Top 10 Samoan Tourist Attractions You Should Not Miss
Samoa is a beautiful country with a lot of tourist attractions. It is blessed with many waterfalls, caves, volcanoes, and other natural resources perfect for sightseeing. Here are some of the best attractions you can find in Samoa. Photo credit: Ethan Elisara
Samoa is a beautiful country with a lot of tourist attractions. It is blessed with many waterfalls, caves, volcanoes, and other natural resources perfect for sightseeing. Below are some of the best attractions you can find in Samoa.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
We all know mansions as the grand, majestic houses where rich people live. In Samoa, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum stands open to tourists who want to explore the insides of a mansion. Robert Louis Stevenson is a Scottish author whose mansion was once destroyed by a cyclone but was renovated and turned into the museums that we now see today.
O Le Pupu Pue National Park
O Le Pupu Pue is Samoa’s first national park. O Le Pupu Pue is a Samoan phrase that means “from the coast to the mountaintop.” Hiking through this park will lead you to Pe’ape’ a Cave where some pe’ ape’ a (swiftlet birds) live. You can also continue to the Ofa Waterfall, the Ma Tree Walk, or the O Le Pupu Lava Coast.
Falealupo Rainforest Preserve
In the northwestern region of Samoa, within the region of Savaii, is the Felealupo Rainforest Preserve. This area boasts of beautiful treetop canopies and a lot of different wildlife. They also have a hanging bridge that lets you walk over the beautiful treetop canopy.
PaPaseea Sliding Rocks
Waterslides are fun, but what’s even more fun are natural waterslides! The PaPaseea Sliding Rocks are waterfalls that kids and adults can slide on. After sliding, you can enjoy swimming in the freshwater pool.
The Dwarfs Cave
In the village of Paia, there goes an amazing cave called the Dwarfs Cave. The rock and lava structures formed due to a volcanic eruption years ago. Some locals believe that dwarves still live in the cave and their footprints can be seen by tourists.
Papapapai-Tai Falls is one of Samoa’s spellbinding waterfalls cascading at 100 meters tall on the Island of Upolu. Ask a guide if you can go swimming near the falls for a delightful experience. Just a short walk from here is Lake Lanoto’o National Park.
The Pulemelei is an ancient pyramid mound built with basalt stones. It’s the largest of its kind with a base measure of 65 meters by 60 meters. It has dimensions of 12 meters high on the southern edge and seven meters on the northern edge. Archaeologists revealed that the mound was built sometime between 1100 AD and 1400 AD. Scientists recorded about 3,000 artifacts including stone pavements, ovens, and pathways.
To Sua Ocean Trench
The To Sua Ocean Trench is an attraction in itself as the furrow pulls you down in its alluring waters. The whole site wrapped itself with greenery before plunge you to azure, glistening pool below. There’s a steep ladder for its entrance in case you want to go swimming.
If you want to have a taste of the Samoan local culture, a visit to the 24/7 market shouldn’t be missed. You can find shirts, souvenirs, siapo (bark fiber cloth), shell ornaments, and local delights. Maybe you can even score some Samoan antiquities in the marketplace!
Saleaula Lava Fields
Hardened lava remains as it crumbles the whole village of Saleaula during the eruption of Mt. Matavanu in 1905. Remnants of the Virgin’s Grave, meetinghouse, and a catholic church can still be seen when you enter the site.
This is just a taste of what you can see in Samoa. Samoa has more attractions that are sure to excite any kind of traveler!