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  5 ‘must do’s’ in Samoa

March 28, 2019

  5 ‘must do’s’ in Samoa

 If you are thinking of going to Samoa, include these highlights in your itinerary.

  1. Best cocktail bar

Going to Samoa…you need to have a drink at the Rock Pool Bar at ‘Return to Paradise Resort and Spa,’ recently nominated in the 2018 annual Samoan Tourism Awards as a finalist.

It’s set on the water over-looking the rock pools with two tables cantilevered over the ocean. Happy hour is from 3-6 pm daily, but don’t worry if you miss this as the drinks are reasonably priced.

My favourite table at the Rock Pool Bar

  1. Best swimming and snorkelling experience

Have you ever swum in an ocean trench? The To Sua Ocean Trench formed thousands of years ago by lava flow is spectacular. The huge hole filled with sea water falls 20 metres with its sides lined with lush green vegetation providing an illuminating contrast to the turquoise water. The trek down the precarious ladder requires care, but once there the bathing in the salty trench is exhilarating.

Take it easy doing down the ladder to the To Sua Ocean Trench

Most of the beaches are great for snorkelling, especially at low tide. Fish are plentiful and the coral is healthy making for great under water viewing

  1. Best cuisine in Samoa

Jo and Amanda Lam started Scalini Restaurant in St Helier’s Bay in Auckland in 1999. The plan was to move to Samoa, Jo’s home and the dream came to fruition in 2009. Their award-winning restaurant, 2018 Best Restaurant in Samoa sits alongside their deli, ‘The Pickled Lam,’ in Apia. We lunched their and had the most outstanding red snapper. I would highly recommend this eatery.

Scalini Restaurant in Apia

  1. An unexpected literary find –Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island and many other great books) lived in Samoa for only four years yet left a remarkable legacy. Suffering from tuberculosis, he travelled from Scotland to Samoa with his family and prospered in the warmer climate. He bought land and built at stately home with fireplaces (that were never lit) where he lived and continued to write until his unexpected death from an aneurysm. His home, now a museum is well worth a visit with the original copies of Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde in the house, donated by Queen Elizabeth II.

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

  1. The best of the churches to visit

This deeply religious nation has as many churches as village its seems, with many denominations represented. However, two prominent churches are well worth a visit – the architectural masterpiece of the Bahia House of Worshiping and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, both in Apia.

Bahia House of Worshiping

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

2019-03-28T18:05:13+12:00March 28th, 2019|SAMOA|

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5 Comments

  1. Sue Marsh March 28, 2019 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Jane & Tim. Love the church photos – now I wish we had gone to Apia! Next time!

    • Jane Jeffries March 29, 2019 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Sue,
      The churches were beautiful. I would highly recommend you see them as well as the Robert Louis Stevenson museum if you go back again.

  2. Debbie Burridge March 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you Jane, great advice. Samoa is definitely on our list. Is there a best time of year to go?

    • Jane Jeffries March 29, 2019 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Debbie,
      We had a lovely time, but the whole palce is pretty rustic, but that’s what makes it so authentic!

      • Jane Jeffries March 29, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

        Hi Debbie,

        Samoa has two seasons. The rainy season is from Oct- March and the dry season is the remainder of the year. I think the dry season is better.

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