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Top Thing to Do in Samoa

Samoa is a truly fantastic place to visit, with lots to see and do. If you are the adventurous type, and have decided to book Samoa for your next holiday destination, and are wondering what to do in Samoa, here are some exciting and slightly more unusual activities to take part in on your trip.


Top Thing To Do In Samoa

Samoa is home to amazing sea life such as dolphins and hawkbill turtles Photo Credit: Tanoa Tusitala

Dive Savaii

One of the jewels in the crown of Samoa is that it is one of the few places in the world, where you have the opportunity to swim with turtles in their native environment. Whether you have been diving or snorkeling before, or this is your first time, the Dive Savaii team are first class. A friendly bunch, with a lot of knowledge and experience, they will ensure your safety at all times and while making certain that you end up with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Provided you enjoy spending time in the water, a visit to Dive Savaii is one of the best things to do in Samoa.

To Sua literally means “big hole with water coming out of it”. Boasting of lush greens and crystal-clear waters, it is no wonder why this remains as one of the famous places to explore in Samoa. Photo Credit: Travelinsider / Flickr

To Sua Ocean Trench

There are so many words that could be used to describe this trip, but the one that keeps being mentioned is stunning. Without doubt one of the most memorable Apia attractions, the Trench will provide you with photographs that will amaze your friends and family back home. And swimming in the crystal clear water is simply out of this world. The only negative thing to say is to be brave accessing the water; the steps are a little on the rickety side, let’s just leave it at that.

There is no better way to understand Samoan culture than through their food. They use local produce and fresh ingredients combined with traditional cooking. Coconut, for one, is very much part of Mea’ai Samoa. Photo Credit: Cherrie Mio Rhodes / Flickr


Part of any tourist trip should be the opportunity to experience the local culinary tastes and traditions, and Palusami is the ultimate destination. One of our favorite Samoa attractions, this unique location uses local produce to produce native Samoan dishes, or even some rather weird but strangely delicious combinations. Coconut beef stroganoff was one of the strangest combinations we ever saw. There is such a wide range of different food types and menu items to choose from; the hardest part is choosing what to have, as you are literally spoilt for choice. The problem is, with so many different things to do in Apia and such a limited amount of time, you have to make certain difficult decisions, Our advice for what it’s worth would be not to skip Palusami, it's both unique and delicious.

A tourist takes a photo with Alofaaga Blowholes (also known as Taga Blowholes) as a backdrop. Photo Credit: Neils Photography / Flickr

Alofaaga Blowholes

Blowholes are always a fascinating sight to behold, but in terms of things to do in Samoa, these blowholes are spectacular. The residents will even (for a small fee) place a coconut on top of one of the geysers, which demonstrates the force of the geyser when it shoots up. Make sure to have your camera fully charged, as this is another fantastic photographic opportunity.

Slide down these rocks barefeet into cool and refreshing waterholes. Photo Credit: Neils Photography / Flickr

Papase’ea Sliding Rocks

If you are traveling with a family, it can sometimes be a challenge to find something that all members of the family enjoy. These natural slides (in reality they are small waterfalls) provide a lot of fun for everyone. Obviously, ensure that there is sufficient water in the pools at the bottom before pushing yourself off, but this is fantastic fun, and the kids will probably want to come back more than once. With the longest slide being about 5 meters, your children will think that this is one of the coolest things to do in Apia, Samoa. As you can see Samoa is literally full of interesting opportunities for the tourist, and in many ways is one of the best-kept tourism secrets. If you have already booked your Samoan holiday, you are in for a treat, and if not then don’t delay, get your next holiday booked to Samoa and experience the trip of a lifetime.

Harper Reid is a freelance writer from New Zealand with great passion for food, travel, and adventure. See more of her work here.

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