kayaks for hire, while Outdoor Samoa runs some more adventurous kayaking excursions should you feel inclined. Alternatively, hit up Tropical Tours for one of their SUP experiences on the lagoon.

Location: All over Samoa! Get kayaking recommendations from The Top 10 Places to Kayak and SUP suggestions in the 10 Best Places for Stand-Up Paddleboarding.

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40. Paddle Among the Asaga Mangroves

An alternative way to paddle and a very special experience if you can get it organised (book through the Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association), villagers at the Asaga Mangroves offer guided paopao (outrigger canoe) trips through their glorious mangrove forest. Although guides are not often fluent in English, they’ll point out interesting aspects of the forest as they go. The relaxed 10-15-minute paddle terminates at a freshwater spring where a refreshing dip awaits!

Location: 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.

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41. Reel in Pacific Pelagics on a Samoan Fishing Charter

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. Alternatively, bring your fishing gear and try some surfcasting for yourself. Start planning your fishing holiday 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.

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42. Go Off-Roading Across Samoa’s Plantations on an ATV Tour

Jump on an ATV quad bike and discover a part of Upolu that very few visitors get to experience with Wolfpac ATV Tours! No experience is needed, just a driver’s license and three hours in order to explore lush inland plantations and picturesque bushlands. Find out more about the tour in 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, Upolu. Wolfpac ATV Tours is approximately 200 m (219 yards) down this road.

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43. Hike the Multi-Day Mission Up Mt Silisili

Samoa’s highest mountain and a multi-day adventure to tackle, Mt Silisili provides an awesome adventure on Savai’i. 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 track details and how to arrange.

Location: A’opo village on the north coast of Savai’i. Organise guides through the Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association.

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44. Hit Samoa’s Uncrowded Surf Waves

The final frontier of surfing in the South Pacific, Samoa provides a number of reef breaks ideal for the seasoned surfer. If you’re serious about surfing, book yourself some nights at one of Samoa’s surf lodges or beach fales. Otherwise, join one of the independent surf tours, like Manoa Tours. Check out the 10 Best Surf Operators and Guides in Samoa for more guidance.

Location: All over Samoa! See the 10 Best Places to Surf in Samoa for specific surf locations.

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45. Refresh at a Freshwater Village Pool (Vai Taele)

Nothing beats the feeling of cooling off at a village’s freshwater pool, known as a vai taele in Samoan. Easy to spot as you’re travelling along the coast, village pools have a manmade concrete barrier to contain some of the fresh springwater/protect swimmers from the tide.

Location: All over Samoa!

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46. Cool Off at Samoa’s Most Famous Village Pool, Mataolealelo Pool

Speaking of freshwater pools, the most famous on Savai’i is Mataolealelo Pool. The pool is associated with the Samoan legend of “Sina and the Eel”, which is the story of the first coconut tree. Regardless, the feeling of fresh springwater during a day of exploring in Samoa’s hot climate is ultra-reviving.

Location: Matavai village, signposted off the main road on the northeast coast of Savai’i.

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47. Take a Trip to Manono Island

There are many smaller islands to explore in Samoa, with none being quite as fascinating and cultural as Manono. Either join a day tour or arrange to stay at the beach fales overnight. Whatever you choose, take the opportunity to walk around the island to meet the friendly locals, stop for a swim off the beaches, and discover fascinating historical sites. Learn more about visiting Manono in The Travel Guide to Manono: Things to Do, How to Get There & More.

Location: Boats depart from Manono-uta village on the west coast of Upolu. See the link above for more details.

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48. Surf, Swim or Sunbathe at Aganoa Beach

One of your more secluded beaches in Samoa, Aganoa Beach is well worth the journey (and 4WD/high-clearance vehicle). After an approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) rough dirt track through the forest with plenty of small hills – keep an eye out for kingfisher birds – you’ll reach the deep-water crescent-shaped black-sand Aganoa Beach. Learn more about it in the 10 Best Beaches on Upolu.

Location: Signposted along Main South Coast Road at the western end of Sa’agafou village on the south coast of Upolu.

