Located in the heart of Polynesia, Samoa features rainforest covered volcanic mountain peaks, white sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls and Polynesian culture. Expect to be enticed by the generous spirit, relaxed nature and inclusive philosophy of Fa’a Samoa – the Samoan Way.
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Currency Tala or Samoa dollar
Flying time from London 20 hours
Official language(s) Samoan
Time difference +12 GMT
Visa requirements Not required for UK passport holders
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The fruit market has a range of exotic tropical fruits to sample, while the nearby flea market has local handicrafts. Early on a Sunday morning the fish market is also worth a visit, with a wide range of delicious and unusual catches.
Visit Villa Vailima
Author of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson spent his final years in Samoa. His former home – named Villa Vilima – is well worth a visit, and is now a museum. His grave can be reached with a scenic walk through lush rainforest to the top of Mt Vaea, which offers panoramic views of Apia.
Enjoy the Teuila Festival
The Teuila Festival is a week of culture and traditional entertainment, including fire knife dancing, traditional sports, wood carving, tattooing and a parade. The festivities usually take place during August.
Tour the lava fields
When Mt Matavanu erupted in 1905, five villages were buried under the lava flow. Today, on Saleaula Lava Field, half-buried churches, a virgin grave and lava mounds (imprints of trees) can still be found as you walk over this fascinating geological expanse.
Explore tropical rainforests
Explore the lush tropical rainforests, which buzz with native wildlife including skinks, flying foxes, geckos and birds among a plethora of fascinating flora...
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