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.

Hotel Millenia Samoa
Hotel Millenia Samoa
3 out of 5
Mulinu'u Road, Sogi, Apia
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥5,329 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in the heart of Apia, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from National Parliament and within 3 mi (5 km) of Apia Park and Faleata Golf Course.
3.5/5 Good! (273 reviews)
"everything was great"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Hotel Millenia Samoa
Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Beach Road, Apia
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥35,280 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (251 reviews)
"Love it"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Taumeasina Island Resort
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
4 out of 5
Beach Road Sogi, Apia
The price is ¥12,938 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
This family-friendly Apia hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of National Parliament and Apia Park. Faleata Golf Course is 2.8 ...
4/5 Very Good! (340 reviews)
"Friendly staff, helpful and informative. Lovely facilities, really had everything we needed for a holiday."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
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.
Entire House that accomodate 8 people with four rooms and four bathrooms.
Entire House that accomodate 8 people with four rooms and four bathrooms.
Apia, Tuamasaga
The price is ¥45,392 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Situated in Apia, this vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Apia Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and National Parliament. Faleata ...
Entire House that accomodate 8 people with four rooms and four bathrooms.
Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Apia, Tuamasaga
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Faleata Golf Course, Papaseea Sliding Rocks, and National Parliament. Apia Park and Robert ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Home Away from Home in Apia Highlands
"We are 2 couples who recently spent 3 nights at the Fale during our 14 day Samoa adventures in August 2018. We loved waking up to the birds and the beautiful tropical vegetation of the Highland Hideaway, sitting out on the covered balcony in the sunshine for breakfast pre dinner drinks and for dinner. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2018

Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Samoa Rent Apartment House
Samoa Rent Apartment House
3 out of 5
The Cross Island Rd., Apia
Situated in the historical district, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Apia Park. Baha'i House ...
Samoa Rent Apartment House
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