3-Day Honeymoon/Romantic Trip to Samoa
What better backdrop for romance than the white sands, verdant rainforests and numerous hidden swimming holes of Samoa? And with three days to enjoy it, you’re in for a treat, even if it’s hardly enough time to truly experience Samoa (we highly recommend rethinking your trip until you have more time). Nevertheless, whether you’re seeking an idyllic start to the rest of your lives together or simply a couples’ getaway with elevated romance, this Samoa honeymoon and romance itinerary for three days is sure to inspire the perfect romantic retreat. You have two contrasting but exceptionally beautiful destinations included in this itinerary: the greater island of Upolu with its natural wonders and the cosmopolitan Polynesian capital of Apia.
While you’re here, don’t forget to explore The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Samoa; the couples’ bible to the islands!
Overview: Samoa Honeymoon and Romance Weekend (3-Day) Itinerary
- Day 1 – Arrival in Samoa + Upolu West Coast Road Trip
- Day 2 – Free Day on Upolu or South Coast Road Trip
- Day 3 – Explore Apia + Departure.
How to Get Around Samoa in 3 Days
This Samoa honeymoon and romance itinerary for three days includes travel to various destinations on Samoa’s main island, Upolu. Here’s a quick rundown on how to get around Samoa in a weekend.
Road Transport in Samoa
Upon arrival in Samoa, get your rental car delivered to the airport for the most streamlined way to handle this itinerary. Check out our advice on car hire from What You Need to Hire a Car in Samoa. This itinerary can also be done through a mix of hiring private drivers, using taxis and joining sightseeing tours.
For all of your transport options across the islands, check out our Samoa Transport Guide: 14 Best Ways to Get Around Samoa.
Day 1 – Arrival in Samoa + Upolu West Coast Road Trip
Travel time: 1-2 hours drive (depending on south coast resorts stayed).
Arrival at Faleolo Airport
Welcome to Samoa and the start of your escape to paradise! After the arrivals process of going through customs and biosecurity, you’ll step outside of the arrivals area to where your car rental will be waiting. If you’re arriving on an early-morning/late-night flight, get some shut-eye at the nearby Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort or Le Vasa Resort.
Faleolo Airport to the South Coast
As it’s your first day in Samoa, start with its most relaxing road trip on the west coast as you make your way to some of Upolu’s most romantic resorts. Begin by following the Main West Coast Road as it rises over the cliffs about 200 m (656 ft) above sea level, checking out the wonderful lagoon vistas along the way.
You’ll descend into Lefaga Bay where, if you’re up for an adventure, Lalotalie ECAT Ventures can take you on an epic waterfall hike/canyoning trip in their glorious conservation area – learn more in the 10 Best Adventure Tours in Samoa.
If it’s high tide by the time you reach the village of Savaia in Lefaga Bay, don your snorkelling gear to swim with giant clams and perhaps even turtles at the Savaia Giant Clam Sanctuary – see The Best Snorkelling in Upolu for more information.
Your final destination today is your south coast resort, which could be located anywhere along the 37 km (23 mi) stretch between Maninoa and Saleapaga. As some of the most luxurious and romantic resorts in Samoa, it’s only fitting to spend three nights here.
Upolu South Coast Romantic Accommodations
- Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa (Maninoa)
- Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa (Maninoa)
- Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa (Matatufu)
- Seabreeze Resort (Aufaga)
- Aga Reef Resort (Saleapaga)
Find out more about these stays in the 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Upolu.
There are no dining options outside of the resorts (and Apia), as is common in Samoa. Therefore, we recommend Cocolini’s by the Sea of Le Vasa Resort as a memorable setting for South Pacific and Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Learn more about this eatery and others in the 10 Best Restaurants on Upolu.
Tonight, make things easy by dining at your chosen resort. We’ll go through some south coast dining recommendations tomorrow.
Day 2 – Free Day on Upolu or South Coast Road Trip
This honeymoon/romance itinerary is all about striking the right balance between adventure and relaxation together; so today is your time to unwind and revel in the beauty of your chosen romantic resort. Alternatively, if you want to see the sights before the weekend is over, you also have a road trip of the south coast as another option.
Relaxing Option: Romantic Activities on Upolu’s South Coast
- Treat yourselves to a relaxing couple’s massage at the spas of Coconuts Beach Club or Sinalei Reef Resort
- Discover Upolu’s romantic Coastal Walk
- Treat your loved one to a private dining experience at Sinalei Reef Resort or Seabreeze Resort
- Visit Samoa’s most romantic beaches, like Lalomanu or Vavau Beach
- Take a day trip to the uninhabited Namu’a Island.
Get more details on each experience and much more in the 20 Most Romantic Things to Do in Samoa.
Road Trip Option: Upolu South Coast Road Trip
Travel time: 1 hour 20 minutes – 2 hours drive (depending on resort stayed).
