Samoa Islands, Polynesia: where they are, when to go and what to see

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Polynesia is one of the most popular destinations for thousands of tourists who come from all over the world. One of the most visited and loved archipelagos ever appears to be that of Samoa. This remote area has exceptional natural beauty and incredible activities for tourists to do. In addition to this, the island is pervaded by a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, which manages to bring joy and remove everyday stress. Without a doubt, a vacation in Samoa is excellent medicine for enjoying some well-deserved relaxation.
It is therefore necessary to find out where the Samoa Islands are, when to go and what to see!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. How much does a vacation in Samoa cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 195.843 Samoa - 54.517 American Samoa
  • Capital: Apia (Samoa) - Pago Pago (American Samoa)
  • Languages: Samoan, English
  • Local currency: Samoan Tala (Samoa) (€ 1,00 = 2,9892 WST), US Dollar (American Samoa) (€ 1,00 = 1,15 USD)
  • Weather: tropical climate, medium-high temperatures
  • vaccinations: Yellow fever
  • Entry requirements: Passport, return flight ticket, Visa not required for stays of less than 60 days
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are

    The Samoa Islands are part of Polynesia. Hence, they are found on the oceanic continent east of Australia. Samoa is politically divided into two different regions. There is the homonymous nation which turns out to be independent and then there is American Samoa, an overseas territory that responds politically to the United States of America.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: there are no direct flights to arrive in Samoa. Stopovers must necessarily be made. The fastest way is to take a flight from Rome or Milan to Los Angeles, then a flight to Honolulu (Hawaii) and from there then choose a flight to one of the three airports in Samoa. Generally, the most important airport is Faleolo, the airport of the capital Apia.
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    • From the main European capitals: it is recommended to leave from London. There are several flights with British Airways that reach the two main hubs for Samoa, namely Los Angeles and Singapore. If you choose the American continent, then you can continue with a flight to Hawaii and then take a flight to Apia. Otherwise it will be necessary to rely on Singapore Airlines, which will make a further stopover in New Zealand, before reaching Faleolo airport.
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    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: the climate in Samoa appears to be tropical. The average temperature is 27 ° in a calendar year. Precipitation in a whole year is 169 days / 2.800 mm. The sea temperature is high all year round with an average of 28 degrees.
    • Best time: the best period is from mid-May to September. In this period the climate is mild and pleasant and there is no abundant rainfall.
    • Period to avoid: the worst period is from November to April. In addition to humidity and abundant rainfall, dangerous cyclones can also form during this period.
    • Advice: a vacation in Samoa is ideal for those who love at sea. For this reason, you must bring the essentials to relax on the beach in your suitcase. Therefore, it is good to include sunglasses, sun protection, comfortable shoes and light clothing.

    Which island to go to?

    American Samoa and American Samoa include several islands in their territory. However, the most important for services, connections and accommodation are:

    1. Upolu: the main island of the independent territory of Samoa. On this island there is the capital of this territory, Apia, the main center of this area. On this island there are numerous residences, including luxurious ones, where you can enjoy your stay in the best way. In addition, there is also the Faleolo airport, the most important in the area in question.
    2. Sava'i: the largest island in Samoa. This island has numerous services connected both to local life and to the world of tourism. It is not uncommon to find serviced apartments overlooking the crystal clear ocean on this island. To reach the island it is necessary to take a special ferry and land in the port of the territory.
    3. Tutuila: Tutuila represents the most important island of American Samoa. On this island of volcanic origin there is also the capital of this territory belonging to the USA, namely Pago Pago. Typical restaurants are frequent on the island and tourists can find different varieties of accommodation.
    4. Ta'u: an island that politically belongs to the territory of American Samoa. This island is quite large, although the population reaches around 1.000 inhabitants. On Ta'u various excursions are organized for tourists. Furthermore, it is easy to reach the island thanks to the Fitiuta airport, one of the most important in American Samoa.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Afu Aau waterfalls: the Afu Aau waterfalls are a wonderful natural place. This place is unspoiled, with lush vegetation that covers it from top to bottom. Admiring the falls will engrave an indelible memory in your memory.They are located on the island of Sava'i in independent Samoa.
    2. Lalomanu Beach: is located on the island of Upolu, in independent Samoa. This beach is white in color and the sand is extremely soft. The beach is washed by crystal clear water. A place not to be missed for those who love the sea and comfort!
    3. Piula Cave Pool: shining rocks washed by transparent water that make up a natural bay. This is just a small description of the place, which represents one of the many wonders of the island of Upolu, in independent Samoa.
    4. Palolo Deep Marine Reserve: the Palolo nature reserve is located in Apia, the capital of independent Samoa. Visiting this reserve is an activity not to be missed for all those who love marine fauna with bright and unique colors!
    5. Old market of Apia: the old market of Apia is one of the points of interest not to be missed in the capital of independent Samoa. In this market you can experience the atmosphere of the city, understanding the spirit of Samoa.
    6. Two Dollar Beach: one of the most beautiful beaches in the capital of American Samoa, Pago Pago. Two Dollar Beach is the perfect place for couples who want to enjoy a romantic getaway.
    7. Mount Alava: Mount Alava is located on the island of Tutuila, precisely in the vicinity of Pago Pago. This mountain is covered with vegetation and is often a destination for trekking routes and adventurous excursions.
    8. Ofu Beach: this beach is located on the island of Manu'a in American Samoa. The beach is quite small, not very spacious but has a wonderful view. In fact, behind it there are steep mountains with lush vegetation.
    9. Matafao Peak: another peak on the island of Tutuila which belongs to American Samoa. This peak is being targeted by numerous adventurous tourists who try to conquer the peak to enjoy the wonderful panorama.
    10. Aun'u island: this small island is located off the island of Tutuila in American Samoa. Small excursions are organized to reach this atoll which is rich in local flora and fauna.

    How much does a vacation in Samoa cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Organizing a trip to Samoa can be extremely expensive. In fact, in the first place there is the economic problem of the cost of the flight to reach these islands. To reach the final destination it is necessary to make a long journey which of course turns out to be very expensive. On average, the full price for a flight + hotel package on a double basis costs € 4.000. You can save on accommodation on the islands by choosing local homes overlooking the sea rather than relying on luxury 5-star residences. Life on both islands turns out to be quite simple and even securing a good local seafood meal does not require a great deal of money.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
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