Samoa is a stunning island in the South Pacific where nothing happens fast and you wouldn’t want it any other way. Sleep in a thatched hut, feast on exotic treats, absorb the rich local culture and escape the rush of everyday life on this remote island getaway. Samoa provides a gorgeous backdrop for travellers who aren’t afraid to stray off the beaten path. Unlike its Polynesian neighbours Fiji and Tahiti, Samoa has remained largely underdeveloped and free from large-scale resorts dominating the landscape. While there are a few mid-sized resorts, they are not the norm. Most accommodation consists of locally owned beachfront fales, wall-less beach huts that allow you to feel the ocean breeze as you sleep. The two main Samoan islands are Savai’i and Upolu; other tiny islands speckle the coastlines.
Fly into Faleolo Airport on the outskirts of the capital Apia, and pre-booked Samoan airport transfer will escort you to your beachside accommodation.
The beaches that line the islands are so pristine you will think they have been digitally enhanced. A few beaches you will want to seek out are, Lalomanu on Upolu and Manase on Savai’i. There are also jaw-dropping beaches located on the smaller islands of Namua and Manono with their own fale lodging. Wonderful dive and snorkel spots are easily accessible and are home to vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life.
Beyond the beaches, Samoa offers a variety of outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the most breath-taking surroundings. Hike you way past rushing waterfalls and dense jungle in the O le Pupu Pu’e National Park or the Falealupo Rainforest Reserve. Take a refreshing dip in the natural pool beneath the Afu Aua Waterfall on Savai’i. It’s a serene swimming hole the whole family will enjoy. One of the most famous natural features in Samoa is the Sua Ocean Trench on southern end of Upolu. Not actually a trench at all but a natural swimming pool carved out of a lava field with crystal clear turquoise waters. Swimming in the Sua Ocean Trench is definitely deserving of any bucket list. There are so many caves, waterfalls, tropical forests, blowholes and lava fields to explore. Whether you came here as an outdoor enthusiast or not, you will most certainly leave here as one.
"I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move," wise words by the great British author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson moved his family to Samoa and lived outside of Apia during his final years. His old property has been converted into an informative museum and botanical gardens in his memory. The lush homestead is a lovely place to spend an afternoon strolling along on the forty-minute guided tour.
Attend a Fiafia Night and experience Samoan culture at its best. These cultural showcases include a traditional buffet and entertainment. Samoan men and women keep their 3,000-year history alive through time-honored dances such as the Siva dance and the exciting fire knife dance.
Samoa might fly under the radar for many travellers, but those who holiday here will have their hearts stolen by these radiant islands. Between the balmy year round temperatures, friendly locals and awe-inspiring tropical vistas, there is a lot to love. Pre-book your Samoa airport transfers with hoppa and we will ensure you glide seamlessly into holiday mode, without a care in the world.