Samoa Weather in October 🌞
Samoa Weather in October 🌞

Samoa Weather in October 🌞

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What is the Weather Like in Samoa in October?

Who wouldn’t want to visit Samoa in October? With warm temperatures, a refreshing island breeze to ease the humidity and mostly sunny days, October is often considered one of the best months to visit Samoa. Not only is the weather typically ideal for a tropical holiday, but October is also one of the tourist shoulder seasons in Samoa. You’ll find the islands less “crowded” than in the previous months (not that Samoa ever feels crowded), as well as accommodation and flight prices being a lot more favourable. So pack the sunglasses, hop on a plane and land in sunny Samoa during October for the ultimate island getaway! Check out the Samoa weather in October information guide below.

Before we jump into this weather guide for October, be sure to bookmark Samoa Weather, Seasons & Climate + Samoa Weather by Month, as well as The Best Time to Visit Samoa: A Month-by-Month Guide for more advice.

5 Tips for Visiting Samoa in October

  1. In October, it’s the tourist shoulder season. As such, you will have more flexibility when it comes to booking your trip last minute. We recommend booking your trip one to two weeks in advance (at the latest), with the exception of beach fales which are usually easier to organise over the phone once you arrive in Samoa
  2. On the Monday after the second Sunday in October, Samoa celebrates White Sunday, a national public holiday. Note that some businesses are closed on this day but natural attractions are usually open
  3. Another event to look out for is the palolo season. On the seventh day after the full moon in October, join the locals for beach parties in the best palolo fishing spots
  4. The UV levels are back at their maximum in Samoa in October, so be sunscreen-ready at all times
  5. The rainfall starts to increase toward the end of October, so time your trip earlier if you want to avoid it.
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Typical Temperatures in October

Temperatures remain at their constant tropical highs averaging at 29°C / 84°F, while evenings begin to warm up slightly for the transition between winter and summer at a comfortable average of 24°C / 75°F. Humidity remains high too, which certainly feels like a warm tropical hug. Sea temperatures are at their coolest of the year but, again, they are only marginally cooler than summer – still totally swimmable!

Temperatures Across Samoa

  • Apia, Upolu – The average maximum temperature is 29°C / 84°F and the minimum average temperature is 24°C / 75°F
  • Lalomanu, Upolu – The average maximum temperature is 29°C / 84°F and the minimum average temperature is 23°C / 73°F
  • Salelologa, Savai’i – The average maximum temperature is 29°C / 84°F and the minimum average temperature is 24°C / 75°F
  • Fagamalo, Savai’i – The average maximum temperature is 29°C / 84°F and the minimum average temperature is 24°C / 75°F.

Sea Temperature in October

Samoa has warm sea temperatures throughout the year, and October is no exception with sea temperatures averaging at 28°C / 82°F.

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Hours of Sun in October

Samoa keeps its constant of long and mostly sunny days. The country experiences 12 hours of daylight each day. What’s more, visitors will experience plenty of sun with an average of 7 bright sunshine hours each day. On the other hand, this is one hour less than in September. All in all, this October’s sunshine hours certainly meet the requirement of most visitors.

UV Levels During October

October’s UV levels are back up to extremes, making it essential to protect yourself from the sun. The UV level in October is typically 11+ UV index around midday. For advice on what sunscreen to wear, that’s safe for you and the reefs, see The Best Sunscreens for Samoa + Sun Protection Tips.

Sunrise and Sunset During October

October has daylight hours lasting about 11 hours a day in Samoa.

  • Sunrise: 07.11 am at the beginning of October and 6.53 am at the end of October
  • Sunset: 7.23 pm at the beginning of October and 7.28 pm at the end of October.
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Rainfall in October

The wet season might be looming but Samoa experiences only a few rain days in October – an average of 5 rain days throughout the month! Although these showers typically occur at night, you could still get caught in an extremely heavy tropical downpour. If you’re unlucky, check out the 20 Things to Do in Samoa on a Rainy Day should you want to stay out of the rain.

Samoa receives an average of 257 mm / 10.1″ of rainfall in the month of October, with around 5 days of the month experiencing rain.

Average Rainfall Across Samoa

  • Apia, Upolu – The average rainfall in October is 257 mm / 10.1″
  • Lalomanu, Upolu – The average rainfall in October is 245 mm / 9.6″
  • Salelologa, Savai’i – The average rainfall in October is 260 mm / 10.2″
  • Fagamalo, Savai’i – The average rainfall in October is 260 mm / 10.2″.
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Tropical Storms in October

The South Pacific cyclone season starts in November and ends in April. As such, October is one of the better months to avoid tropical cyclones in Samoa with a very low risk of tropical storms developing.

Other months that have a low risk of tropical storms in Samoa include June, July, August and September. Find out more about tropical storms in our guide, Cyclone Safety in Samoa.

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The Best Places to Visit in Samoa in October

October is a good time to visit either one of the islands of Samoa thanks to the lower tourist numbers, generally better travel deals and idyllic weather. While we list both of the destinations in Samoa in The Best Islands to Visit in Samoa for inspiration, here’s a quick overview:

Upolu – Upolu is the most popular island to visit in Samoa yet a little quieter in May before the high season really kicks in. Take advantage of its well-developed tourism scene, such as resorts, tours and activities. Showers are often short and sweet in May, so shouldn’t put too much of a damper on your travel plans. Find out more about what Upolu is all about in the 50 Best Things to Do on Upolu.

Savai’i – For South Seas tranquillity, opt for Samoa’s less-visited island. Discover historical sites reclaimed by jungles and lava, experience a more traditional slice of life through an array of authentic cultural experiences, and hop from one waterfall to the next. In addition, if you time your trip with the palolo season, Savai’i tends to have better access to the reefs to experience the phenomenon. See what Savai’i is all about in the 50 Best Things to Do on Savai’i.

Or better yet, visit them both! Check out our The Best Samoa Itineraries for 2 Week / 14 Days and The Best Samoa Itineraries for 10 Days, which gives you plenty of ideas to make the most of both islands.

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October Packing List for Samoa

Be prepared for Samoa in October by packing these few seasonal essentials:

  • Light clothing layers for the day (preferably linen, bamboo or merino so it is super light – we like the sustainable bamboo clothing of Moso Morrow)
  • Light long-sleeved tops (to cover from sun and mosquitoes)
  • Light pants/trousers/skirt (to cover the knees when appropriate – villages or church services or to protect from mosquitoes when hiking, for example)
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Rash vest (we like the UV-protecting Sharkskin rashies)
  • Closed walking shoes
  • Flip-flops/jandals/sandals
  • Sarong (lavalava – you can always buy one once you arrive in Samoa at The Best Places to Buy Souvenirs)
  • Insect repellent
  • High-factor sunscreen (that’s reef-safe and water-resistant).

Get more ideas on what to pack with our guide, What to Pack for Samoa: FULL Samoa Packing List.

More About the Weather in Samoa in October

That’s it for our complete guide to the weather and climate in Samoa in October. Check out the following articles for more weather advice:

Finally, enjoy a comprehensive guide to planning a trip to Samoa in The Best Samoa Travel Guide: Plan a Trip to Samoa the EASY Way.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Samoa Tourism Authority, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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