A home away from home in Apia's paradise

Samoa's coastline sparkles with shades of turquiose and ultramarine blue
Samoa's coastline sparkles with shades of turquiose and ultramarine blue

Astonishing beaches with crystal clear water and soft golden sand, remarkable caves and intriguing islands are some of the many attractions that draw tourists to any country, but if you’re after a destination that offers all that but still feels like home, then Apia, the Samoan capital, should be at the top of your list. 

The island paradise of Samoa is grounded in opposing forces – a nation birthed by ancient volcanic activity, yet which maintains an essence of serenity and calm, a landscape rich in storybook jungles and idyllic coastline unburdened by mega-resorts or flash attractions. 

Samoa is considered the beating heart of Polynesia, both geographically and culturally. Despite the influence of missionaries in the 1800s, the nation has retained Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan Way), and it’s evidenced throughout the traditional Samoan architecture standing alongside 19th century colonial churches and official buildings, right down to the friendly, obliging locals who enact deep respect for their traditional way of life. 

Here are five unmissable attractions in Apia, Samoa.

Much of Samoa's natural landscape is relatively untouched, creating an intreguing experience

Much of Samoa's natural landscape is relatively untouched, creating an intreguing experience

Taufua Beach Fales, Lalomanu

Samoa is home to 200,000 culturally diverse citizens, actively participating and functioning as a wholesome community group – and there’s no better place to see this in bloom than at Faufua Beach.

The community spirit and positive energy emanating from the locals encourages and invites tourists to actively participate along with them, whether it be one of the nightly cultural dance sessions or a visit to one of the iconic churches located along the central coast.

Where the jungle meets the sea in island paradise Samoa

Where the jungle meets the sea in island paradise Samoa

To-Sua Ocean Trench, Western Samoa, (Upolu)

Upolu, a 75-kilometre long island, is the second largest in Samoa both in resident numbers and land mass. It was named after the first woman on the island according to a branch of Polynesian mythology, shrouding the island in rich cultural significance. 

To-Sua Ocean Trench (upolu), just an hour from Apia, is an idyllic swimming destination and is the perfect destination to spend time with family and friends. This phenomenal location showcases Samoa’s iconic scenery and weather, making it the perfect backdrop for a picnic or proposal, whichever mood you’re in.  

Samoa is relatively undeveloped for tourism, creating an authentic Polynesian experience for travellers

Samoa is relatively undeveloped for tourism, creating an authentic Polynesian experience for travellers

The Coffee Bean Café, Tamaligi

With the relaxed atmosphere and welcoming locals, it’s easy to see why Melbourne local Andrew Pedrana chose this location to set up shop and establish impressive Coffee Bean Café.

This local hot spot found a way to combine Melbourne's signature dining experience with local culture. By offering salsa classes on Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, Coffee Bean Cafe quickly established itself as an integral part of the dining and entertainment experience of Apia. 

Enjoy local fare and then a local work-out - exercise is a huge part of modern Samoan culture

Enjoy local fare and then a local work-out - exercise is a huge part of modern Samoan culture

Mai Gym, Apia

With so many amazing dining options to try, you can feel no guilt by taking advantage of the multiple gym facilities available within walking distance.

Located in the heart of Apia, Mai Gym offers friendly trainers, high intensity training sessions and a full range of fitness equipment, all while surrounded by breathtaking views of the tree lined Main Street and surrounding mountains.

With a workout offering a view this amazing it’s no wonder that fitness is such big part of local life.