Virgin Australia operates flights to Samoa's capital, Apia, from Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland.
Apia Airport Information
Faleolo International Airport is located approximately 33km from the centre of Apia. It can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Taxi: Taxis are located outside the airport terminal, and should cost approximately WS$40 to the centre of town. It is recommended to agree on a fare with the driver before starting your journey.
- Airport bus: A specialised airport bus services major hotels in Apia and costs WS$12 each way. Tickets are available from the government tourist office booth in the airport arrivals area.
- Public transport: Standard buses run regularly to Apia from the main road outside the airport, a short walk from the terminal. The fare is WS$5.
Things to do in Samoa
Samoa is a place of great natural beauty. Renowned for hosting some of the South Pacific’s most striking landscapes, the remote island paradise is home to rainforest-covered volcanic mountains, vast valleys, cascading waterfalls, steep cliffs, and spectacular white-sand coastlines. On the north-east coast of Upolu, Samoa’s capital, Apia exudes relaxed charm. The locals are famously hospitable and the city is easily explored by foot. Surprisingly, Apia offers a noteworthy showcase of restaurants, bars and hotels.
Samoa is an ideal destination in which to rest and relax and explore a stunning natural environment, with things to see and do aplenty. Sip cocktails while relaxing on a pristine pure white beach, or venture beyond the sand and snorkel the reef. Attend a Fiafia (happy) night to feast on a smorgasbord of traditional Samoan fare. Witness captivating performances of tribal dancing, singing and fire-knife displays. Visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and gain insight into Samoa’s fascinating heritage. Explore the sacred burial grounds of Samoa’s most important chiefs at Mulinu’u.
Samoa’s capital, Apia is a small modern city with a rich retail scene. Markets brim with fresh produce and artefacts, while a selection of stores highlight local fashions. No shopping experience in Samoa is complete without visiting the markets. Apia’s produce market is a permanent fixture that offers a dazzling array of fresh local produce, as well as freshly prepared Samoan favourites. Family-owned and run stalls stock bananas, coconuts and taro, as well as a myriad of other in season exotic tropical fruits and vegetables. In the old central market building on Beach Road, Apia's flea market is renowned as a good place to pick up traditional and locally-made Samoan handicrafts. The market is lined with stalls selling hand-crafted wood carvings, kava bowls, woven pandanus mats, and lavalavas (sarongs) printed in every colour under the sun – most of which have been produced in nearby local villages.
In Samoa, food is as much about culture and tradition as it is about sustenance and taste. Meals are social events, where the whole family comes together. Men paddle canoes into the country’s lagoons to catch fish. The ocean is scoured for bounties of crayfish, snapper, masimasi, octopus and tuna. While plantations of bananas, taro, tropical fruits and vegetables are cultivated and harvested daily. Village dining is traditional. Most backyards feature a cooking fale, where an umu – a Polynesian oven – is laid every day to cook meals. Made from the leaves of the taro plant and coconut cream, Lu’au is Samoa’s most famous dish. Hotel and resorts offer traditional Samoan food as well, usually at Fia Fia nights, where buffets are served and complemented by cultural entertainment. Apia also features a vibrant international dining scene, with German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese influences reflected in local restaurants.
Whether it is an ice-cold local beer or fresh coconut cream cocktail, Samoa serves up a drink to suit every taste. Bars can be found in almost all hotels and restaurants, as well as downtown. Brewed in Samoa, Vailima Beer is considered to be one of the best beers in the Pacific region. While notoriously potent kava bowls are served at special events.
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