The beaches in Samoa are a hidden gem in the Pacific. They may not be as well known as Hawaii, Mauritius, or Fiji, but they offer just as much beauty and excitement.
With crystal-clear water, soft white sand, unspoiled corals, and reefs, these beaches will take your breath away. So if you’re looking for an amazing beach vacation, don’t miss out on Samoa!
From the island of Upolu to the idyllic beaches of Savai’i, Samoa is a beach lover’s paradise. With so many amazing options, it can take time to figure out where to start.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of the nine best beaches in Samoa, so you can relax and soak up the sun like a local.
Let’s get into it!
Table of Contents
- 9 Best Beaches In Samoa You Must Visit
- Frequently Asked Questions About Beaches In Samoa
9 Best Beaches In Samoa You Must Visit
Lalomanu Beach (Upolu)
Lalomanu Beach is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Samoa. The beach is well known for its long stretch of white sandy beach and clear, clean water, which makes it perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
It is located in southeast Upolu, by the village with the same name. It takes approximately 62 kilometers from Apia and approximately 80 minutes to get to by car. The drive offers different scenery the whole way.
It’s also a popular hangout spot for enjoying the beautiful panoramic views, relaxing, and watching the sunset. Remember to bring sunscreen!
And speaking of hot weather at the beach, the locals manage plenty of open beach fales nearby. It provides adequate shelter on a sunny day, so worth it if you’re in a group or have a young family.
Open beach fales are basically Samoan houses with open sides and thatched roofs. Be careful that some locals will overcharge you for renting their fales, especially when they know you’re a foreigner.
You should expect to pay around $50 Samoa tala (approximately ~USD17.90) for staying a whole day in the beach fale (hut).
If you’re looking for a place to stay, there are just a few options. You can check out Litia Sini Beach Resort. It is a 2-star hotel providing fantastic service and value for money.
Read: Best Beaches In Australia.
Lefaga Beach (Upolu)
Lefaga Beach, Samoa’s longest beach at 5.9km, is located in Lefaga Bay and stretches from Falese’ela village to Return to Paradise Resort on Upolu’s south Coast.
It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Samoa and probably the best in the South Pacific. Lefaga Beach is secluded and surrounded by tall palms lined with pristine white sand and black volcanic rocks.
If you are a first-timer to the beach, you won’t believe that the beach was once obliterated by the 2009 Tsunami, leaving it completely devastated.
The 2009 Tsunami was a tragedy, but the beaches have since recovered and are more beautiful than ever. If you haven’t been to the beach in a while, you’ll be amazed at how well it has bounced back.
The clear, calm waters of Lefaga Beach are great for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. There are plenty of palm trees to provide shade during the hot days and the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening walk on the beach.
Did you know that Lefaga Beach is also called Return to Paradise? That’s because it was the filming location of the movie “Return to Paradise,” starring Gary Cooper and Roberta Haynes in 1950.
Several beach resorts are available nearby if you’re looking for a place to stay. I highly recommend you check out the Return to Paradise Resort. It is Samoa’s most renowned beachfront accommodation, the perfect spot to relax after an enjoyable day at the beach.
So, if you plan a trip to Samoa, add Lefaga Beach to your itinerary. You won’t regret it! Enjoy a peaceful stroll on the beach, and swim in its crystal clear waters.
Return to Paradise (1953) Gary Cooper /Adventure, Drama
Vaiala Beach (Upolu)
Vaiala Beach is a beautiful beach located on the east coast of Upolu island, near Apia city. The beach stretches about 600 meters along Beach Road.
It’s not a typical “beach” with sandy shores, but more of a rocky sloped shoreline with large rocks and boulders, thus not suitable for swimming.
You can expect a strong current during high tide. But if you still try to swim at this beach, it would be best to swim near the beach to prevent a strong current from pushing you away from the shore.
If you’re craving a nature walk or just some time by the water, Vaiala beach is your perfect spot. It has a lovely seawall, perfect for an easy stroll along the shoreline. Plus, it’s only a few minutes walk from Apia township.
The Vaiala Beach Cottage is a great accommodation choice if you want to stay near the beach.
The Palolo Deep Marine Reserve is an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling in the Vaiala Beach area. It’s only a five-minute walk from the Apia center. Just go east toward Vaiala Beach, so it’s very convenient.
Aganoa Black Sand Beach (Savai’i)
If you’re looking for a breathtaking black sand beach off the beaten path, Aganoa Black Sand Beach is the perfect destination.
Located on the east coast of Savai’i island, this secluded beach is often deserted and very popular among surfers.
It’s located about 5km away from the Maota Airport, which takes about 16 minutes to drive. Unfortunately, you can only access the beach for surfing if you stay at the Aganoa Lodge Samoa.
It has been becoming an exclusive place for experienced surfers. Did you know that Aganoa Black Sand Beach served as the venue for the surfing competition during the 2017 South Pacific Games?
Aside from surfing, visitors can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, rowing, and relaxing in the local fale. You also can set up picnics if visiting with a family.
Even though visiting this beach is a bit tricky, it’s worth the effort for its stunning views, rarely crowded atmosphere, and unique underwater life.
