Did you decide to visit Samoa for this year’s getaway holiday? Whether that was because you came across a particularly attractive picture gallery of the little nation, or because you are an adventurer and seek out the lonelier spots of the world, know that you have made a very good choice. That being said, you might be wondering exactly what is there to do in Samoa. The answer is, there is a lot to do! Here are some of the most famous tourist attractions this country has to offer:
The waterfalls – one of the best things about Samoa as a holiday destination is its beautiful waterfalls. Whilst not particularly tall or daunting, the Samoan waterfalls are sights to behold, and even better, you can safely swim in them. The more famous ones include the Togitogiga Waterfall (which is definitely something to check out if you are travelling during the wet season), the 55-metre Fuipisia Falls (which also double as a birdwatching hike!) and the Aafu Aau Waterfall, where you can dive together with the locals if you are in for a thrill.
The beaches – Samoa luxury resorts are quite popular, and that has a lot to do with its beautiful beaches and waters. Of course, surfing is not all you can do – many tourists also look forward to the snorkelling experiences, which can give you a closer look at its marine life and lush coral reefs that surround the islands. Examples of the many beaches you can visit include Lalomanu Beach which is famous for its marine wildlife, and the Lano and Ananoa beaches which are excellent surfing spots. And if you are looking for an encounter with the sharks, the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, quite close to the capital city, is yet another excellent location to visit.
Go hiking – Samoa has plenty of hiking spots thanks to its lush and vast forests. Of course, forests are not the only hiking trails in the country – you can go hiking on the mountainous trails and get close to the volcanoes of Samoa, or you can make your way through the more rugged patches of the coast and visit the many alcoves and caves. The Falease’ela River Walk, for example, lets you hike along the river bed, and you can jump in for a dip towards noon, when the temperatures get sizzling.
The turtles – and do not forget to see the turtles if you visit Samoa! They are very famous neighbours, and you will probably encounter a few during your other exploits in the country, but there are reserves for these endangered species where you can have a more personal encounter with them. The Satoalepai Turtle Sanctuary, for example, lets you swim with the turtles before they are released into the wild (and that is a one-of-a-kind experience!).