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49. Take in the Views of Papapapaitai Falls

Plunging 100 m (328 ft) into the distance rainforest, Papapapaitai Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Samoa. With it just available to view for free along the Cross Island Road, there’s no reason not to check it out!

Location: Signposted along the Cross Island Road on Upolu, approximately 14 km (8.7 mi) south of Apia.

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50. Soak in the Mountain Views on the Le Mafa Pass and Fagaloa Bay Scenic Drive

Fill up the gas tank and hit the glorious Le Mafa Pass and Fagaloa Bay Scenic Drive which can both be enjoyed on the same road trip to the eastern side of Upolu. The journey takes you to high vantage points revealing jungle-clad mountains around just about every corner. Plan more of your road trip using A Self-Guided Day Trip Around Upolu: East Coast Itinerary.

Location: Le Mafa Pass Road and Richardson Road at Fagaloa Bay on the east coast of Upolu.

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51. Take a Tour or Independently Hike to Lake Lanoto’o

A pea-green crater lake set in the Upolu highlands, Lake Lanoto’o is also known as the “Goldfish Lake” after, well, the goldfish that live in the lake. Although it is possible to work through the trail yourself, we highly recommend using a guide, such as Samoan Island Adventures, Manoa Tours and Rainforest Runaway Ecotours to guarantee that you won’t get lost.

Location: Lanoto’o Road, signposted along Cross Island Road approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Apia, Upolu.

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52. Scratch Your Head at Moso’s Footprint

Not an attraction that you’ll need to make a lot of time for, Moso’s Footprint is a simple hop-out-of-the-car stop on the way to Falealupo Beach on Savai’i. The 2 m (6.6 ft)-long foot-shaped depression has an interpretation panel beside it describing the legend of Moso who stepped his right foot onto Savai’i, extending his left foot across the Pacific onto Suva in Fiji. The sign also describes the geological interpretation.

Location: Signposted approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) down Falealupo Road from Falealupo-uta village on the northwest coast of Savai’i.

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53. Wander Among the Falealupo Church Ruins

Between Moso’s Footprint and Falealupo Beach are the ruins of Falealupo’s Historic Catholic Church which was destroyed by the waves of Cyclone Ofa in 1990. Discover more historical landmarks on the island in the 10 Best Historical Sites on Savai’i.

Location: Cape Vaitoloa, Falealupo Road on the northwest coast of Savai’i.

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54. Hear the Legends About the House of Rock

Guides on Savai’i will lead you down a rough trail (better to wear closed footwear rather than your flip-flops) to a partially collapsed lava tube. While an old legend speaks of the “Rock House” being made as a result of a housebuilding competition between the village’s men and women (and the women won), more recent history tells of the lava tube protecting villagers from cyclones.

Location: Falealupo Road, signposted at the northern end of Falealupo Beach on the northwest coast of Savai’i.

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55. Go on an Adventure at Dwarf’s Cave

Certainly the most adventurous cave tour in Samoa, Dwarf’s Cave (Nu’u le Tau) is significant to the local village for its legends. A cave tour 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.

Location: Paia village. Follow signs inland off the main road to Dwarf’s Cave from the northeast coast of Savai’i.

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56. Explore Matagialalua Friendship Park

A neat little area on the Apia waterfront, Friendship Park offers an attractive park for a stroll, to catch the latest community event and to let kids loose at the playground if you’re travelling as a family. Explore the Mangrove Tidal Garden with boardwalks and bridges to mosey over, watch locals battle it out at the sports courts, and head down to the amphitheatre to catch a free gig or event.

Location: On the waterfront behind the Government Building on Beach Road, Apia.

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57. Have a Swing at One of Samoa’s Golf Courses

Take a swing in the tropical sanctuary of one of Upolu‘s casual-but-fun golf courses. Apia itself has two park courses with plenty of challenges winding through the coconut palms, while Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa has its own premed 9-hole golf course. Find the most suitable course for you in The Complete Guide to Golf in Samoa.

Location: Upolu. See the link above for Upolu’s golf courses and their locations.

