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 edifice has an elegant art-deco sensibility and is capped by a golden angel.

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Nearby Apia attractions

1. 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…

2. Flea Market

0.99 MILES

Down on the waterfront, this steamy labyrinth is packed with small stalls selling craftwork, clothing and souvenirs. Don’t bother to test your bargaining…

3. Fish Market

1.05 MILES

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,…

4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

1.19 MILES

Looming over the harbour, this lofty cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful. Originally constructed in 1884, the building was recently rebuilt at an…

5. 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…

6. Samoa Cultural Village

1.22 MILES

Though this 'village' is open every weekday, it's the interactive sessions that are an absolute must. Knowledgable and extremely affable hosts take…

7. Falemata'aga


The German-era school building houses an enchanting collection of artefacts and displays focusing on four themes: history, culture, Pacific and…

8. Vaiala Beach

1.96 MILES

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…