There are endless things to do in Samoa. If beach-lounging isn't really your thing, there are plenty of activities to get stuck into. Venture to the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve to snorkel amongst multicoloured tropical fish and coral crevices. Or travel to Mount Matavanu Crater and discover an extinct volcano that once did much harm to the island. For a taste of history, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum offers you the opportunity to wander through the manicured grounds and lavish rooms of the famous author.
Located in the Lotofaga Village, the To Sua Ocean Trench is easily one of Samoa’s most beautiful sites. To Sua, which translates to 'big hole', is an apt name for this natural attraction, which features a large swimming area well below its entry point by a small cliff. Visitors come down through a long ladder, which leads you to the swimming area’s cool seawater. Parts of the trench go down as deep as 30 metres, and it connects directly to the ocean through an underground rock tunnel. This attraction is also surrounded by lush gardens and plant life, adding to its already spectacular views from the top.
The Falealupo Canopy Walk is one of the highlights of the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve, which can be found on the north western part of Savaii Island. The canopy walkway suspends you as high as 40 metres in the air, putting you at level with many treetops in the rainforest. Climb and walk around its famous giant Banyan tree, admire the surrounding greenery from a bird’s-eye view, and enjoy the lovely views atop its platforms and walkways.
As the site where legendary author Robert Louis Stevenson spent the last five years of his life, this homestead-turned-museum is a must-see attraction, especially if you’re a literary or history buff. Famous for his novels like Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson was known among the locals as Tusitala, or Teller of Tales. The museum’s 40-minute tour of the mansion is well worth the visit, showing you many of the author’s personal possessions as well as his library where he wrote 14 books in four years. Outside the museum, you can also visit Mt. Vaea, where the author’s grave can be found.
Found in the village of Taga on the southern side of Savaii, the Alofaaga Blowholes are a natural wonder that you have to see up close to really appreciate. These blowholes shoot water up almost a hundred feet into the air, creating a spectacle for those watching on the side. One popular activity involves locals throwing coconuts into the blowholes and watching the coconuts blasting through the air. These blowholes are a simple yet undeniably amazing attraction that always delights those who come and see it.
For a comprehensive and in-depth experience of Samoan culture, spend at least a few hours at the Samoa Cultural Village. This informative site gives you a detailed snapshot of Samoa’s rich history and traditions. Enjoy cultural shows, lively demonstrations and interactive presentations that give you a better understanding of Samoa’s traditional way of life. Entry to the village is free, so you can visit as many times as you like.