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58. See an Umu Demonstration

The traditional Polynesian method of slow-cooking fish, tropical root vegetables and dishes like palusami with hot rocks is usually saved for special occasions in Samoan culture, but there are a couple of ways to experience this special meal for yourself in Samoa. Join one of Samoa Cultural Village‘s free tours in Apia or there’s also the opportunity to watch umu demonstrations at resorts such as Le Vasa Resort, Aganoa Lodge or Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge.

Location: All over Samoa! See the 10 Best Foodie Experiences on Upolu and 11 Best Foodie Experiences on Savai’i for specific locations.

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59. Tour the Ifiele’ele Plantation

Samoans heavily rely on the tropical produce of its inland plantations, much like the Ifiele’ele Plantation. Either stay as a guest at the accommodation or book ahead if you’re a group with a minimum of four people to take a tour of this plantation famous across the island for its healthy dried fruit snacks, real fruit ice pops, as well as jams and chutneys. Get more food inspiration from The Food Guide to Samoa: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

Location: Satui Road, Fasito’outa, northwest coast of Upolu.

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60. Check Out Safotu Catholic Church

Visit the village of Safotu to check out one of the most significant churches on Savai’i. Safotu Catholic Church is Samoa’s first Roman Catholic Church, made from bleached coral and impeccably maintained for an interesting visit. Learn more about Samoa’s churches in The Guide to the Religions in Samoa.

Location: Safotu village, easily spotted along the main road on the northeast coast of Savai’i.

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61. Admire the Flowers at Vailima Botanical Garden

Encompassing 12 ha (30 acres) of native, introduced and naturalised plant species, Vailima Botanical Garden offers a wonderful free space to explore in Apia. Learn something at the information centre and cool off in the freshwater pool and waterfall of the Loimata o Apaula stream. You can also start the Tomb Trail (see above) from here.

Location: Follow signposts for the RLS Museum along Cross Island Road in the village of Avele, just south of Apia. Instead of turning down the lane to the museum, however, continue straight until you reach an archway and sign for Vailima Botanical Garden.

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62. Visit Mashriqu’l-AdhkΓ‘r, One of the Eight Baha’i Temples

Mashriqu’l-AdhkΓ‘r is not only an incredible piece of architecture among immaculate grounds but it’s one of only eight Baha’i Houses of Worship in the world. The temple has nine symmetrical sides which domes 28 m (92 ft) high. Surrounding the majestic structure are 20 acres of manicured grass, some 60 species of flowers and all sorts of native plants and trees.

Location: Malololelei village along the Cross Island Road, approximately 8 km (5 mi) south of Apia, Upolu.

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63. Find Samoa’s Smallest Church

Sure, there are a lot of grand churches and cathedrals that steal all of the limelight in Samoa but give some love to one of Christianity’s more humble structures. The First Samoan Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in the village of Satupaitea is Samoa’s smallest church.

Location: Main South Coast Road, Satupaitea, Savai’i.

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64. Hike or Drive Up Mt Matavanu

For those looking for an interesting hike and a volcano to climb (that won’t take you multiple days), try Mt Matavanu. Mt Matavanu can be found on the north coast of Savai’i and was the volcano responsible for the 1905-1911 eruptions that sent lava flowing 13 km (8 mi) along the coast. Organise a hike with a guide from the village of Safotu or pay your entry fees and they’ll point you to the easy-to-follow road/trail.

Location: Approximately 10 km (6 mi) inland from Safotu village on the road that passes through Paia. A 4WD is recommended for driving to the summit.

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65. Enjoy Some Bird Watching at the Tafua Crater

On this 1-hour walk to the Tafua Crater, your guide from Safua Tours will endeavour to point out Samoa’s fascinating and rare wildlife, such as the manumea (tooth-billed pigeon) and flying foxes. The top of the crater provides awesome views of the surrounding coastline and villages. If you’re a bit of a birder, check out the 5 Best Places for Bird Watching in Samoa.

Location: Tafua-tai village, Savai’i. From Maoto village on the main road, take the road to the coast which is approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) to Tafua village. Guides are best hired via the Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association.

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66. Join a Village Walk

You’ll drive through many villages during your time in Samoa but nothing compares to experiencing them at a more relaxed pace. Cue the “village walk”; an activity that resorts, such as Amoa Resort, Taumeasina Island Resort and Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge, offer guests in order to share more about the Samoan culture and villages. Discover the best village walks in the 10 Best Village Tours in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! Tours depart from resorts, as listed in the link above.

