Apia

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The capital of Samoa is a small city known for its colorful marketplace, souvenir shopping and relaxed and hospitable locals.

Apia is a laidback island city where the locals are friendly, the food is fresh and the shopping is the best in Samoa. The capital is relatively small and most locals get around on foot. Many hotels and restaurants are located in downtown, with the markets, museums and central business district all within a short distance.

Apia is often the first stop on a trip to Samoa, as the airport is here and it’s easy to move on to other destinations on the island of Upolu. It’s worth spending a few days in Apia to get a feel for the culture – and shop. The food market in Apia sees families sell locally grown produce such as bananas, taro and coconut. Sample traditional dishes such as Lu’au, made from taro leaves and coconut cream. A flea market in the old market building on Beach Road has traditional hand-made Samoan products. Pick up sarongs, carvings, bowls and woven mats made in nearby villages. 

The dining scene is a mix of traditional and international cuisine. Try fresh seafood and tropical fruit in small restaurants run by locals, or book a table at one of the many restaurants run by expats. There’s a strong presence of German, French, Japanese, Chinese and Italian influences from international visitors who came and never left.

Stroll around the Mulinu’u district, which is the old ceremonial capital. Many of the buildings here are old wooden colonial-style buildings, including the Old Courthouse, which now houses the Museum of Samoa.

At night, attend one of the Fia Fia shows. There are a number of venues around town, so take your pick. The Fia Fia’s are a showcase of traditional dancing, singing and drumming. There’s also the chance to enjoy a traditional banquet, often included in the price of a ticket.

Many come to Samoa for the beautiful beaches and warm waters, and the capital is no exception. Rent a snorkel and head out in the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, which has coral and fish.

When it’s time to move on, book a tour from one of the many operators in town, then catch a boat, plane or bus to another patch of Samoan paradise.

Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Tapatapao Road, Apia
The price is NT$1,035 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Stay at this spa lodge in Apia. Enjoy free parking, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (37 reviews)
"Very clean and nice view of the Apia town and fresth air."

Reviewed on 2020/1/27

Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Beach Road, Apia
The price is NT$6,654 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Apia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (253 reviews)
"I wasn’t stay there but my Mom did and she love it. She was so happy and she told me that she wanna stay there again and a little bit longer.. The place was great and beautiful…"

Reviewed on 2021/11/11

Taumeasina Island Resort
Hotel Millenia Samoa
Hotel Millenia Samoa
3 out of 5
Mulinu'u Road, Sogi, Apia
The price is NT$2,271 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Apia. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.5/5 Good! (274 reviews)
"Friendly efficient staff. Accommodation was great."

Reviewed on 2022/3/10

Hotel Millenia Samoa
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Samoa Rent Apartment House
Samoa Rent Apartment House
3 out of 5
The Cross Island Rd., Apia
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Apia. Enjoy free parking, a 24-hour front desk, and a terrace. Popular attractions Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Apia ...
Samoa Rent Apartment House
Uili's Farm House
Uili's Farm House
3 out of 5
Vaivase-uta Road, Apia
Stay at this 3-star villa in Apia. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Great place, neat and private. Mrs. Peka was extremely friendly and polite. Thank you"

Reviewed on 2019/8/7

Uili's Farm House
Skyview Villas
Skyview Villas
3 out of 5
Tiapapata, Apia
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly villa in Apia. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and WiFi. Popular attractions Baha'i House of Worship and Robert Louis Stevenson ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
Breathtaking view
"Comfortable stay with excellent hospitality. View from our villa was breathtaking"

Reviewed on 2017/6/16

Skyview Villas
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