Welcome to Samoa

Geographically and culturally, this small nation is considered the heart of Polynesia. Though the missionaries of the 1800s were enormously influential, the country has nevertheless clung to Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan Way), making it one of the most authentic and traditional of all Pacific societies: in some parts of the islands you’re more likely to see someone juggling fire than a house with walls.

Despite its isolation, Samoa offers accessible adventures. From the relative ruckus of Apia to the soul-stirring silence of Savai’i, you’ll find a paradise that is safe, sweet and easy to get around.

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$63.90 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day North Coast Savaii Island Tour

This half-day tour covers the north coast of Savaii and begins when you are picked up from the Salelologa Wharf or your local Salelologa hotel. Your tour will begin with a visit to the colourful Salelologa Market before heading off northwards. You will have brief stops at various natural attractions and areas of historical significance such as Sapapalii where Christianity was first introduced to Samoa, and local coastal freshwater springs. The drive northwards is a delightful ride through many neat scattered coastal villages, opportunities for taking photos can be made along the way. The highlight of this tour includes arriving at the Saleaula lava fields which are now 100 years old. Following this you will visit a turtle reserve where the opportunity to get into the water with these amazing creatures and swim with the turtles is provided. The Letui Pe'ape'a cave is the last stop, which is home to a local swiftlet population which was almost wiped out in the recent 1990’s cyclones, these graceful birds have found haven in a fascinating cave which is one of many naturally formed lava tubes. You will then be taken back to the Salelologa Wharf or your local Salelologa hotel.

$138.44 Cultural & Theme Tours

Geothermal Highlights Tour to WaioTapu and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Geothermal Highlights Tour If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering. Your tour starts from the end of the wharf, just outside the port's pedestrian gate. Pick up from the port area Transport in a small air-conditioned mini bus with a full commentary from your professional guide Stop to admire spectacular beaches and volcanoes Hear about New Zealand’s unique ecology created by 80 million years of isolation Pass through kiwi fruit orchards and hear about their economic importance to the region Learn about Maori culture, how they got to New Zealand and who their ancestors were (Polynesians populated many of the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti and even got as far east as South America) Visit the ‘Geothermal Wonderland’ of Wai-o-Tapu and time permitting, see Lady Knox geyser erupt (at 10:15 every day) Lunch at Wai-o-Tapu (not included) Drive to Rotorua and the Geothermal Village of Whakarewarewa. Have a fully guided tour of the village and see how the local Maori still use the boiling water for cooking, heating and bathing. Time permitting you have the option to enjoy a 30-minute cultural show. After Whakarewarewa, you will have a short guided tour of Rotorua, the lake front, Government Gardens and the old bath house, built after the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. Drive back to your ship. Relaxing and sitting back as you go through rolling country side, native forest, pine plantations and landscape sculpted by numerous volcanic eruptions. Price includes drive/guide, entry to Wai-o-Tapu and Whakarewarewa, full commentary, pick and drop off at the port, entry to Te Puia, a bottle of mineral water and Wi-Fi on request

$47.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half-Day Sightseeing and History Tour of Apia Township & Surrounds

After pick up from your hotel the tour will start at  Mulinu’u the sacred burial grounds of the chiefly families of Samoa followed by a viewing of Parliament House, Independence Monument, Lands & Titles Court, the German Monument (where the German flag was raised) and onto the landing site of the first Catholic Missionary to Samoa. The Tour then continues through the University of the South Pacific Agricultural Campus where cross breeding of varieties of crops are experimented (drive through campus). You will then stop at the Moamoa Theological College to view a very old church with exquisite stained glass windows. The last stop on the tour is at Robert Louis Stevenson’s former home which is now a museum. Set in magnificent gardens and housing artifacts from the period when he was residing in Samoa the colonial style house has a lot of history and very interesting stories are told by the guides. You will enjoy walking around and absorbing the atmosphere of times gone by.

$96.55 Outdoor Activities

Sea Cliff & Mountain Hi-Adventure

ITINERARY 8:00am Pick up at central Apia accommodation and off up the Cross Island Road. 8:30am BAHA’I TEMPLE Brief tour – this temple represents Oceania and is one of only 8 such temples in the world 9:30am PAPAPAPATAI FALLS Roadside stop to view the spectacular 110m falls. 10:00am LUPE SINA TREESORT Visit the FIRST and ONLY, authentic, luxury, Treehouse accommodation in Samoa. 11:30noon O LE PUPU PUA NATIONAL PARK LAVA CLIFF WALK Lunch as soon as we reach the viewing platform. Step back in time and visit the raw beauty of ancient & spectacular volcanic action in the form of sea cliffs, arches & islands. . 1:30pm TOGITOGIA Falls  Swim and refresh yourselves in these small but beautiful waterfalls. Take a jump over the falls - if you are game.  3:00pm MOUNT VAEA HIKE Start at the Vailima Botanical Garden then up the short but steep 275 metre and sometimes slippery climb. Visit iconic author (Treasure Island) Robert Louis Stevenson’s tomb and read the inscriptions. Return via the longer loop through shaded rainforest. Cool off in the creek near the end. Approx. 5:30pm BACK HOME. What’s Included Pick-up • Fruit, Water & Lunch• Personal guide • Hikes • Bathing • All transport & hotel drop-off. GROUP LEADER Samoan Highland Hideaway owner/operator - ex mountaineer/hiker/explorer for most tours. Let’s see if you can keep up with this old “Baby Boomer” who loves life, is passionate about “the bush” and longs for the opportunity to share “off-the-beaten-track” Samoa with you.    TRANSPORTATION Our Outback style 4X4 Toyota Hilux – maybe even ride in the tray (alternative vehicle for larger pax)

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