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67. Take Part in a Weaving Demonstration

Baskets, bags, headbands and hats; it’s amazing how many items can be crafted from a simple palm frond in just a few minutes! Although weaving demonstrations may well be a casual offering of some resorts and beach fales across Samoa, Amoa Resort‘s weaving demonstration is a spectacular one we can vouch for, as is the one at the Samoa Cultural Village. Check out other resorts offering weaving demonstrations in the 10 Best Cultural Activities in Samoa.

Location: Amoa Resort – Faga village on the east coast of Savai’i. Samoan Cultural Village – Beach Road, Apia, Upolu or see the link for more suggestions.

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68. Taste Koko Samoa (And Learn How to Make It!)

Samoa’s very own version of hot chocolate, koko Samoa can not only be tasted at many beach fales and resorts across the islands but resorts like Amoa Resort on Savai’i also provide unique cultural insight with their Koko Samoa Demonstration. Join the friendly local staff at the resort bar to learn how locals turn it into a unique version of hot chocolate. For more drinks to sample on the islands, check out the 10 Drinks in Samoa You Have to Try.

Location: Amoa Resort – Faga village on the east coast of Savai’i.

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69. Be Amazed by the Views at Lover’s Leap

As you’re tiki touring along the scenic southwest coast of Savai’i, stop by the Lover’s Leap lookout. It’s sometimes overgrown, but if you’re lucky, you’ll get breathtaking views from a clifftop vantage point of the water surging into a small but dramatic cove below.

Location: Along the main road at the northern end of Falelima village, just past the Mormon Church, on the southwest coast of Savai’i.

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70. Indulge in Street Food Delights at the Apia Night Market

A congregation of street food await at the Apia Night Market, happening on the last Friday of the month from around 4 pm. Feast on international and local staples and treat the kids to carnival food, fairground rides and bouncy castle fun. Discover more street food delights in The Top Cheap Eats in Samoa.

Location: Samoa Tourism Information Centre, Beach Road, Apia.

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71. Head Down to the SWAG Market

Another Apia market well worth checking out, the Samoa Women’s Association of Growers (SWAG) Market is a cute Saturday gathering with organic produce, art and local Samoan food products for sale. Learn more about it in the 8 Best Markets in Samoa.

Location: Samoa Tourism Information Centre, Beach Road, Apia.

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72. See Fascinating Cave Birds at Pe’ape’a Cave

Named after the white-rumped swiftlets that live in this ancient lava tube, Pe’ape’a Cave is believed to stretch for 1 km (0.6 mi) underground. Although the entrance to the cave is the size of a railway tunnel, guided tours can only take you a short way into the cave before it narrows and becomes too difficult to crawl through. For more wildlife encounters, check out Wildlife in Samoa: Animals in Samoa & Where to See Them.

Location: Letui village, signposted off the roadside on the northern coast of Savai’i.

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73. Take Part in a Samoan Cooking Class

Take home the knowledge of how to cook Samoan dishes by partaking in a Samoan cooking class; a pretty unique souvenir! This more hands-on foodie experience in Samoa can be experienced at resorts such as Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa and Taumeasina Island Resort. Learn more about the classes in The Food Guide to Upolu: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

Location: Upolu. Sinalei Reef Resort – Signposted off Main South Coast Road between Mulivai and Si’umu villages on the south coast. Taumeasina Island Resort – Taumeasina Road, Apia.

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74. Join Chef John for a Food Tour

Combine sightseeing with gourmet island dining with Chef John Tours. Chef John offers both a half-day and full-day tours of Upolu, visiting Apia’s fish, fruit and vegetable markets where you’ll pick out your own produce. You’ll then arrive at the refreshing swimming spot of the Piula Cave Pool where John will put on an impressive show of sprucing up a gourmet lunch. Discover other unique ways of exploring the island in the 10 Best Day Tours of Upolu.

Location: Upolu. The tour includes accommodation transfers.

