Hiking in Samoa
Hiking is excellent in the coastal rainforest of O Le Pupu-Pue National Park, where you can walk through the rainforest to the Togitogiga Falls, and inland to Peapea Cave, an old lava tube. Guides are recommended as trails can be easily lost. The walk out to Lake Lanotoo National Park, Samoa’s largest lake, is also worthwhile. You’ll need good walking shoes and water, and a guide is advisable. The rainforest of Mount Vaea Scenic Reserve has some scenic trails – you can climb to the summit for stunning views over Apia Harbour. Other options include the walk to Le Fale O Le Fee, an archaeological site at the end of Faipule Road, the coastal route from Falefa Falls to Fagaloa Bay, Amaile to Tafaga Beach on the north-east coast, and the coastal walk from Anapu to Lefaga at the south-western end of Upolu. Several walks extend from the pretty village of Uafato on the north-east through the rainforest of Uafato Conservation Area. Visitors can also join off-track walks and tours with local operators and guides.
There are plenty of good trails on Savaii, with its lush rainforest, volcanoes and rugged coast, although using a local guide is recommended. The Tafua Peninsula is a good area to explore, with its lava fields and beautiful rainforest walks at the Tafua Rainforest Preserve. The hike around the Tafua volcano rim takes about an hour from the base. The 1200 hectare Falealupo Rainforest Preserve has a scenic tree-top boardwalk and several walking trails, and there are shorter walks in the south to the Olemoe Falls and the Pulemelei Mound. Other good areas for walking include the Falealupo Road to Cape Puava, from Sasina to Letui on the north coast, and the Satoalepai wetlands, also on the north coast. The dramatic coastline around Cape Mulinu’u is also worth exploring, with its sea arches, cliffs and peaceful, secluded beaches.
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