One of the many things I love about Samoa is its variety of beautiful waterfalls. Everywhere you go in Samoa, a waterfall is not too far away. Hiring a car makes it a lot easier to get around the islands and is how I prefer to explore, although catching the bus is a fun experience and there are plenty of taxi’s to help you get around also.
Whether you’d like to spend the day relaxing by a waterfall with a picnic, have a quick scenic pit stop on the side of the road or take a dip in the pools below to cool off, there will be a waterfall to suit your needs.
I will post a map of all the waterfall locations shortly :)
While Savaii has less waterfalls than Upolu, it is an amazing island to explore with many things to see. While in Samoa you shouldn’t miss out on catching the ferry here. There are a few waterfalls that I know of in Savaii, however most people are drawn to the stunning blue waters of Afu Aau Waterfall.
Afu Aau Waterfall
Afu Aau Falls (āfu meaning waterfall in Samoan), is situated on the South Coast Road, Vailoa. A beautiful spot to take a dip in the natural plunge pool below the cascading falls. Pay your 5T at the entrance before making your way up the bumpy gravel road towards the falls. There is a little hut to change your clothes but not overly private.
The pool right below the falls is really deep so perfect for those wanting to jump from the cliffs above, however it gets shallower towards the outer edge so perfect for a safe dip also. Closed Sundays.
Mu Pagoa Waterfall
Also on the South Coast Road in Palauli, Mu Pagoa Waterfall is only a 15 minute drive from Afu Aau Falls. The waterfall is unique in that it drops straight in to the ocean below and you won’t find another waterfall like it in Samoa. In fact there is only a handful of waterfalls around the world like it. Entrance is 5T and you pay near the Puleia bridge.
Sinaloa Waterfall is the tallest (not longest) waterfall in Samoa. It is located at Tuasivi Ridge in the largest rainforest of Polynesia and the walk to get there can be extremely difficult. Those up for the challenge can reach the falls from the village of Sili.
Upolu is the smaller of the two main islands but home to the capital city, Apia. Just like Savaii, Upolu is super easy to get around and its pretty hard to get lost. As well as the many waterfalls, it’s also worth seeing many other places including the famous To Sua Ocean Trench, Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Piula Cave Pools and the Papaseea Sliding Rocks.
Many tourists and locals love Togitogiga Waterfall as it’s a great spot to spend the day having a picnic and swimming the afternoon away in the pools. There are three levels to the falls each with its own swimming hole. There are changing rooms & bathroom facilities as well as a little information area, although not always manned. As it is located in the O le Pupu Pu’e National Park, entry is free. Located on Main South Coast Road, Saleilua not far from Peapea Cave.
Sopoaga Falls is located just off Le Mafa Pass, on Main South Cross Road. It is a stunning waterfall viewed from the Puni family land. The family are more than happy to show you around and are so welcoming. They often have coconut husking demonstrations and are happy to teach you about all the beautiful and useful plants and trees on their property. A great spot to view on the way to To Sua Ocean Trench.
Papapapaitai Falls, also known as Tiavi Falls is located on Cross Island Road, a five minute drive from Lupe Sina Treesort and not far from the Bahaii Temple. It can be easy to pass if you aren’t looking out for it as there is only a small viewing area from the side of the road. The Falls are quite a distance away so best photographed with a digital camera.
Fuipisia Falls is the same waterfall but different viewing point to the Sopoaga Falls, however I do recommend viewing from both locations. Both have great advantages, Fuipisia being that it is a closer viewing spot and you can sit right on the edge of the cliff and look right down in to the plunging pool below. The falls are 10T to enter and a nice 5 minute walk from the families house to the viewing point through a well maintained clearing in their beautiful gardens. Another short walk from the viewing area will lead you to the top of Fuipisia Falls where you can take a dip in the river.
Falefa is a beautiful village at the top of Le Mafa Pass. It is an ideal spot to spend a night or two (I recommend Senima’s Ensuite Rooms which is run by the lovely Senima and can be found on Air BnB) as it is close to Falefa Falls, Sauniatu Waterfall and the beautiful Piula Cave Pool which is located at the mouth of the cave beneath Piula Theological College. Whilst smaller & less spectacular than many of the other waterfalls it is still worth the 5T fee to have a walk around and take in some pretty views.
Sauniatu Waterfalls is a hidden gem not far from Falefa Falls. It is a bumpy 7km drive inland down a gravel road but worth the trip. The falls are maintained by the church of Latter Day Saints of Sauniatu and are free to enter. The best thing about this beautiful place is there isn’t as many tourists so you’ll have a peaceful swim in the pools to cool off.
Papaseea Sliding Rocks
Although not your ‘average’ type of waterfalls, I wanted to add this in because it’s a super fun place to visit. Just a 15 minute drive from Apia, these beautiful natural sliding rocks are a great way to spend the day. Best time to visit is rainy season, however I visited in dry season & I was lucky enough on the day there was plenty of water in the bottom of the pools to slide in to safely (maybe with a few scratches & bruises but that’s part of the fun). Even if you don’t slide down the rocks, it’s well worth the 5T entry fee just to admire the beautiful gardens & scenery.
Falease’ela River Walk
By far the hardest waterfall to reach but worth the hike if you’re up for a challenge. The trek can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours depending on how fast you are. You will need to take a guide with you which you can organize through Lalotalie River Retreat. Your guides will take you through the banks of the Liua le Vai o Sina River and around old lava formations. The River Retreat organizes group tours with a minimum of 4 people at 85T each, with lunch an option for an extra 20T.
If anyone has any tips or comments about your favorite waterfalls or places in Samoa please comment below, I’d love to hear! Or even if you’d love to correct my spelling & info also feel free to do so ;D