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75. Hike and Enjoy the View From Mt Fiamoe

A great option to do before or after you’ve done the neighbouring Lake Lanoto’o Track, Mt Fiamoe (45 minutes return) offers better views across the northern and southern coasts of Upolu. From the top of the access road, you’ll climb 150 m (492 ft) high along a 1.5 km (0.9 mi) trail.

Location: Mt Fiamoe Service Road, off Lanoto’o Road, signposted along Cross Island Road approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Apia, Upolu.

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76. Check Out the Historical Monuments on the Mulinuu Peninsula

From the tombs of various heads of state to memorials to Samoa’s German affiliations to commemorating Samoa’s independence, many representations of Samoa’s political history can be found along the Mulinuu Peninsula. Learn more about the individual memorials in the 10 Best Historical Sites in Apia.

Location: Mulinuu Peninsula, Mulinuu Road, Apia.

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77. Marvel at the Malietoa Monument

Speaking of monuments, perhaps the most impressive is sitting on the grounds of the Le Vasa Resort. The Malietoa Monument is a memorial to peace between Samoa and Tonga after centuries of conflict. Learn more about it in the 10 Best Historical Sites on Upolu.

Location: Le Vasa Resort (the monument is on the waterfront facing Manono Island). The entrance is signposted off Main West Coast Road in Apolima-uta village on the west coast of Upolu.

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78. Take a Day Trip to Nu’ulopa Island

While you’re at Le Vasa Resort, be sure to book one of their amazing day trips to Nu’ulopa Island, also known as Bat Island. The island day trip gives you the opportunity to explore the uninhabited island, snorkel off the beach and try the natural whirlpool, and includes a picnic lunch. Learn more about the day trip and more in the 10 Best Island Day Trips from Upolu, Samoa.

Location: Le Vasa Resort – the entrance is signposted off Main West Coast Road in Apolima-uta village on the west coast of Upolu.

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79. Try Some Samoan Snacks

Although international food is well-represented across Upolu and Savai’i, Samoans also have plenty of their own snacks available to pick up at many convenience stores and bakeries across the islands. Why not try taro or banana chips? Bite into a soft keke pua’a (pork bun) or paifala (halfmoon pie). A bag of keke saiga (Chinese biscuits) will surely see you through until dinner! Check out more to try in Traditional Samoan Food: 20 Foods to Try in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa!

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80. Stop By the Roadside Fruit Stalls

The opportunity to buy delicious local produce awaits simply on the roadsides in Samoa. Many roadside stalls just have a woven basket of coconuts or pineapples; wait by the stall and someone will likely come out to greet you. Other roadside stalls are full huts with a complete offering of vibrant fruit. See what fruit to try in the 10 Exotic Fruits in Samoa You Have to Try.

Location: All over Samoa!

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81. Watch the Police Marching Band in Apia

Each weekday morning from around 8:45 am, the Royal Samoa Police Band brings the streets of Apia to life with trumpets, trombones and drums as they march along Beach Road from the Police Station Headquarters. At 9 am, they raise the Samoan flag on the lawns of the Government Building before marching their merry way back to the Police Station. A sight not to be missed!

Location: Police Station HQ – Government Building, Beach Road, Apia.

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82. Experience a Ride on a Samoan Bus

Suited up in vibrant colours, multicoloured lights, plasma-cut designs and hood ornaments, the Samoan public bus service is something Xzibit would be proud of. Ride around the island to blaring tunes and, if it’s busy, witness the customary “Samoan squeeze” with passengers literally sitting on other people’s laps on their way to work.

Location: All over Samoa! Check out our guide, Taking the Bus in Samoa: Bus Fares, Routes & More to learn more.

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83. Soak Up the Island Views on the Ferry Between Upolu and Savai’i

More than just an overwater commute, the ferry journey between Upolu and Savai’i is a scenic cruise. It’s worth checking out the views from the open decks, as you’ll see the islands of Apolima, Manono and Nu’ulopa go by. Learn more about the ferry in our Samoa Ferry Guide: How to Use the Ferry for Interisland Travel in Samoa.

Location: Mulifanua Wharf, Upolu and Salelologa Wharf, Savai’i.

