There are so many things to do in Samoa, they’re blessed with hundreds of waterfalls and iridescent pools. In the wet season, during November until April, the waters will be strong and clear, and the pools deep enough to dive in. Spend a day between the cooling waters and sun soaked fales.
The popular Togitogiga Waterfall was once a swimming hole for great Samoan Warriors. It’s most beautiful during the wet season, when the water becomes clear and calm. Float in the pool at the bottom of the falls, or enjoy a relaxing shoulder massage from the flowing water.
Fuipisia falls are spectacular. Falling 55m out of the jungle, you can hike up to these falls and spot a number of native birds along the way.
Close to Apia, kids (and the adults) will love the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks. Gentle waterfalls have formed natural slides in the rocks, one up to five meters in length. It’s easy to find and a must do during the wet season. It’s possible in the dry season to although not always guaranteed to be flowing.
On Savai’I, Afu Aau falls cascade from the depths of the rainforest into a natural plunge pool. Cool and deep Afu Aau is a popular escape from the heat. Leap from the cliffs like the local boys, or dip your toes in poolside.
Not all of Samoa’s waterfalls are hidden away under a canopy of lush forest.
The Mu Pagoa falls tumble into the open ocean, crashing on black sand and creating extraordinary panoramas unseen elsewhere. Expect to get caught up in local daily life here, as the river is safe and shallow enough for kids.
To Sua Ocean Trench doesn’t lie beneath a dreamlike waterfall, but it is easily the most instagramable swimming hole in Samoa. Set in the serenity of the rainforest, the trench is a volcanic pool filled by ocean tides. Not for the faint of heart, the entrance to the pool is down a steep, and sometimes slippery wooden ladder, but if you’re lucky, you may get the pool all to yourself.
Piula (Fatumea) Cave pool (Along the main east coast road, 45mins from apia, you will find piula cave pool located at the piula theological college in the village of lufilufi. It’s a beautiful crystal clear freshwater spring pool and cave that originated from an old lava tube. Explore the underwater cave that connects to a second cave. Day fales and toilet facilities available. Open mon-sat: 8am-4pm.