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
The price is ¥5,116 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

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.

3.5/5Good! (270 reviews)
Stay was Ok

"Ive stayed here before but this stay was OK. its a good location but our room had cockroaches on the table and fridge."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Hotel Millenia Samoa
Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Tapatapao Road, Apia
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Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is within 12 mi (20 km) of National Parliament, Apia Park, and Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Baha'i House of Worship ...

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
Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Beach Road, Apia
The price is ¥19,293 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

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
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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 ¥43,584 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

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 ...

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Uili's Farm House
Uili's Farm House
3 out of 5
Vaivase-uta Road, Apia
The price is ¥4,737 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

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
Skyview Villas
Skyview Villas
3 out of 5
Tiapapata, Apia

Situated in Apia, this villa is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Baha'i House of Worship and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Papapapaitai Falls and Apia ...

3/5 (2 reviews)
Breathtaking view

"Comfortable stay with excellent hospitality. View from our villa was breathtaking"…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2017

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JAPG

Oct 27, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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Jun 13, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 30, 2019

its beautiful

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Apr 27, 2019

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