Samoa is located south of the equator, about halfway between Hawai‘i and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the Pacific Ocean. The total land area is 1,133 square miles (slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Rhode Island), consisting of the two large islands of Upolu and Savai'i which account for 99% of the total land area, and eight small islets. The land area is about the size of the two Hawaii islands Oahu and Maui combined. The capital and largest city is Apia, located on the island Upolu.
Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore. From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of the two main islands to the vast valleys leading down to a coastline ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches. Within these lush green fertile valleys, grow banyan trees towering above the rainforest canopy which is full of tropical blooms and numerous varieties of vegetation. Cascading waterfalls drop into rivers that cut jagged lines through the valley floor as they make their way to the ocean.
Samoa Weather and Best Time to Visit
Western Samoa's climate is tropical. Although it is in the southern hemisphere, because of its proximity to the equator there is no major seasonal difference such as the summer and winter that occurs in more temperate regions. There is however a rainy and a dry season and a slight difference in temperature associated with these. Another effect of being in the tropics is that the days and nights are of almost equal length, so if you want to get the most out the day you should really be an early riser. Throughout the entire year, Samoa has and average temperature ranging from lows of 75°F to highs of 90°F.
The coastline is a wonder in itself, with sparkling white sand beaches, in some places stretching for miles, and here and there are walls of sheer cliffs that drop straight into the Pacific. Beyond the beaches out into the blue lagoons are the rest of the islands that make up the Samoa archipelago, some inhabited, others with only natures wildlife, protected by the fringing coral reef that keep the powerful force of the Pacific Ocean at bay. While exploring the natural beauty and picturesque valleys and coastline you will find nu’u or villages with their churches, meeting houses and open fale or homes encircling the malae or village green.
The people are friendly and will welcome you with open arms to experience their culture. Laughter is common place and life moves at a gentle pace. There is a wide range of accommodation options to suit your holiday experience. Dining out will be the hardest choice to make with the huge variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. Exploring the islands will leave you feeling like you’re on an adventure. The picturesque villages will leave you wanting to stay and fishermen have plenty of game fish to catch.
Between them the two main islands of Upolu and Savaii offer a range of waves so diverse that every surfer will find one they want to enjoy. In Samoa they all break over water so clear that sometimes it’s only the feel of the buttery-warm ocean that reminds you you’re not going to fall straight through. Even the names of the breaks themselves have a certain mysterious allure. There are places in Samoa to surf like Dragon’s breath, Pudding Rock, and Devil’s Island. Don’t miss out on some of the best surfing in the world.