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84. Enjoy a Resort Day

Swimming pools, restaurants, kayaks, spas, beaches, bars and more; resorts have plenty going on that make them well worth simply spending the day. What’s more, you don’t even need to be staying at a resort to enjoy its pleasures, as resort day visits are a thing in Samoa. Discover which resorts to visit in the Top 25 Resorts in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! See the link above for recommended resorts and their locations.

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85. Check Out the John Williams Memorial

Standing in front of the London Missionary Society/Congregational church in Sapapali’i village on Savai’i is the stone memorial commemorating the landing of British missionary John Williams who arrived in 1830 to introduce Christianity to Savai’i – just one of the fascinating 10 Best Historical Sites on Savai’i.

Location: Sapapali’i village, along the main road on the east coast of Savai’i.

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86. Tour Florence’s Farm

Another one on Savai’i, stay at the unique B&B experience of Florence’s Place inland in Fa’a’ala village for the fascinating foodie experience of exploring a 300-acre farm. After learning about the Samoan way of life through your friendly hosts, you’ll indulge in the farm’s fare through home-cooked meals. Learn more about the accommodation in the 10 Best Guesthouses & B&Bs in Samoa.

Location: Fa’a’ala village (Palauli district), signposted off the main road on the southeast coast of Savai’i.

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87. Kitesurf on the Lagoon

If you’ve got your own gear, Samoa is a rewarding destination for kitesurfing. Tradewinds are the most favourable during August and September on the flat lagoon waters in front of Lano Beach, Aganoa Beach (Savai’i) and elsewhere. Find out more about organising a kitesurfing trip using the Kitesurfing in Samoa: The Top 10 Places to Kitesurf.

Location: All over Samoa! Check out the link above for recommended locations.

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88. Play Volleyball

As the heat of the day wanes, villages become alive with games of rugby, kilikiti (Samoan cricket) and, most commonly, volleyball! You’ll see villagers of all ages jumping for the ball, from the kids to the mamas, and locals usually find it very fun to have tourists join their teams! Give it a go! Otherwise, some resorts and beach fales have volleyball nets strung up for your enjoyment.

Location: All over Samoa!

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89. Delve into the Malololelei Recreation Reserve

Excellent for bird watching and even better for getting off the beaten track, the Malololelei Recreation Reserve offers an array of trails through 30 acres of bushland. Enjoy waterfalls, picnic areas, swimming holes and a viewing platform overlooking Apia!

Location: Malololelei village, the Cross Island Road south of Apia on Upolu. See the full directions in the 10 Best Walks & Hikes on Upolu.

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90. See the Latest Art Exhibition, Arthouse Film or Astronomy Evening at the Tiapapata Art Centre

The Tiapapata Art Centre always has something interesting to see. The attraction has an ever-changing line-up of art exhibitions and also hosts regular evening events like documentary and arthouse film screenings, as well as astronomy nights complete with telescopes! Learn more about the gallery in the 5 Best Art Galleries in Samoa.

Location: Malololelei village along the Cross Island Road, approximately 8 km (5 mi) south of Apia (just past the Baha’i Temple), Upolu.

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91. Work on Your Wellness with a Yoga Class

Ensure you leave Samoa rejuvenated by partaking in a yoga session. Either join a class, such as on weekday mornings at Taumeasina Island Resort or book Yoga Samoa to provide a one-on-one or group session at your chosen accommodation. Alternatively, look out for yoga retreats hosted at Samoa’s resorts. Learn more about yoga retreats in The Guide to Retreats in Samoa: Yoga, Wellness & More.

Location: All over Samoa! See recommended locations in the 10 Best Places to Experience Yoga in Samoa.

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92. Be Treated to a Private Dining Experience

Elevate your evening meal, perhaps to celebrate a special occasion or “just ’cause”, treat yourself and your partner, family or friends to one of Samoa’s private dining experiences. There are plenty of resorts that can arrange this special request, as listed in the 10 Best Activities in Samoa for Adults.

Location: Resorts all over Samoa! Check out the link above for resort suggestions.

