Written by @sofialockett
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Looking for attractions in Samoa? Once you’re there, you won’t have to wander far: this beautiful collection of islands boasts a new sight around every corner (whether that be a white-sand beach or a delicious food-stall). If you’re wanting a little more direction, though, then look no further than the recommendations we’ve put together below.
1. Tour the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, Apia
One of the Southern Hemisphere’s foremost architectural gems, Samoa’s Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral is truly a sight to behold. Only built in 2011, the cathedral showcases the best of modern church design and construction, its blue and white colour scheme appropriately reminiscent of Samoa’s shores.
2. Achieve serenity in the Baha’i House of Worship
For a piece of quiet and calm just outside Apia’s bustling central area, make your way to the Baha’i House of Worship, a much-loved Samoan landmark. Learn about the Baha’i faith from one of the House’s friendly attendants before wandering through the well-tended grounds.
3. Plunge the depths of Toa Sua Ocean Trench
Regularly fronting Samoa’s tourist campaigns, the Toa Sua Ocean Trench is as gorgeous in reality as it is in photos. This deep-sea pool is situated in Lalomanu. After taking a short walk across the grounds to reach it, you can opt to descend the ladder down to the water’s edge.
4. Go for a coastal walk
Samoa has no shortage of coastline, so why not traverse some of it on foot? The coastal walk located in the Le Pupu Pu’e National Park is particularly worthwhile – just make sure you pack shoes with good grip.
5. Explore the Samoa cultural village
At the heart of Apia, Samoa’s capital, you’ll find the Samoa cultural village. A true institution for both locals and tourists alike, the village is open every day to visitors searching not only for food and authentic wares but for one-of-a-kind immersion in Samoan dancing, woodwork, weaving and music. A great way to spend an afternoon acquainting yourself with Samoan culture, this activity isn’t to be overlooked.
6. Stay at one of Samoa’s historical hotels
Samoa’s stock of colonial hotels attests to its intriguing cultural and political history. The leading example is Aggie Grey’s Hotel: founded in 1933 by eponymous hotelier and local celebrity, Aggie Grey, this historic establishment has Hollywood ties and the glamour to match.
7. Visit one of the country’s renowned spas
Samoa is regularly touted as the spa capital of the South Pacific. For relaxing treatments right by the waterside, try the Le Lagoto Resort and Spa on Savai’i, or perhaps the Taumeasina Island Resort in Apia. You can drink up while your skin drinks in the benefits of a massage with essential oils created right on the island(s).
8. Learn more at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
If you’re a reader, then the R.L. Stevenson Museum is sure to be a winner. Stevenson – who wrote the aptly-named Treasure Island – settled in Samoa in the 19th century, and his mansion and its extensive library are still well-preserved for public viewing.
9. Go scuba-diving
Samoa’s crystal-clear waters promise incredible exposure to sealife – so if you’re keen to give that waterproof camera an outing, put scuba-diving at the top of your Samoa bucket list. Top-quality scuba instructors are on hand to get you started.
10. Absorb the sunset
South Pacific sunsets have to be seen to be believed. Why not glimpse one for yourself at Falealupo village, reputed to be the last place on earth to see the sun go down each day?
Lano Beach – Wikimedia Commons – License under CC BY 2.0
Toa Sua Ocean Trench – Michael on Flickr – License under CC BY 2.0
Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows – Wikimedia Commons – License under CC BY 3.0
Sea Turtle – Pxhere – License under CC0 Public Domain
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