Samoa Travel Blog

by Silke Elzner

Planning a trip to beautiful Samoa? Read here everything you need to know: when to go, what to do, why you should go and what to expect.

For me Samoa was the South Pacific dream come true.

Rarely do you see so much unspoilt tropical beauty in one place, devoid of make-shift housing constructions, modern supermarkets and the hectic pace of modern life. From the second we stepped onto the island we felt at home, thanks to the welcoming and friendly way we were treated by the locals and the inclusive, close-knit structure of the Samoan community.

In short, Samoa stole my heart.

Singing Samoan woman

Samoans – Beautiful people inside and out. And good singers and dancers, too.

Traditional Foods in Samoa

Fresh fish and tropical fruit are the best things to try in Samoa. Don’t rely on Westernised foods such as pasta, pizza and burgers. A curry can be a good alternative, too if the chef originally comes from Fiji.

Souvenirs to Take Home

In Apia you can have your fare share of souvenirs, such as shells, carvings, t-shirts and jewellery which you can buy at the big market close to the port. The lava-lava is the traditional Samoan skirt, worn by both men and women.

Best beaches in Samoa

Samoa is a true tropical paradise with many great beaches to choose from. Lalumanu and Manase beaches are both crazily attractive, and so is Virgin Cove or Sinalei on the South Coast. Swimming and snorkelling may not always be possible on Samoan beaches, but from a visual point of view you’ve just found paradise.

Jetty Saletoga Sands

Samoan beaches are absolute stunners. In many places reefs ensure that the waters are calm and teeming with fish.

What to Pack for a Trip to Samoa

Swimwear, a good camera, loose long clothes if you want to venture out into less touristy areas, sun protection, stationery for the kids when planning a visit to a village.

When to go

Avoid the wet season from November to March but expect rain throughout the year. The Aussie and Kiwi school holidays are in December and January, so another reason to avoid the islands if you want to find a good deal.

Good to Know

Samoans have beautiful voices and are physically quite attractive (if I may say so). Dance and music performances are not to be missed. Also: If you consider road tripping or backpacking in Samoa, be mindful that almost all land is in private hands, and that beaches are usually only accessible after paying a small fee to the local village.

To Sua

Many beaches and coastal areas in Samoa are in private hands. You will need to pay a small fee to visit and use the facilities, just like at To Sua Ocean Trench, a sinkhole filled with sea water.

What I Like Most About Samoa

Samoa is just stunning inside and out – if you love tropical beaches, lush forests, beautiful voices and welcoming people, then this is the place for you.

What I Don’t Like About Samoa

Not much! However, just like other small island nations that are still in their tourism infancy stage Samoa is trying hard to please affluent travellers but don’t expect a first-class experience when it comes to cuisine or customer service.

Must-do’s While in Samoa

A swim in the To Sua Ocean Trench is unforgettable, if you don’t mind climbing down a slippery ladder. Snorkelling in the north part of the island is also an unforgettable experience (the south has been hit by a tsunami a couple of years ago, and the reefs are still recovering).

RLS Museum in Apia Samoa

Another Great Thing to do in Samoa is a Visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in Apia. Stevenson wrote the famous adventure book “Treasure Island”. He lived in Samoa until his untimely death and was much loved by the local community.

The Best Samoa Hotels

Click here to book Upolu, Samoa accommodation that has been rated “wonderful” on Booking.com.