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93. Seek Out Samoa’s Best Sunrise Spots…

It’s simple but very rewarding if you can wake up early enough (see Samoa’s typical sunrise times each month in our Weather category). But with many resorts and beach fales lining the east coasts, there’s no excuse to not catch one of its breathtaking sunrises at least once during your visit.

Location: East coast of Upolu and Savai’i. Check out specific locations in the 10 Best Places to Watch the Sunrise in Samoa.

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94. … And Best Sunset Spots

One that most of us are more willing to be awake for, there are also plenty of stunning places to watch the sunset from Samoa. See them all listed in the 10 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Samoa.

Location: West coast of Upolu and Savai’i.

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95. Stargaze Under Some of the World’s Clearest Skies

When night falls and the weather is clear, the universe puts on the most mesmerising show made all the clearer thanks to Samoa’s lack of light pollution. Any of the beach accommodations regularly capture magnificent displays of the Milky Way arm when the conditions are right, but follow the advice in The Best Spots for Stargazing in Samoa for more tips for incredible stargazing.

Location: All over Samoa!

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96. Explore Samoa’s Historical Sites

Samoa has a fascinating history of ancient Polynesian civilisation, Christian missionaries, colonisation from Tonga, Germany and the Commonwealth, and gaining independence – you can learn about the history in A Brief History of Samoa. Many memorials, historical churches and even ancient star mounds can be found across Samoa to admire and reflect on a time long past. Check out the highlights in the 15 Best Historical Sites in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! Check out the link above for locations.

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97. Attend One of Samoa’s Vibrant Events

Samoa has a number of exciting events to attend throughout the year. From the acclaimed Teuila Festival to the cultural storm of the Palolo Festival to fishing, swimming and marathon competitions, there’s something to entertain just about any visitor. See if there are any fun events you can coincide with your trip in The Top Events & Festivals in Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa (but mostly in Apia).

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98. Treat the Tastebuds at One of Samoa’s Cafes or Restaurants

A day in paradise isn’t complete until you’ve wrapped it up with a mouthwatering meal. Admittedly, the islands aren’t exactly teeming with eateries outside of Apia, so you’re best to stick to the capital if you want to enjoy an array of dining experiences. Get started with planning all of your dining conquests with The Food Guide to Samoa: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

Location: All over Samoa (but mostly in Apia)! See the link above for recommendations.

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99. Delight in Some Sundowners or Party into the Wee Hours at Samoa’s Bars

That’s right, Samoa does have a vibrant bar and nightclub scene, not only in Apia but even on the more “traditional” island of Savai’i! Relax with happy hour cocktails and local Taula or Vailima beer at one of the beach fale or resort bars. Learn everything you need to know about the island’s night scene in The Ultimate Guide to Samoa Nightlife + Happy Hour List.

Location: All over Samoa! See the link above or the 10 Best Bars in Samoa for recommended bars and their locations.

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100. See it All on a Guided Island Tour

By this point in our list of the best things to do in Samoa, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the number of experiences the islands have to offer. If you are, then make things easier on yourself by joining a guided island tour. Not only do most resorts offer this, but there are also a number of tour companies eager to show you their backyard paradise. Compare them with the 10 Best Day Tours of Samoa.

Location: All over Samoa! Accommodation or cruise ship pick-ups are usually included.

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101. Attend a Sunday Church Service (and Experience a Sunday To’onai)

Wrapping up this list of the 101 best things to do in Samoa like wrapping up your average week here, how about attending a local Sunday church service? Even if you’re not religious, anyone can appreciate the breathtaking melodies of Samoa’s church choirs. After church, you may even get invited to a to’onai, a traditional Sunday lunch. For more ways to spend your Sunday, check out the 10 Things to Do in Samoa on a Sunday.

Location: All over Samoa! Check out churches to attend in the 10 Best Churches in Samoa to Experience as a Visitor.

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More About the Best Things to Do in Samoa

Wow, you made it this far! Good job, you! Now all you need is a way to tie, not all, but many of these best things to do in Samoa together. These itineraries of Samoa should help:

Finally, if there’s anything you’re missing from your Samoa holiday plan then you’re likely to find it in The Best Samoa Travel Guide: Plan a Trip to Samoa the EASY Way.

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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