The island paradise of Samoa, nestled in the heart of Polynesia, is not only home to friendly and relaxed locals, amazingly fresh seafood and the Fa’a Samoa (or the Samoan Way), but also boasts breathtaking natural wonders. Relax at pristine beaches, wander through lush rainforests, enjoy a natural shower under one of the sparkling waterfalls or marvel at the powerful blowholes. Samoa will enchant you with its beauty and reward you with more than one perfect holiday shot. Both, Upolu, home to the capital of Apia, and Savai’i, the “Big Island”, share a wealth of magical places between them, and we have selected our Top 10 spots that can’t be missed.
- To Sua Ocean Trench - This iconic Samoan landmark is a giant iridescent swimming hole consisting of two cavities - one filled with sea water, the other without - connected through a lava tube cave. Formed during an ancient volcano eruption the “pool”, about 30m deep, can only be reached by means of a ladder or a jump for the brave and fearless under you.
- Papase’ea Sliding Rocks - Located at Seesee in the Faleata District, these natural waterslide formations offer a great and fun way to cool off on a hot day. This is a great treat for adults and children alike.
- Lalomanu Beach – This picture-perfect, white sand beach is not only a magnificent sight in itself, but also offers breathtaking views to the outer islands.
- Piula Cave Pool – Located approx. 45 minutes from Apia this natural and crystal clear freshwater pool builds a fantastic contrast to the dark lava tube cave it is connected to.
- Saleaula Lava Field – In 1905 the dramatic eruption of Mt Matavanu led to the demise of five villages. Buried by the molten lava the fields today display a haunting beauty and inspire an eerie mood. Visit the Virgin’s Grave and the carcasses of churches left behind in the wake of this destructive force.
- Alofaaga Blowholes – This wondrous, natural display can be found in the village of Taga on South-West Savai’i. Watch the forces of the ocean at play when the waves are pushed through the holes and the pressure creates cascades of water that rise hundreds of feet into the blue sky of Samoa. Definitely a spectacle that cannot be missed!
- Namu’a Island – This tiny island just off the South-Eastern tip of Upolu is the place to be to encounter turtles in their natural habitat.
- Togitogiga Waterfall – Venture to the village of Saleilua, situated only a few miles away from the O Le Pupu Pue National Park, to marvel at the cascading waterfalls separated by refreshing swimming holes that invite you to take a dip on a hot day.
- Le Mafa Pass Scenic Drive and Look-Out – Climb into your rental car and go on a little adventure into the “belly” of Upolu. This stunning scenic drive from the northern through to the southern coast leads you through a fantastic looking valley guarded by steep mountain ridges. Enjoy the views of the mountain region and the ocean from the many vantage points along the way.
- Return to Paradise Beach – This beach came to fame in 1952 when Gary Cooper starred in the movie of the same name “Return to Paradise”. Today it is home to a resort proudly wearing the name that marks this little slice of heaven.
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