ATV, Quad Bike Tours, Mountain Biking and How to Get Off-Road in Samoa
White sands and turquoise lagoons tend to steal all of the limelight of a Samoa getaway but within the islands’ rugged interiors hide some epic off-road adventures. Admittedly, there’s only one 4WD/ATV tour, but this guide to off-road tours in Samoa will show you some awesome alternatives between mountain biking tours and guided hikes through Samoa’s bush-clad mountains.
4 Ways to Experience “Off-Roading” in Samoa
- Quad biking tours with Wolfpac ATV Tours
- Mountain biking with Outdoor Samoa
- Guided hikes with Lalotalie ECAT Ventures and others
- Renting a 4WD and hitting Samoa’s 4WD access roads.
ATV and Quad Biking Tours
When it comes to true off-roading tours in Samoa, this is it: Wolfpac ATV Tours!
Jump on an ATV quad bike and discover a part of Upolu that very few visitors get to see. No experience is needed, just a driver’s license, as you’ll get instruction and time to practice before setting off along the roads and dirt tracks of Samoa’s backcountry. Then, it’s a 3-hour excursion through lush inland plantations and picturesque bushland!
The tour takes place rain or shine. Make sure you lather up with sunscreen or cover up if it’s sunny. Otherwise, it’s arguably an even more epic time when it’s wet!
Note that this tour isn’t about getting insane speed or doing insane stunts; it’s more about having a transport means for going through some exciting inland terrain.
Wolfpac ATV Tours’ Location
Take the inland road signposted with the Wolfpac sign along Main West Coast Road in Leauva’a village. Wolfpac ATV Tours is approximately 200 m (219 yards) down this road.
Mountain Biking and E-Bike Tours
Another way to go off-road in Samoa is on a mountain biking or e-bike tour. Much like Wolfpac ATV Tours, guided mountain biking tours with Outdoor Samoa allows you to soak in the sights and sounds of village life and discover what Upolu looks like inland.
Outdoor Samoa’s off-road mountain biking tour is the “Forest Mountain Bike” option of their “Giant Clams Ride”, taking you on some 14 km (8.7 mi) of dirt trails through forest and plantations. Make it a real challenge on their standard mountain bikes or opt for some peddle assistance with their high-quality e-bikes.
The finale is arriving at the Savaia Giant Clam Sanctuary for a refreshing swim among mesmerising giant fluorescent molluscs. Learn more about the snorkelling hotspot in The Best Snorkelling in Samoa: Top 10 Places to Snorkel. You can either bring your own snorkelling gear or hire some from Outdoor Samoa.
Outdoor Samoa’s Location
Outdoor Samoa’s base is located along the Main West Coast Road in the village of Malifanua (just south of the ferry terminal). Learn more about cycling with them, including day and multi-day options, in The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Samoa.
By this point, you may think that we’re grasping at straws when it comes to off-road tours in Samoa, but hiking is one of the rare yet legitimate ways to get off the beaten track in Samoa.
Although we list a few self-guided hiking trails in the 15 Best Walks & Hikes in Samoa, there are several guided options to take you on the harder-to-follow trails to get to those harder-to-reach places. Try the epic multi-day adventure of hiking up Mt Silisili on Savai’i or join Olsen and the local boys from Lalotalie ECAT Ventures who will gladly take you through the epic gorge of the Falease’ela River with each waterfall getting more grandiose than the next!
Learn more about getting off-road with guided hiking tours in the 10 Best Guided Walks in Samoa.
Samoa’s 4WD Access Roads
That’s right, even getting to some of Samoa’s epic attractions requires a bit of an off-roading adventure. It’s worth looking into 4WD and/or high-clearance rental vehicles to access some of Samoa’s highlights like Aganoa Black Sand Beach, the O Le Pupu-Pue National Park Coastal Walk and even the Alofaaga Blowholes in Savai’i!
Get more tips for hiring a vehicle in What You Need to Hire a Car in Samoa.
More About Off-Road Tours in Samoa
That’s it for our guide to off-road tours in Samoa. For more Samoan adventures, take a look at the following guides:
- 10 Best Adventure Tours in Samoa
- The 9 Less-Travelled Islands of Samoa
- 10 Most Unique Things to Do in Samoa
Finally, complete your must-do list for Samoa with the help of our whopping 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa!