Surfing and Sightseeing at Savai’i Island in Samoa
The Samoa archipelago is home to magnificent sights and landscapes awaiting exploration. One of them is Savai’i Island, the third largest Polynesian island after Tahiti and New Zealand. The island boasts a spectacular tropical terrain, which includes rainforests, mountains, waterfalls, caves, freshwater pools, blowholes and coral reefs, making the perfect excursion for those looking to explore the outdoors in Samoa.
With excellent surfing off reef breaks all around the island, Savai’i Island is renowned as one of the best surfing spots in Samoa. Breaks of the villages of Lano, Aganoa Beach, Lelepa, Fagamalo and Lefagaoali’I are some of the well-known surf spots around the island. Its conditions make it unsuitable for beginners, and while experienced surfers would be able to handle the waves, they should be cautious with the undercurrents and rips.
Savai’i Island’s lava fields is truly a sight to behold. Mount Matavanu, the active volcano that erupted between 1905 and 1911, is the sole reason for the lava fields that span over 100 km2 to this date. The lava fields can be seen in Saleaula or the charming village of Mauga, where volcanic craters are abound. Whilst its height is only around one third of the highest peak in Samoa, Mount Silisili, Mount Matavanu and its lava fields continue to draw visitors near and far. Those looking to hike however, can arrange for a two or three-day guided tour of Mt Silisili to experience the panoramic beauty of Samoa.
Savai'i Island can be reached with a 60-min ferry ride from Mulifanua Wharf in Western Upolu to Salelologa, the main port and township of the island. Complete with a market, public library and small outlets, the Salelologa Village will show you how the locals live in Samoa.
For more interesting sights, explore the Alofa’aga Blowhole, Moso’s Footprint and the mythical Dwarfs Cave.
For more information on things to do on Savai’i Island, ask our Concierge staff.