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ApiaSamoa

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.

Top Hotels in Apia

Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Tapatapao Road, Apia
The price is ¥2,289 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Situated in the mountains, this lodge is within 12 mi (20 km) of National Parliament, Apia Park, and Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Baha'i House of Worship and ...

3.8/5Good! (37 reviews)

"Very clean and nice view of the Apia town and fresth air."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
Moatoga Hotel
Moatoga Hotel
3 out of 5
Fugalei, Apia
The price is ¥5,846 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Situated in Apia, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Parliament, Apia Park, and Faleata Golf Course. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) ...

3.9/5Good! (50 reviews)
Hooray!

"Love and adore the stay with Moatoga. Clean, enough parking, friendly family business. Just love it...it's a home away from home setting."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Moatoga Hotel
Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Beach Road, Apia
The price is ¥32,610 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

This Apia hotel is on the beach, 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Apia Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Faleata Golf Course and National Parliament. Papaseea Sliding Rocks ...

4.3/5Excellent! (249 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay at Taumesina the best holiday ever. Love the different entertainments and activities on offer during the day and especially at nights. Staff provides great service all day long they're friendly and very helpful, 5 star service."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Taumeasina Island Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Apia

Uili's Farm House
Uili's Farm House
3 out of 5
Vaivase-uta Road, Apia

Situated in Apia, this villa is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Apia Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and National Parliament. Faleata Golf Course ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Great place, neat and private. Mrs. Peka was extremely friendly and polite. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Uili's Farm House
Vaivase Holiday Home
Vaivase Holiday Home
Apia, Tuamasaga

Situated in Apia, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Apia Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and National Parliament. Faleata ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Up country gem

"Quiet and safe, except for roosters, haha! We enjoyed being at this place. A land phone line could come in handy, but we utilized BlueSky. We enjoyed evenings watching the sunset. Either car rental or taxi is affordable easy and necessary since you are out of town a ways. Great accommodation for ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Vaivase Holiday Home
Your Perfect Getaway
Your Perfect Getaway
Apia, Tuamasaga

Situated in Apia, this chalet is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Baha'i House of Worship and within 6 mi (10 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Papapapaitai Falls. ...

Your Perfect Getaway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Apia

Return to Paradise Beach
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Return to Paradise Beach

4.5/5(14 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Return to Paradise Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Matautu. Discover the area's restaurants or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Top things to do in Apia

Forgotten Bay Scuba Tour
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Forgotten Bay Scuba Tour

¥16,045
Per adult
Island Show Fiafia Night Le Manumea Hotel
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Island Show Fiafia Night Le Manumea Hotel

¥2,653
Per adult
Siva Afi Cultural Show - Fire Knife Dancing, Traditional Siva and Dinner
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Siva Afi Cultural Show - Fire Knife Dancing, Traditional Siva and Dinner

¥2,988
Per adult

Reviews of Apia

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4/5 - Good

JAPG

Oct 27, 2019

The Polynesian show at the Sails restaurant up the road was really worth it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 1, 2019

I love it.

4/5 - Good

Jackie

Jul 14, 2019

Everything was great except for booking experience. Expedia should have notify us about the different dates between the U.S. and Apia. Unfortunately, we booked according to U.S. dates. This resulted to the hotel kicking us out a day early.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 13, 2019

Bannana fritter ice cream at the Tip Top ice cream shop was really good!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2019

its beautiful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2019

Apia is