Not long ago I came across the International Tourism rankings and was surprised to see that Samoa is the 24th least visited country in the whole world! In my Samoa Itinerary post, I had a few people comment and say they had never even heard of Samoa, much less considered going there!
Of course, Samoa is a tiny, remote pacific island so it is not the most accessible destination in the world. Despite this, I still find it sad that so few people get to experience its magic! And before you ask, no, Samoa is not just like any other island. I am going to let you know what makes this tiny island nation special, and why you should visit Samoa.
Native Samoans remain true to their heritage and their culture, so much so that many things have remained unchanged for the last hundreds of years. I was lucky enough to get a glimpse into the Samoan village life when I did a village tour with Sinalei Reef Resort. It was amazing to see people living so simply. Everyone lives and works for the community and they have a very close relationship with nature. The traditional houses and meeting halls (fales) are so beautiful and remnant of the intricateness of Samoa’s culture.
2. Unmatched beauty
According to my Mum, Samoa is the most beautiful pacific island (and she has been to almost all the pacific islands!). After having seen Samoa with my own eyes, I don’t doubt that for a second. I think pictures will be better to prove this point.
If nothing else, you should visit Samoa for this amazing scenery. See more pictures of Samoa on my Instagram.
Samoans living in villages grow their own food and have their own farm animals (usually not on a farm at all, bur running around blissfully on the streets) so they know exactly where all of their food comes from. They make all of their meals from absolute scratch, and have manual machines and labour to create the ingredients they need. Native Samoan food is hard to come by for tourists, but you can try some if you do a tour with Chef John Tours, or by doing a village tour like with Sinalei Reef Resort.
As I mentioned above, Samoa is one of the least visited countries in the entire world. That means, there are very few tourists! Almost everywhere we went (mentioned in my Samoa Itinerary post), had few or no tourists around (and I was there in Australian and New Zealand school holidays). It is made even better by the fact that many tourists go to Samoa just to stay in resorts, which means all the more beautiful nature spots for you! This is especially a reason why you should visit Samoa sooner rather than later!
There are very few countries where you can really go and say you’ve seen everything there is to see. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to see and do in Samoa for such a tiny nation, but realistically I think you could spend just 3-4 weeks there and be able to visit all the main sights and attractions. Even if you only have one week you can cover so much (find out how)!
6. Wildlife & Marine Life
The good news is that there is nothing that can kill you in Samoa. In Samoa, it’s not weird to see little geckos scurrying along the walls. There are also quite a few places where you can go and see turtles, which I mention in my Samoa Itinerary. There is also an amazing, vibrant coral reef. I recommend snorkelling with Manoa Tours to get a glimpse at the huge variety of underwater life in Samoa.
Okay, I realise the smack-bang in the middle of the pacific ocean isn’t exactly the most convenient location for a weekend getaway for most people. But Samoa is actually closer than you think.
It is 6 hours away from Sydney, Australia
…4 hours from Auckland, New Zealand
…6 hours from Hawaii, United States
It is also so cheap to get to Samoa from Australia and New Zealand. A quick search on Kiwi Flightsfound me return flights from Auckland (New Zealand) to Apia, Samoa for $484 (around $350 USD).
If you live in Australia and New Zealand, you should visit Samoa, too! It’s so easy. And if you’re not from Australia or New Zealand, when you travel to either of these countries (which so many people do), make a detour and spend a week or two in Samoa! Why wouldn’t you? Find your flight to Samoa now.
After all its been through, from being taken over by German, and then New Zealand, Samoa has done an amazing job at preserving its culture and traditions. It also has so many interesting facts and quirks, like the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson moved there in the 1800’s (and passed away there)! A great place to learn more about the Samoan history is the late Robert Louis Stevenson’s home itself, which has now been converted into the Robert Louis Stevenson museum.
Because of the low population and relatively few tourists, Samoa has very little rubbish and dirt as it is. But Samoans also work hard to make sure their country is clean and well presented, always. From the pristine, untouched beaches, forests and national parks, to the garden toilets, in Samoa, even going toilet is a pleasant experience.
To be honest, I’m a firm believer that every place in the world has something of interest and value. I think that every country deserves to be discovered. But Samoa is one of those places that are hard to come across these days because of how isolated and untouched it is. I truly believe the best time that you should visit Samoa is now, before absolutely everyone finds out about it and it fills up with tourists.itinerary post and start planning your trip!
>> Disclosure: This article was partly sponsored by Samoan Tourism Authority. All opinions are my own.<<
~Has this article convinced you to visit Samoa? If you have been, do you agree with my reasons for why you should visit Samoa?