Starting from Maninoa, if you have a high-clearance vehicle, make your way down the unsealed road to the glorious Aganoa Black Sand Beach, one of the 10 Best Beaches in Samoa.
Back on the Main South Coast Road, continue east through O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park and again, if you have a high-clearance vehicle, head down the unsealed road to the 1-hour Coastal Walk to see its magnificent sea arches (otherwise, you can park at the main road car park and make it a 2-hour walk). Opposite the Coastal Walk turnoff is the Ma Tree walk which is a quick venture to a giant buttress tree.
After all that walking, you’ll no doubt need to cool off, which you can do at the Togitogiga Waterfall only a few hundred metres further along the Main South Coast Road.
As you continue east, hug the coast by taking Salani Road, perhaps stopping for lunch at Saletoga Sands Resort and then onto Lotofaga, home to the iconic To Sua Ocean Trench. If this 30 m (98 ft) sinkhole with its rung ladder somehow needs an introduction, you’ll find it in the Top 10 Sights in Samoa.
You have two more options for romantic beach destinations today; the secluded Vavau Beach with its lagoon islets or the long stretch of pristine sands at Lalomanu where you have multiple options also for an alternative lunch at its various beach fales. Enjoy your time in paradise together, only to return to your resort once you’re ready.
The great thing about the south coast resorts is that their restaurants are all open to guests and non-guests alike, so you don’t necessarily have to eat at your chosen resort for your whole stay.
For lunch or dinner, Ava I Toga Restaurant of the Sinalei Reef Resort is a must-do for fine dining on its over-the-water restaurant, boasting an array of creative cuisine for all diets. Alternatively, the Waterfront Restaurant and Bar at Seabreeze Resort turns comfort food into fine dining and is exclusively adults-only after 5 pm. Learn more about these restaurants and others in the 10 Best Restaurants on Upolu.
On the other hand, you could elevate your evening meal by treating your partner to one of Upolu’s private dining experiences. Choose a private decorated setting at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa or have a candlelit dinner with a personal waiting service on the deck of your luxury villa at Seabreeze Resort.
Day 3 – Explore Apia + Departure
Travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes – 2 hours drive (depending on resort stayed).
Depending on what time your flight departs (hopefully, it’s an evening flight), you should have a bit of time to experience Samoa’s capital along with its cultural activities, bustling markets and even some natural wonders.
The Road(s) to Apia
First, you’ll need to make your way to Apia, either via the Cross Island Road to see Papapapaitai Falls, the Baha’i Temple and the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, or via Le Mafa Pass to see Sopoaga Falls, Fuipisia Waterfall and the Piula Cave Pool. Find out more about all of these sights in the 50 Best Things to Do on Upolu.
Once you reach Apia, combine some of the highlights listed in the 25 Best Things to Do in Apia with some of the romantic experiences…
Romantic Activities in Apia
- Enjoy a romantic stroll through Friendship Park
- Take a picnic to the Vailima Botanical Garden
- Discover Apia’s most mesmerising snorkelling spot, Palolo Deep
- Treat your loved one to something special from Apia’s shops and markets
- Tackle the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks together.
Get more details on each experience in the 10 Most Romantic Things to Do in Apia.
Starting with cafes, it’s worth making the short venture out of Apia to Pacific Jewell and Garden Cafe. After perusing the local crafts and clothing hand-printed on-site, sit down among the lush tropical garden for a light bagel, tempting crepes or a more hearty all-day breakfast. There are a lot more cafes to choose from, so check out the 10 Best Cafes in Apia and Upolu for more recommendations.
Should you need evening dining options in Apia, Bistro Tatau Restaurant is a good go-to to impress with its speciality Asian cuisine, as well as European, Mediterranean and Australasia influences. The restaurant offers a relaxed yet sophisticated environment of slick tiled walls and tones inspired by Samoan skin tones and tatau (tattoo) ink. For more restaurants to try, check out the 10 Best Restaurants in Apia.
Departure from Faleolo Airport
After an exciting weekend in Samoa on a romantic getaway, it’s finally time to say goodbye to the islands.
Remember to arrive at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled departure so that you have enough time to check in, go through security and browse the retail offerings, as listed in The Guide to Shopping in Samoa + The Best Places to Shop.
For anything else you need to know about leaving Samoa, it’s all listed in our guide, Leaving Samoa: Departure Tips & Checklist.
And it’s “Tofa Soifua” from Samoa!
Alternative Samoa 3-Day Itineraries
Is this three-day honeymoon and romance itinerary for Samoa not quite speaking to you? How about checking out our alternative itineraries for three days/a weekend:
- Samoa Adults-Only Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Luxury Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Food Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Family Itinerary: 3 Days
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed from this Samoa honeymoon and romance itinerary, you’re likely to find it in The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Samoa.