The inland of the island: green and fertile
Driving through the central parts of the island is an experience for itself. The landscape is dominated by mountains fully coated with all types of green colours. Many roads are bordered by colourful flowers which makes the drive even nicer. Coconut and other palm trees complete the unique scenery. Apart from coconuts, we have seen bananas, pineapples and cocoa in their natural environment.
Visiting the inland of Samoa, you can’t travel long distances without seeing a waterfall. There is heaps of them, one more beautiful and breathtaking than the other. But all different. Let’s take the tour:
Falefa Falls are located close to the sea and form a large river which heads towards the ocean. The brownish water makes the scenery look a bit like somewhere along the Amazon.
The next waterfall, called Sauniatu, is at the end of a dirt road which is hard to access with a normal vehicle (but possible). Once there, you can have a refreshing bath in the water basin and the nice little torrent.
Papapapaitai Falls can be viewed from a platform close to the Cross Island Road. It has a massive drop height and is, even from a distance, impressive to watch.
We visited Fuipisia and Sopoaga Falls after a night and morning of heavy rainfall. Around noon, the rain stopped and we thought, the waterfalls must be nice to watch now. We first went to Fuipisia Falls. After a little walk from the carpark, we had to cross a stream which already carried more water than usual. At least the piece of concrete serving as a little bridge was completely flooded. Alright let’s walk on barefoot. Our reaction when we arrived at Fuipisia Falls was like ‘Oh my god! This is unbelievable!’. We both had never seen a waterfall like this before. And the view into the valley which is formed by the stream is beautiful and extraordinary as well.
Sopoaga Waterfall is not far away, just a bit further down the river. You can’t get that close as you can at Fuipisia, but the fall is again nicely integrated into a beautiful scenery. At the viewing area is a little garden explaining local plants.
Last but not least we went to Togitogiga Waterfall located in the O Le Pupu Pue National Park, the first of its kind in the South Pacific region. After a little walk we reached the cascading falls and took a bath in the water basin. At Togitogiga it’s good fun to swim against the current as close into the fall as possible.
Ma Tree Walk
At the National Park, we also had another little hike denoted as Ma Tree walk. We both had no idea what a Ma Tree was, and walked through the jungle with no expectations. Again, Samoa surprised us. These trees are massive! Roots twice as tall as a human being. We even could hide inside the Ma tree roots.
To Sua Trench
Let’s talk about the highlight of Samoa. Something which we would describe as unique, magical and a bit of an adventure. Imagine a big hole, 30 m deep in the earth, the border of the almost circular hole coated by all kind of tropical plants, turquoise water inside the hole forming an invitingly beautiful, natural pool. And, somebody has had the great idea to ease the access by constructing a wooden ladder, which makes the scenery complete. Congratulations: You are at To Sua Trench! As for all attractions on Samoa, a small fee has to be paid to the land owners (and in this case also ladder constructors). The area around the big hole is a nice place to spend some time, with many Fales and beautiful lookouts on the coastline.
Alright, let’s check out this natural pool. The ladder is steep and it costs quite an effort to climb down the wooden steps leading into the hole. But this is part of the adventure! The water is clear but not deep enough for a jump from the ladder at this time – it’s low tide. Ah forgot to say, the water in the hole is actually coming in through a connection to the nearby sea at high tide. However, it’s beautiful to swim inside this magic hole and enjoy the whole scenery.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get lost in paradise: after 11 days on Samoa, we had to leave the island. The staff of our resort sent us off with traditional Samoan music, another thing Samoans perform with ability and devotion. Having never been on a tropical island before, this was a totally overwhelming experience – and so beautiful!
To see the first part of our Samoa article, please click here.