04 Jul 2017

Five Things to Do on the Island of Savai’i


The main island, and the most populated island, of Samoa’s two islands is Upolu.  But if you’re visiting Samoa, it quite worthwhile to visit the second main island: Savai’i.  Savai’i is Samoa’s largest island and is known as the “real Samoa” for its pristine, secluded beaches and lush rainforests.  Here are my five top suggestions for things to do on the grand island of Savai’i.


1. Afu Aau Waterfalls – this is a spectacular waterfall plunging into a fresh-water swimming pool  from the rainforest.  The pool itself is very deep for a refreshing swim, however the pool’s outer rim is shallow and tucked away in lush greenery.  The waterfall continues to flow into three separate falls providing majestic scenery.


2. Alofaaga Blowholes – Propelling a roaring jet stream of fresh water hundreds of feet into the air, this is quite the enchanting sight for tourists and locals alike.  These impressive blowholes even more entertaining when locals throw coconuts into the holes only to watch the coconuts blast out high into the air! 


3. Falealupo Rainforest Canopy Walk – Built 40 metres above ground a stunning lush rainforest, this walkway is a must-do in Savai’i and offers some one-of-a-kind views of the region from up above.  After you climb up a steep ladder, you’ll then walk along the 10-metre hanging (and slightly wobbly) bridge... it’s not for the faint of heart!


4. Salelaula Lava Fields – The lava fields show much destruction from when Mt. Matavanu erupted in 1905: there are half-buried churches, five villages and imprints of trees that were destroyed in the eruption.  On this tour, you’ll come across the ‘Virgin’s Grave,’ a burial place for a girl so pure that lava flowed around her grave, leaving it intact.


5. Cape Mulinu’u – This region is incredibly scenic as it is Samoa’s most Western point and the last place in the country to view the sun set at the end of the day.  Local legend says this is the place where the dead pass onto the other side.  Be sure to visit some of the region’s archeological sites, many of which offer stories rooted in Samoan legends.




Written by: Taryn (Destination Specialist)  

I love having the opportunity to help send travellers to my most favorite parts of the world—the South Pacific.  I look forward to helping you plan an epic vacation with many unique experiences