7 Spectacular Reasons You Should Travel to Samoa

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Samoa, known as the beautiful Treasured Islands of the South Pacific, is one of the most enticing places on earth. Some of the beaches are so picture-perfect you’re likely to feel as if you’ve stepped into a fantasy world, not to mention the lush rainforests, rugged sea cliffs and waterfalls that plunge into the most perfect swimming holes. If special effects artists were to design a CGI-rendered swimming hole for a blockbuster film set in this region of the world, it would look just like To Sua ocean trench, pictured above.

Ringed by roughly 100-foot high cliffs topped by lush foliage, this swimming hole is filled with warm, clear, azure sea water. Skilled divers can make their way into the swimming hole directly from the ocean via an underwater tunnel. Or, you can enter through a tropical park before climbing down a rather precarious ladder.

But To Sua isn’t the only amazing sight in Samoa by far.

Afu Aau Falls

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Afu Aau falls off the south coast, plunging from the rainforest into a deep swimming pool.

Alofaaga Blowholes

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These blowholes in the village of Taga on south-west Savaii propel a roaring jet of water hundreds of feet up into the air. It’s an especially incredible sight when the locals throw coconuts into the holes and they’re blasted into the air. Check out how high they get in the video below!

Turtle Sanctuary at Satoalepai

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Visit the wetlands sanctuary at Savaii’s Satoalepai village and you can take a dip with half a dozen or more green turtles. These beautiful prehistoric creatures have been hunted for years and years and as a result they’re now endangered. Fortunately, the locals have made it their business to give the turtles a new lease of life, raising them in a part-fresh, part-saltwater pool. Once they’re fully grown, they release them back into the ocean.

Lalomanu Beach

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Lalomanu is a village on the east coast of Upolu Island, renowned for its calm waters and pristine sands. The beach has stunning coral lagoons and one of the best views of the rocky coast of Samoa as well as the uninhabited island of Nu’utele, a perfect place for snorkeling – look for the brilliant blue starfish.

Sunset on Falealupo

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This is the last place in the world to see the sunset. Located at the western most end of Savaii you can take a stroll through the rainforest, swim at a stunning white sand beach and then settle in to watch as the sun sinks below the Pacific.