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Stay in a beach fale in Samoa

Must Do's in Samoa

01 Jul 2021 Travel Tips

Words courtesy of Bedsonline and Samoa Tourism Authority.

Here are our top five unmissable and absolute must dos for you to include so that your holiday to Samoa is unforgettable!

To Sua Ocean Trench

This is Samoa’s number one absolute must do. Situated on the south coast of Upolu, it’s a geographical marvel that has to be seen to be believed. The world-famous natural formation creates a spectacular 30-metre deep swimming hole. The hole was formed by a cave in of an ancient lava tube system that connects to the ocean, and thousands of years of erosion have made it into the beautiful spot it is now.

To Sua Ocean Trench


Waterfalls are a matter of pride in beautiful Samoa. On Upolu visit Papapapaitai Waterfalls, Sopo’aga Falls and Togitogiga. The Papapapaitai viewing spot sits just a few steps off the Cross Island Road and the impressively tall fall is a sight to behold. The Sopo’aga viewpoint is similarly easy to access off the Main South Coast Road and is probably the prettiest waterfall - it’s majestic in its dense jungle scene. Also on Upolu, Papase’ea sliding rocks is a waterfall with a difference - have a blast sliding down these naturally formed rock slides, worn smooth(ish) by thousands of years of running water.

Sopoaga Waterfalls in Upolo

Stay in a fale

Staying in a fale is a special way to experience fa’a-Samoa - the Samoan way of life - as Samoans have for thousands of years. This relaxed and laid-back style of accommodation gets you as close to the ocean as is possible and means the soundtrack to your sleep is the of crashing waves on the shore. Most fales have a domed, thatched roof held up with wooden poles, and no permanent walls with rolldown blinds instead.

Samoan beach fale


These impressive blowholes are a major treat to see in real life. Situated in the village of Taga on south-west Savai'i the blowholes propel a roaring jet of water hundreds of feet up into the air. The blowholes have been created by lava flows making a series of tubes connecting a flat clifftop of lava rock with the ocean below. Waves break against the lower end of the tubes sending water at high pressure up through the tubes making fountains that spray every few seconds.

Alofaaga blowholes in south-west Savai'i


An excellent way to see Samoa going about its business is by visiting Apia’s markets and food spots. Head to Fugalei Markets for an array of fresh fruit and vegetables. You’ll find everything from bananas to taro, as well as cooked Samoan food and icy cold niu (coconut) to sip while you explore. At the outdoor Apia Fish Market next to the Old Flea Market on Fugalei Street, the daily catch brought in fresh from the sea by local fishermen is available from the early morning.

Bananas at Apia's Fugalei Markets

When you're ready to start planning a holiday to Samoa, get in touch with your local Travellers Choice agent to book a getaway to remember.

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