Travelling to a new destination can be daunting when trying to come up with the perfect itinerary. Wherever you go in Samoa, you are guaranteed natural beauty, colourful landscapes and warm, friendly faces. It’s hard to pick a favourite spot in this beautiful country but the south coast is definitely at the top of my list. Read on to find out why.
See the day to day life of Samoa
After flying into Apia on the northern side of Upolu, we collected our rental vehicle with ease and took off along the coastal road. The first thing to hit me is how super green and lush the vegetation is in Samoa. Driving is easy here, very chilled and everyone goes at their own pace. You can’t help but slow down to take in all the villages along the way. Filled with the most colourful homes and fales it would have to be one of the most vibrant countries in the world. Churches abound and the children are all outside playing football, soccer or volleyball with no TV’s or screens in sight. My heart quickly fills with love witnessing the simplicity and relaxed nature of beautiful Samoa.
Saletoga Sands Resort and Spa
After driving for about 1.5 hours we arrive at our first destination Saletoga Sands Resort and Spa. Greeted by a number of friendly cats and an airy open reception we check in to our adults only Exclusive Villa. Boasting high ceilings and the dreamiest outdoor shower - we are loving it here! Showering under the stars and moonlight is addictive so be warned! We make the most of the relaxed atmosphere and spend time swimming in the crystal clear ocean, enjoying a drink at sunset on the beach, dinner in the resort restaurant and more swims in the lagoon style pool. Other guests are kayaking, hiring the scooters to go sightseeing and enjoying drinks at the swim up bar too.
To Sua Trench
A short 6 minute drive has us arriving at the famous To Sua Trench. This is on the main south coast road and very easy to find. To-Sua means ‘giant swimming hole’ and this natural beauty does not disappoint. As you approach the picket fence you are distracted by the ocean view ahead but once you peer over the fence it is a definite ‘wow’ moment. Access is fairly easy for mobile visitors with a short descent down about 25 steps to a platform allowing easy entry to the swimming hole. There is a cave that leads out to the ocean but this is only recommended for skilled divers. For the most peaceful, tranquil swim in crystal clear waters this is a must do when in Samoa. To Sua Trench is run by a local family so there is an entrance fee but you can stay as long as you wish. Just remember if you plan to visit on a Sunday it won’t open until 12 noon to allow the families to attend church.
Driving a further 20 minutes along the coastal road, we arrive at Lalomanu Beach which is very close to the most eastern point on Upolu island. This spot would have to be one of my most favourite! Picturesque white, sandy beach lined with colourful beach fales and delivering the most spectacular clear water with views to smaller, nearby islands. The Taufua Beach Fales are built in the traditional Samoan style of housing with a thatched roof on wooden posts with an elevated floor. There are no walls unless you want them! Woven mats are provided as floor cover with a mattress, sheets, pillows and a mosquito net for overnight stays. This is the perfect spot to snorkel, kayak, read a book, sip a cold beer and relax on one of the top 10 Beach Destinations of the World as voted by Lonely Planet. Do yourself a favour and experience a beach fale stay when you visit Samoa!
Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa
After the most magical day exploring some of the southern coastal road in Upolu we checked into Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa for a couple of nights. Offering the only overwater fales in Samoa, of course we had to experience them! What an absolute treat. This resort is the epitome of luxury and romance in the most stunning location. The fales are situated to maximise amazing views of the beach, lagoon and ocean delivering breath-taking sunsets. They are large and airy with the most amazing bathrooms. A sunken tub, waterfall shower with glass panels to see through to the local fish below. Coconuts Beach Club Resort & spa exceeded our expectations and we can’t wait to return to this tropical paradise.
Our time in Samoa was spent swimming, dining on the beach, chasing waterfalls, chatting to the friendly locals, dining on the beach, enjoying the natural beauty and watching the sunrise and sunset at every chance. Time really does slow down here and reminds us of the true joy in simple pleasures and the magic of the Samoan way.
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