Samoa's largest island is known for its traditional way of life, pristine scenery, spectacular blowholes and archaeological sites. A well paved road encircles the island.
Surfing is for experienced surfers only as waves break directly onto the coral reefs and currents are often very strong. There are several dedicated surf resorts and some challenging breaks to test your skills.
Samoa's islands are some of the most beautiful in the Pacific, with isolated coral keys, turquoise lagoons, long sandy beaches and towering cliffs rising from the deep blue sea. Cruising is an ideal way to enjoy the stunning scenery.
4: Lava caves
Don't miss these sights - the Mu Pagoa Waterfall, the Alofaaga Blowholes and the lava caves and lava fields near the village of Saleaula.
5: Fiafia Nights
A performance of traditional Samoan dancing and singing which usually includes a buffet dinner. Dancers are accompanied by drummers using a wooden mallet.
6: Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
The majestic and maginificent Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. A place where this famous Scottish poet and author fell in love. The Museum is perfectly restored back to its glorious day with some of the Author's work and family memorabilias.
7: Lake Lanoto'o
Also known as Goldfish Lake, Lake Lanoto'o is an eerie, pea green crater lake full of wild goldfish (and leeches). It's a great place for a swim, but a little spooky because of alternating warm and cold currents, and the fact that the bottom of the lake has never been found. Very few visitors ever see this lovely and unusual spot. During the German occupation of Samoa it was a popular picnicking spot. Cavalcades of parasol shaded young women were escorted to Lake Lanoto'o by German soldiers or courtly Europeans doing the wooing thing.
8: Papasee'a Sliding Rock
Kids and adults alike have a great time skimming down the waterfall into a cool rock pool at Papasee'a Sliding Rock. Competition for a seat at the top of the main 5m slide can be fierce, but there are also three smaller slides to enjoy. If you visit during the dry season, check that the water level in the pool is deep enough to be safe. The path down to the pool comprises a steep, slippery, 200 step stairway, so save some energy for the climb back up.
9: Lalomanu Beach
Lalomanu Beach on the southeastern tip of Upolu is one of Samoa's most pristine beaches; it has "come and unwind in paradise" written all over it. But it's not only made for basking in the sun on a stretch of endless white sand, cooling off in the blue lagoon or dozing off as a gentle breeze massages your skin.
Lalomanu is a particular treat for those who love the creatures of the ocean. The translucent lagoon, all the way along the south coast to Lotofaga, is a protected marine reserve, teeming with a magnitude of tropical fish species. You can observe them armed with a snorkel and flippers or a scuba tank.
10: Mt Silisili
Mt Silisili is located in the central region of Savaii with the Aopo being the closest village approximately 10 km to the north. The 2-3 day hike can be arranged with the pulenu'u of Aopo. All food and camping supplies should be provided by the tourists as well as expect to provide for the guide. Visitors wishing to get an early start on the hike may spend the night in the village and experience a glimpse of what it's like to live with a Samoan family and experience true Samoan hospitality.
11: Mu Pagoa Waterfall
A rare natural feature, this impressive waterfall drops straight into the surging sea. A vast open river flow stretches from underneath the Puleia bridge towards the sea. An excellent place for taking pictures and experiencing the local villagers as they engage in utilizing this natural resource for their everyday life activites. The name of the falls has strong historical significance to the village.The falls tumble about five meters into the sea, providing a very unique sight which can't be found anywhere else in the islands.
12: Afu Aau Falls
The Afu Aau Waterfall also known as Olemoe Falls, is a spectacular waterfall in south eastern Savaii plunges from the rainforest deep into a fresh water swimming pool. Access is on a dirt road which is maintained by the village and visitors can either take a 20 minute walk or drive right up to the pool. The entrance fees are only collected at the main entrance fale. The pool is very deep but it gets very shallow towards the outer rim. The fall eventually flows into three other smaller separate falls offering a truly enchanting experience for visitors. There is strictly no alcohol allowed at the pool area and the site is closed on Sundays.
13: Ma Tree Walk
A 700m walk through through the tropical rainforest of within the O le Pupu Pu'e National Park. At the end opf the walk you will encounter the amazing Ma Tree with it hugh buttress roots that extend out for meters in all directions. The walk can extended from the Ma Tree with another 1.4km walk to the togitogiga visitors center, though this trial isn't maintained making it extemely rough, it should only be attempted by the experienced hiker.
14: Baha'i House of Worship
One of only eight in the world, the Baha'i' House of Worship is a place of prayer and meditation open to peoples of all backgrounds. Since its dedication in 1984 it has received thousands of visitors from all points of the globe. With nine symmetrical sides and entrances, the distinctive architecture of the House of Worship embodies grace and beauty. Particularly striking is the main auditorium, with its majestic dome soaring 28 meters (92 feet) high and inset with converging lines of mirrored glass. The House of Worship rises out of 20 acres of carefully maintained prayer gardens, which are host to more than 60 species of flowers, plants, and trees all native to Samoa. Interspersed with footpaths and bridges, the gardens can be the scene for personal reflection, or simply a stroll through the natural beauty of Samoa.
15: Piula Cave Pool
Piula Cave Pool, also known as Fatumea Cave pool, is a remarkable and refreshing freshwater cave pool, located beneath an historic Methodist Church at the Piula Theological College, connects two caves via a small underwater entrance. An excellent place for family picnics. Closed on Sundays.
16: National Museum of Samoa
The museum was established in 1999 in an old German school building and is managed by the Culture division of MESC. Aside from a large collection of pictures at the entrance and stairway there are three rooms in the museum each with a different theme: culture, pacific, and environment. Tours can be provided upon request, creative workshops for children run weekly, and exhibitions are developed on a temporary basis. Entrance is free but a donation box is available for those wishing to contribute.
17: Vailima Botanical Gardens
The Vailima Botanical Garden encompasses about 12 ha (30a) and protects a variety of species native, introduced and naturalized representative of the flora of the archipelago and the Pacific basin. It is an excellent place for a day visit to relax and enjoy nature and its tranquilities.
18: Swimming with Turtles
This two type development is one of the unique settings that portray a conservation of turtles in a wide spacious water pool/site, uncommonly found and originated in comparison to other attraction sites. Owned and operated by the Matai'a family is the beautiful unique setting surrounding. Furthermore, affordable overnight accommodation with meals is available for visitors who prefer to spend the night. An entrance fee is also charged.
19: Tuasivi Ridge
Extending roughly from east to west across the crest of the island, this highland area is dominated by a maze of volcanic craters, many of them covered in dense, undisturbed forest. This area is also related to numerous Samoan myths and legends.
20: Paia Dwarfs Cave
This fascinating over a kiliometer long cave is found in the northern part of Savaii in the village of Paia, not far from Manase. Exploring the cave can take up an entire day and guide from the village of Paia is also strongly recommended and visitors should come prepared with good shoes, water and a torch. Access to the site is on a dirt road which is about 15 minutes drive from the village entrance.