Known as the Treasured Islands, it's fitting that there are so many natural riches to discover on your Samoa holidays. Polynesia's beating heart is made up of two islands – Upolu, home to the capital Apia, and the larger Savai'i to the left – with airports located on both. Once you've arrived, relax and enjoy the 3,000 year old tradition of Fa'a Samoa, 'the Samoan Way'.
A prime surfing destination, Samoa offers quality waves and stunning reef breaks for those with boarding prowess, thanks to the tropical trade winds that lap the coastline. You won't find it hard to source a secluded cove to hang ten – head to Upolu's southern shores at A'ufaga Village, or put your skills to the test at the famed Plum Pudding Rock, Solosolo. For something a more subdued, visit Savai'i's Satoalepai wetlands sanctuary to swim with a bale of green turtles.
Consider joining one of the guided Samoa tours, where locals will reveal some of the best kept secret on the islands. Venture into the interior of Savai'i to see the legacy of long-term volcanic activity in the form of cones and lava fields, as well as cultivated farmlands and lush rainforest – the summit of the Matavanu Crater in Safotu village reveals unparalleled views of Savai'i below.
To explore the islands at your own pace, why not hire a car? A popular spot for locals and visitors alike is Papaseea Sliding Rock in Apia, where a gentle waterfall will guide you down a well-worn natural slippery dip. There are plenty of things to do in Samoa if you're up for a little exploration, including the magical To Sua Trench where a ladder drops 30 metres down into an deep azure swimming hole.
Shopping, savouring and sporting in Apia
Rise early and visit the Maketi Fou (new market) on Apia's Fugalei Street to sample local flavours and enjoy a refreshing tropical juice while you browse unique souvenirs such as kava bowls and lava-lavas (traditional skirts). Spend the afternoon at Robert Louis Stevenson colonial-style house, which is now a museum dedicated to the Scottish writer who penned many novels during his time on the islands.
Once you've checked Sopoaga Falls and the Falealupo Rainforest canopy walk off your itinerary, catch a game of Samoan cricket 'kilikiti', the national sport, or cheer on the Manu Samoa rugby union team. After a win, celebrate with an evening out in Apia, wining and dining at one of the many restaurants and bars along Beach Road. Book your flights to Samoa today to experience the unmistakable and unbeatable Fa'a Samoa way of life.