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.
- Upolu Island
Upolu is home to Samoa’s capital Apia, and the former home of author Robert Louis Stevenson. Highlights include the sacred burial grounds at Mulinuu and the Papaseea Sliding Rocks.
Samoa is famous for its fine mats (toga). These are woven from strips of decorated bark cloth (known as siapo or tapa), which is harvested from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree.
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.
- Diving & Snorkelling
Samoa is blessed with a rich marine life. The surrounding reefs are home to some 900 fish species and more than 200 varieties of coral, and the warm clear waters provide excellent visibility.
A host of watersports includes swimming, sailing and windsurfing (many resorts hire out boats and boards).
There are plenty of fish for anglers and holidaymakers to enjoy, with blue and black marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, masi masi, dog tooth tuna and giant trevally available all year round. An experienced, professional charter fleet is based in the capital of Apia, and for more adventurous anglers, there are long range, live aboard charters to more remote locations. You can find out more information by visiting the Samoa International Game Fishing Association’s clubhouse and wharf in the eastern corner of Apia Harbour. For further information, visit www.fishing.ws or www.fishsamoa.com
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 – there are sunset and day cruises, plus night cruises for couples, groups and corporate functions. Or take a live aboard adventure where you can swim and snorkel, before sampling freshly caught seafood cooked on the ship barbecue.
- 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.
Most of Samoa's coastline is ringed with reefs, making it ideal for kayaking. Several adventure companies offer tours around the main islands and uninhabited offshore islands.
Between 1905 and 1911, the eruptions of Mount Matavanu buried a great deal of Savaii’s fertile land and today there are volcanic craters and old lava tubes to explore. The tubes are home to the native white-rumped swiftlet (Aerodramus Spodiopygius).
Biking is a great way to explore and there are good sealed roads on Upolu, plus several dirt tracks for mountain bike enthusiasts to tackle.
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