Thereâ€™s freshwater swimming available at Falefa Falls, or diving and snorkeling in the Palolo Deep Marine Reserves on Upolu Island. You can take a turn sliding down the natural rock slide that forms Papaseâ€™ea Rock, into the fresh water pool at the bottom. If youâ€™re a water buff, youâ€™ll be in paradise here in Samoa. But, thereâ€™s more to experience in Samoa than just the water.
If youâ€™re an outdoor enthusiast, pack up some snacks and beverages, and head out on a hike along one of the many routes located all over the islands. There are coastal walks for the easy going or mountain treks for the more energetic. You can take a guided tour through the rainforests of Samoa, and learn about the indigenous animals that live there. Of course, if you head out anywhere in Samoa without a guide you should respect local customs and obtain permission for the land owner.
On top of Mount Vaea you can see the final resting place of the renowned Scottish poet, Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson spent the last five years of his life in this remarkable country, inspired right up until the end by its captivating beauty. His house was restored, and officially opened as the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in 1994 commemorating the 100th anniversary of his death.
Western style food is available in Samoa, but for a real taste of the Polynesian culture try some local foods. The national specialties of Samoa are roast suckling pig, oka (raw fish in coconut cream), Palusami (taro leaves baked in coconut cream), fresh octopus and, of course, the freshest fruit around.