Overview for Samoa
Where is Samoa?
Just five hours across the glistening South Pacific in the heart of Polynesia lies Samoa. Known as the Treasured Islands of the South Pacific, it's the one place on earth where you will experience true Polynesian culture at its most authentic and a tradition found nowhere else in the world called Fa'a Samoa (The Samoan Way). Celebrating nature and traditions, life among the majority of Samoa’s population of 190,000 has changed little and time honoured customs are a part of everyday life.
The country is made up of two main islands, Upolu (home to the capital of Samoa, Apia) and Savai'i, the Big Island.
Upolu - Samoa’s most populous island offers a range of attractions both in and around Apia and beyond to the south coast. Apia has a rich colonial history and a range of dining and entertainment options. A highlight is a visit to Vailima, the Samoan home of Robert Louis Stevenson. A visit to a local church on a Sunday, a Fia Fia night as well as swimming with turtles should also not be missed. The beach resorts are located along the south coast whilst Apia hotels offer a great base from which to explore the island.
Savai'i - Across to the north-west of Upolu lies Samoa’s ‘big island’ of Savai'i. Easily accessed by an hour's ferry ride, Savai'i is a must for any visitor wishing to explore the real Samoa. You’ll find the pace easy and gentle – even compared with Upolu! We recommend at least 2-3 nights on Savaii to allow enough time to see the main attractions. On Savai'i you will generally stay in simple fale (beach bungalow) accommodation.
You’ll enjoy your stay…
Samoa was recently voted as the best value destination in the South Pacific. Apart from the kilometres of white sand beaches, waterfalls, spectacular blow halls and alien lava fields, its true treasures lie in the genuine warmth of its people and its authentic Polynesian culture unchanged for the last 3,000 years.
We suggest you try to spend some time on both islands to really appreciate your Samoan holiday.