Samoa is a new discovery as a surfing destination and
there are several promising surf locations. Currently
there is very little competition for waves. Generally
the north side of the islands is better during the northern
winter and the south side is better during the southern
winter, although the southern side is the most consistent
all year. About 75 percent of days have waves since
Samoa is right in the middle of the Pacific and has
no neighbouring obstacles to block ocean swells. The
best surfing spots includes:
Upolu: From Apia east to Cape Utumauu, on the south
coast from Matautu to Matatufu, and off Aganoa Beach
and Sinalei Reef Resort (Siumu) also on the south coast.
Hiking and Tramping
There are dozens of excellent tramping and hiking routes
on the island, including long coastal walks and demanding
mountain treks. Some of the best walks includes the
a)Le Fale O Le Fee, an archaeological site at the
end of Faipule Road which extends south out of Apia.
b)Amaile to Tafaga Beach on the north east coast (there
are many secluded beaches along here).
c)Anapu to Lefaga, a coastal walk on the south western
end of Upolu
d)From Falelatai at the very end of the West Coast Road
to the Matafa'a village road. This used to be a formed
road but has since overgrown.
The two most accessible riding opportunities are at
the Tanumapua Plantation and at Coconuts Beach Resort
on the south coast of Upolu. Visit the Samoa Visitors
Bureau Visitor Information Directory for more details.
There are many very good dive locations around both
islands. In most cases you will need to hire a boat
to get you to the right place. It is best to dive with
one of the local dive tour operators. See the Samoa
Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Directory for a
list of dive operators and contact details. Two dive
locations are accessible from the shore. These are Palolo
Deep Marine Reserve in Apia, and at Aganoa on the south
coast of Upolu.
Royal Samoan Country Club
Located near the Fagali'i domestic airstrip is a challenging,
international standard 18 hole, par 72 course. A golf
pro is based at the course from 6.00am to 6.00pm. Clubs,
caddies and golf carts are available for hire. Green
fees are minimal.
Lawn bowls are played at the Apia Bowling club adjacent
to the Hotel Kitano Tusitala, as well as at the Apia
Park sporting complex. Arrangements can be made through
hotels, tour agents or directly to the club secretary.