Still deciding on your next holiday destination! Fiji? Cook Islands? Vanuatu? Whitsundays? Have you considered a Samoa holiday? These top 10 things to do might just have you signed, sealed and flying over for a Beautiful Samoa holiday. The ultimate guide to what to do in Samoa below;
1 - To Sua Ocean Trench
Whether you’re a swimmer or a spectator, To Sua Ocean Trench is the number one place to visit. The trench was formed after a volcano erupted some thousand years ago which caused the ground to fall away leaving the beautiful trench that is there today. Known has the most magical natural swimming pools in the world, you can jump from the top or climb down the wooden stairs to go for a swim. The swimming hole is connected to the Ocean by several canals ensuring it will never go dry, if you’re feeling adventurous you can swim out to the beach on the other side in low tide. Surrounding the trench is a beautiful landscaped garden and the south coastline of Upolu with white sand beaches and coral reefs (we suggest you pack your snorkels).
2 - A Trip to Lalomanu Beach
Take a day trip to Lalomanu Beach, regularly voted in as one of the top 5 beaches in the Pacific and featured in the movie Return to Paradise. Enjoy a beach experience only on offer in the South Pacific and rent out a beach fale for your trip. Bonus points: the drive there from Taumeasina Island Resort is through the beautiful scenic Samoan mountains, enjoy breathtaking views on your way there.
3 - Explore The Reefs off Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort is the only hotel in Apia to offer Snorkel gear, kayak’s and catamaran’s free to use during your stay. Just off our back beach is a picture perfect coral reef to explore – you will be surprised by how far you can swim out. Why not jump on a catamaran and make your way over to the famous Palolo Deep Marine Reserve located next to Taumeasina Island Resort.
4 - Cooking Classes
Learn how the locals cook! There’s a reason why Samoan’s love their food. Join in a cooking class using organic ingredients sourced in Samoa. Bonus points, you get to eat too. Classes are held weekly on the resort, but can also be arranged on request at a time that suits your group!
5 - Get A Cultural Experience
Visit Samoa’s Cultural Village. At the Cultural Village you can experience traditional Samoan delicacies, entertainment and cultural practices including traditional tattooing with bamboo, tortoiseshell and a mallet, local dance performances, taste testing of local produce and much more. Opened 3 days a week for all tourists to visit free of charge.
6 - Mount Vaea and Robert Luis Stevenson Museum
A short hike up Mount Vaea will offer you picturesque views of Samoa with the top offering 360 degree views of Upolu and the Pacific Ocean. If you are a fan of the famous novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, then you should not miss a visit and tour of the former home and gardens of "Villa Vailima" is during your hike of Mount Vaea.
7 - The Famous Apia Flea Markets
Like to take a souvenir or two home for memorabilia? Along the waterfront, packed with small stalls run by families and villages, you will find handicrafts, souvenirs and local fashions at the Apia Markets. There is also a daily produce market where the local villages bring their home grown fruit and vegetable down each day to sell. This is where the true Fresh Food People shop.
8 - Fia Fia Night
Samoa’s famous fia fia evening is a night to remember when holidaying in Samoa. Watch this traditional Polynesian dance performed by professional locals at Taumeasina Island Resort every Saturday. The evening is filled with food, dancing, song and the famous knife-fire dance where the men perform using a large knife with burning flames at either end is twirled around their necks, through their legs, under their arms and over their bodies to the rhythmic beat of the music.
9 - Relax
Remember to take time to wind down during your holiday! Taumeasina Island Resort makes this easy as possible. With 30 degree Celsius days and water temperature 25 degrees Celsius all year round, lounge around on sun chairs by the resort pools or take a dip in our private beaches. Feeling like treating yourself? Book yourself in at Fofo Spa for some blissful R&R time. Don’t forget that happy hour is between 5pm to 7pm with cocktails for only 10 Tala to help you relax.
10 - Waterfalls
Samoa is blessed with many beautiful freshwater waterfalls and it is the perfect way to cool off in the South Pacific Heat. All of these waterfalls are safe for swimming. Some accessible via car others a trek through the rainforest. You will feel completely alone at most of the waterfall with few tourists and locals around.