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Top 10 family-friendly things to do in Samoa

Home to dramatic waterfalls, lush tropical forests, crystal-clear freshwater pools, ancient volcanoes and pristine beaches, the island paradise of Samoa abounds with breathtaking natural beauty just waiting to be explored. Coupled with its traditional 3,000-year-old culture, incredibly friendly locals and laid-back island vibes, Samoa is guaranteed to enchant and surprise the whole family.


Samoa’s pristine shores are safe, secluded and less than six hours away if travelling directly from Sydney.


Samoa is more than a beach or island holiday – it’s an experience, a natural treasure, and a destination the whole family will enjoy! Here are the top must do family-friendly experiences when visiting this South Pacific paradise.


Papase’ea Sliding Rocks

Location: Tuamasaga, Upolu, Samoa



For those seeking adventure while visiting Samoa, sliding down the natural waterfalls is sure to deliver. Worn down by thousands of years of running water, these naturally formed rock slides are the perfect activity for cooling off on a hot day. With multiple slides to choose from there is fun for the whole family, and at an affordable price too, with tickets ranging from ST$2.00 – $5.00 This splendid site is an absolute must do for any families looking for fun while travelling to Samoa, and is located just a 15 minute drive from Samoa’s capital, Apia.


Swim with Turtles

Location: Off North Coast Road, Sato’alepai, Savai’i, Samoa



Swimming with Turtles in this type of environment is a once in a lifetime experience that everyone needs to enjoy when visiting Samoa. Located in the village of Sato’alepai, this unique experience is owned and operated by the Matai’a family. Visitors are able to swim alongside these gorgeous creatures at a site that values marine conversation. The pond is not deep, making it the perfect activity for the little ones.


Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Location: Vailima, Cross Island Rd, Apia, Upolu, Samoa



The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is the perfect stop for those seeking a historical experience. What was once the home of the famous 19th century author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped is now a public museum. Enchanted by Samoa and its people, the author requested to be buried on top of Mount Vaea, overlooking the sea. Visitors can take a leisurely 30-45 minute walk around the museum – and even visit his tomb.


Piula Cave Pool

Location: Piula Theological College in the Village of Lufilufi, Upolu, Samoa



What originated as an old lava tube, the Piula Cave Pool is the perfect spot for a dip on a warm day. The beautiful crystal clear freshwater spring pool and cave is a great spot to take the kids for a swim, bring some lunch for a picnic or your snorkel gear for a look under the water. When planning your trip keep in mind it’s closed on Sundays.


Alofa’aga Blowholes

Location: S Coast Road, Taga, Palauli, Savai’i, Samoa



Visiting the Alofa’aga Blowholes is an essential when on holidays in Samoa. These impressive blowholes are located in the Taga village in South-West Savai’i. Showcasing the power of the wave in its purest form, the blowhole propels a roaring jet of water hundreds of feet up into the air – a sight you and the kids don’t want to miss.


Namu’a Island

Location: Namu’a Island, Samoa



Namu’a Island is the perfect spot for a day trip, located just a 5-10 minute boat ride off the South-Eastern of the Upolu Mainland. It is a great place to swim with turtles in their natural habitat and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the small island. To find departure points look for the "Namu'a Island Beach Fales" sign along Mutiatele Aleipata’s Main South Coast Road, or ask your accommodation to arrange a trip for you.


Falealupo Canopy Walkway

Location: Falealupo Rainforest Preserve, Savai’i, Samoa



Samoa’s magnificent Canopy walkway is an absolute must for every family visiting. Located in the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve in the northwest of Savai'i, 40 metres above the ground lays a hanging bridge sure to thrill. The ultimate jungle experience, you’ll feel one with nature as you make your way across the walkway alongside a giant Banyan tree. Hanging across a 30 metre gap suspended in the depths of a gorgeous Samoan rainforest, it’s sure to be a memorable experience for the whole family.


Take a ride on Samoa’s colourful buses

Location: Fugalei Street, Apia, Upolu, Samoa & Salelologa, Savai’i, Samoa


If you’re looking for a fun way to travel around Samoa like a local, then look no further. You can board the buses at main terminals - located in Apia behind the food market in Fugalei and opposite the flea market at Savalalo. For those staying on Savai’i the terminal is located at the market and main wharf in Salelologa. You can catch one of these buses by waving it down as it approaches.


Samoa Cultural Village

Location: Beach Road, Apia, Upolu, Samoa



For those looking to experience the authentic culture of Samoa and gain insight into their cultural traditions, then the Samoa Cultural Village is for you. The Village offers a range of activities including tapa making, traditional tattooing or ‘tatau’, carving cultural artefacts, the preparation of the “umu” or Earth oven, and so much more. Located in the heart of Apia, head to the Samoa Cultural Village to experience the ‘Fa’a Samoa’ for yourself.


Fiafia Nights



You can’t leave Samoa without attending one of the many fiafia nights on offer. These nights are a stunning display and celebration of the Samoan culture and it’s heritage. You can see locals performing traditional dances of more than 3000 years, while you feast on a traditional Samoan style buffet. Don’t be afraid to get up and have a go for yourself, the locals are more than happy to show you the ropes. You can find these nights at most local resorts and hotels, so be sure to check when they’re offered as soon as you arrive.


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Published: 13 January 2022

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