Looking for rainforest, beaches, lagoons, lava tubes and a love of 'no time like island time'? Harbouring a love for sprawling archipelagoes in the South Pacific? A holiday in Samoa is just the ticket (likely to be booked to Apia, the capital). Comprising 10 islands, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, local culture has been 3,000 years in the making in Samoa. The 2 main islands – Savai'i and Upolu – are separated by a 90-minute ferry ride. Read more...
Where warm, tropical waters and cool southeast trade winds collide
With more than 900 species of fish and 200 of coral, it's easy to see why the diving and snorkelling are popular here; that's before mentioning the dolphins, rays and whales. If your ideal holiday means you've a surfboard tucked under your arm when you head to the beach, there are several great breaks on both islands. Alternatively, if you're feeling terrestrial, there are ample cliff trails, hikes, bicycles for hire and canopy walks too.
Samoan accommodation can be found at the plush and budget ends of the spectrum. If you want to prep for island time, keep your plans super simple and check out a Samoa holiday package. Then get your best hammock pose ready.