Top ChoiceMarket in Apia

Maketi Fou

Maketi Fou

Abuzz with local merchants, shoppers, loiterers and men slamming it down over games of mu (Samoan checkers), this 24-hour market is a must-see shopping and social experience. Though primarily a produce market,...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Apia

Samoa Cultural Village

Though this 'village' is open every weekday, it's the interactive sessions that are an absolute must. Knowledgable and extremely affable hosts take visitors through all aspects of Samoan cultural and traditional...

Church in Apia

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Looming over the harbour, this lofty cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful. Originally constructed in 1884, the building was recently rebuilt at an estimated cost of ST13 million: it’s a hefty price tag for a...

Gallery in Apia

Vanya Taule'alo Gallery

This small but special gallery showcases the works of Samoan and other Pacific Island artists: prints, paintings, woodcarvings, jewellery, and other handicrafts are all top quality, and are all for sale. The...

Notable Building in Apia

Government House

While Government House isn't a thrilling landmark in itself (though the giant, modern rendition of a fale roof atop it is cause for a snapshot), it's worth a visit to see the Samoa Police Brass Band – in full...

Church in Apia

Mormon Temple

One of the most impressive buildings in Samoa is this massive temple taking up 1736 sq metres on the western approach to town. Completed in 2005 after a fire destroyed the previous building, the white granite...

Market in Apia

Flea Market

Down on the waterfront, this steamy labyrinth is packed with small stalls selling craftwork, clothing and souvenirs. Don’t bother to test your bargaining skills here, as haggling is not an element of Samoan...

Market in Apia

Fish Market

A scramble takes place here at the crack of dawn every Sunday to snag the freshest catches for the post-church to’ona’i (Sunday lunch). Unsurprisingly, Apia's best fish and chips are also found here.

Museum in Apia


The German-era school building houses an enchanting collection of artefacts and displays focusing on four themes: history, culture, Pacific and environment. Donations are appreciated.

Beach in Apia

Vaiala Beach

The closest beach to Apia town, immediately east of the harbour. The currents can be strong, so take care and avoid the area marked by buoys where there’s a dangerous whirlpool.