The palm trees literally line the shore where the bluest of waters crash onto the green and azure coloured reef, eventually lapping at the white sand beach.
This is Samoa, the sacred heart of the Pacific. Kate is on location in this tiny pacific island so find out what makes this sacred centre so special and why you should be popping it on the list for your next getaway.
Fly just that little bit further than Fiji and you find the sacred centre of Samoa. It is part of the region of the Pacific known as Polynesia and holds a population of around 185,000. Her islands have narrow coastal plains with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in the interior. The two main islands are Upolu and Savaii and the capital, Apia, is where you will fly into the international airport.
As a first time visitor to the country, I am eager to explore and experience the Samoan way. The first thing you notice about the island of Upolu is it’s drenched in rainforests. The roads are limited, just enough to get you from one side of the island to the other. However, trek beyond those roads and the rainforests reveal hidden treasures. You will find an abundance of places to explore, swim and just relax.
Our first treasure was Togitogiga Waterfall, cascading into a refreshingly cool swimming hole. While it’s a popular swimming spot, there is also a recreation area ideal for games such as rugby and volleyball for those with their own equipment or a stunning place to have a picnic. Located in the village of Saleilua, it is situated few miles away from the Le Pupu Pue National Park. The fall is known to be used as a swimming area for the great warriors of Samoa in the past.
With the promise of an even more magical place to swim, we headed off to our next hidden treasure. The pool is situated close to Lotofaga, which is a village on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa. Affectionately named ‘The Trench’ this swimming hole is probably the most photographed in Samoa. Locally called Tosua, meaning a ‘Gigantic Swimming Hole’, it is believed that lava field blow holes made these tide pools. You need a bit of courage to get down to the water as there is a 30 meter ladder to climb down to get there. The climb is worth it though, as the view from in the water looking up at the enclosed walls of the trench is breathtaking.
All refreshed, it was time to retire back to the hotel for a bit of much needed rest and recovery, as the flight into Apia arrived at the early hours of that morning. So far the island has dished up some magical delights and I cannot wait to explore further, after a good night rest.
Where to stay
- Sa’ Moana
Located on the stunning South Coast of Upolu, Samoa, the Sa’Moana is approximately a 35 minute drive away from Faleolo International Airport. All the beach bungalows are absolute beach front with breathtaking views of the beach, reef and Pacific Ocean. There is a fully licensed bar/restaurant and sports bar above the huge outdoor restaurant deck area. The bar/restaurant is open all day, from 7am till late.
- Maninoa Surf Camp
Maninoa Surf Camp at Siumu on the South shore of Upolu is situated on a beautiful, private beach with seven world class surf spots within a short boat trip of the camp, including the famous Coconuts straight out the front. Beach fales offer the individual surf traveller open planned and well ventilated traditional style accommodation right on the beach. Drift off to sleep with waves lapping at the shore
- Seabreeze Resort
With the focus clearly on outdoor living, all Seabreeze Resort Villas have Ocean, Lagoon & Reef views. Designed and built by craftsmen the furnished & decorated by the best in Interior design specialists, each room has been carefully structured with the tropics in mind to encourage cross flow ventilation from natural sea breezes. For those balmy tropical nights we offer air-conditioning and a fan in every room ensuring comfort and a relaxing night’s sleep. Each villa has tea and coffee making facilities, mini-refrigerator and private bathroom facilities with all the comforts you would expect in a resort of this standard. Once inside the rooms the Samoan Flair greets you, texture of lava rock bathrooms inspires you, your surroundings relax you and the view beckons you.
- Sinalei Reef Resort
Just 30 minutes from Apia, the capital of Samoa, and 45 minutes from the Airport, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is nestled amongst 33 acres of tropical beachfront gardens located on the South Coast of Upolu. Its coastline location is famous for its picture-postcard scenery: clear, turquoise water, with shady coconut palms fringing stretches of white sand. Local bus and taxis service the area and town plus an airport shuttle makes it easy to arrive and depart the resort. Ranging from Garden View to absolute beach front, we provide all types of Hideaway at Sinalei. The basis of our principal is luxury, with a sprinkle of loving traditional Samoan flair. There are 29 stunningly appointed Villas nestled into the tropical landscape offering views of the gorgeous turquoise lagoon or the manicured tropical garden. Sinalei’s chic South Pacific design is intentionally laid back, we do everything we can to turn your dreams of a luxurious South Pacific holiday into a reality.
Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa truly embodies all that is unique and wonderful about culturally-rich Samoa. Coconuts offers Samoan-inspired accommodation and is ideally situated on Upolu’s southern coast, boasting amazing sunrise and sunset views. Perfectly located to explore all of the island’s sites and experiences, Coconuts offers the facilities and services you would expect from a much larger resort, with the heart and soul of a small, intimate retreat. With a warm and friendly staff, and surrounded by a traditional village, Coconuts provides a true taste of Samoa.