It takes around 4 hours to fly from New Zealand to Samoa which means leaving Friday and returning Monday is totally worthwhile. Extend your long weekend and hit the warm weather for a quick injection rejuvenation, easily.
Quick Winter Escape
Escape New Zealand’s winter because the best time to visit Samoa is between May and October. Sure, virtually all year around the weather will be in the high 20’s or 30’s but with Samoa’s wet seasons, visiting between May – October is when you can expect to top up your suntan, swim in the ocean, and forget about Winter back home.
Samoa is a little different to some of the other popular islands close to New Zealand. Expect total laid back “island time” style where people and community come first. Long before commercial, material and all things touristy. Great news for the traveller; this is one place you can head to with true relaxation, friendly chats with locals and low expectations. Bliss!
Samoa isn’t just reading a book and dipping in the ocean; although that’s certainly appealing, right! Samoa is home to some very cool attractions and some which are exclusively Samoa too.
The Tu Sua Ocean Trench is one of Upolu’s most popular attractions. This is (literally speaking) a giant swimming hole, 30 metres deep, surrounded by tropical foliage. Together the scene is enchanting. The family who own the land that Tu Sua is on have had a wooden ladder and swimming platform built to enable visitors easy access for swimming.
They’ve worked hard to maintain the gardens too, and the outcome is that this is not just an instagram worthy spot, but also somewhere unique to Samoa that visitors can cool off. Bring the whole family to Tu Sua, and the kids can wade in the rock pool while experienced divers can explore the nearby cave. The Piula Cave Pool is another freshwater pool where a fun day trip can be had. On the island of Savai’i, the Alofaaga Blowholes are an interesting sight. Created by lava, as the surf washes into shore, the ocean shoots out of the lava similarly to a Wales blowhole.
Both of the Samoan islands have several hikes that take walkers through a range of topography. Wander volcanic craters, tropical forest or steep cliffs before relaxing in the warm ocean at the end of the day. Samoa has world class surf breaks too, and since most of the breaks are either difficult to find or cross through private land, private guides take surfers to the breaks, adding that sense of community and culture to the experience.
Samoa’s attractions are all about enjoying the landscape and nature. Be it the ocean or on the land, the natural landscape provides plenty of day trips for the traveller who wants a little more than reading a book on a sun chair.
Samoa’s traditional housing is known as a fale. A fale to Samoa is what a beach bungalow is to Koh Samui. Sure, there are plenty of luxury resorts and overwater bungalows available but spending your holiday in a fale evokes a sense of culture and a romantic essence. You’ll have your own little, simple, bungalow on the beach with flax blinds to pull down in the evening, offering privacy. The sound of the waves lapping the shore and communal meals make this one holiday style that a traveller rejuvenated and back with the simple things in life.