So if you’re seeking a romantic getaway or want to experience the untouched beauty of Samoa Islands, Aganoa Black Sand Beach is definitely the place to be!
Tafatafa Beach (Upolu)
11 km south of O Le Pupu-Pue National Park lies Tafatafa Beach, an idyllic spot for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and coral exploring.
The vibrant coral and marine life are a delight to explore, and the sand, coral, and fish make for an interesting seascape.
Although the water can be quite rough with waves, the breeze will always be blowing lightly, and there will be small waves. You’ll also have a wonderful sense of refreshment.
Tafatafa Beach is a popular destination for local families seeking a cheap and safe place to vacation.
The well-developed infrastructure, which includes bars, showers, and toilets, creates perfect conditions for a comfortable stay.
If you’re looking for a fale to rent or a place to stay with friends or family, there are a few options available close to the beach.
Brenda’s Beach Fales-Tafatafa or MoegaAmanaia Beach Fales for lodging. You’ll get the best ‘bang for your buck at either location, and they’re situated perfectly near the beach with direct access.
Salamumu Beach (Upolu)
Salamumu beach is a beautiful but little-known spot on the south coast of Upolu Island in Samoa. The beach is calm and deserted, with black volcanic rocks covering the sea bottom and shore.
It’s not really suitable for swimming, but it’s a great place for snorkeling, surfing, and diving. When the tide is high, it’s also a perfect time to test your surfing skills.
The beach is difficult to reach, primarily off-road, so a 4wd will be a good option. It’s around 5 km of unsealed road. But the effort is worth it, as you’ll be rewarded with a stunning beach with less crowd.
There’s an excellent 4-star hotel, Sa’Moana Beach Bungalows, towards the end of the road to Salamumu Beach.
I heard a lot of positive reviews about the hotel – great food, nice location, and friendly staff. You should check it out if you plan to stay there.
Salamumu Beach should be on your bucket list if you want a quiet beach to enjoy.
Matareva Beach (Upolu)
Matareva Beach is one of the best places in Upolu for its clean and beautiful beach. This lovely piece of paradise is located on the island’s southwest coast, just about 2.5km away from Salamumu Beach.
It features shallow rock pools that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Visitors can also explore the nearby coral reef, which is home to various colorful fish, or relax on the sandy beach.
This small beach is managed by Matareva Beach Fales, which provides accommodation for a day or even an overnight stay. It is highly recommended for excellent hospitality and great food.
The path to Matareva Beach is unpaved and difficult to traverse, making access to the beach challenge. But it is enjoyable, and you can see the wild boars along the roadside if you’re lucky!
If you’re looking to escape paradise for a few days and immerse yourself in Samoan culture, Matareva Beach is the perfect place. With its beautiful scenery and authentic experience, you won’t be disappointed!
Tanu Beach, Manase (Savai’i)
Tanu Beach is a popular destination for tourists visiting the north coast of Savai’i Island in Manase. If you found that Aganoa Black Sand Beach (located on the same island) wasn’t for you, you should consider visiting this beach instead.
The drive from the Salelologa Ferry Terminal to Tanu Beach will take approximately 50 minutes by car. If you fly into Maota Airport, the journey will be about 80-90 minutes.
Tanu Beach is known for its clear waters and white sand beaches. Also, it’s popular for its traditional Samoan beach fales. These fales, which local families own, provide visitors with a unique and authentic experience.
There are also many activities to keep you busy such as swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. There are also a few restaurants and cafes nearby, so hunting for food should be an issue.
Several excellent beach fales or hotels are available nearby if you want to stay overnight or spend the whole day there.
- Stevenson’s at Manase – (3-star hotel)
- Jane’s Beach Fales
- Tailua Beach fales – (3-star hotel)
- Vacations Beach Fale – (3-star hotel)
Undoubtedly, Tanu Beach is one of the best beaches in Samoa Islands and should be visited by those who plan to stay for more than a day.
Satuiatua Beach (Savai’i)
Satuiatua Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Samoa. The beach is located on the southwest coast of Savaii and features a long crescent of sugar-white sand.
The beach is also fronted by a calm, turquoise lagoon perfect for swimming and snorkeling amongst the coral reef.
You’ll have no trouble finding this beach – it’s right off the South Coast road, near some villages. It takes about an hour for a 55km drive from Salelologa Wharf.
The nearest and the popular fale near the beach used to be Satuiatua Beach Fale before it was destroyed by a major fire on 6th November 2022 (read the news here).
However, do not let it down. You can easily visit Satuiatua Beach as a day trip from the nearest hotel or fale.
The scenery is truly breathtaking, and it’s worth visiting.
Frequently Asked Questions About Beaches In Samoa
Here are some fun common questions that people (that’s you) ask anything about beaches in Samoa.
Does Samoa have good beaches?
Absolutely yes! Samoa is blessed with beautiful beaches, from black sand to white. Although this article only covers nine beaches, there are dozens of great beaches in Samoa.
Are the beaches in Samoa crowded?
No, most of Samoa’s beaches are quite isolated and secluded. However, if you’re looking for a beach with more people, try Lalomanu Beach or Tanu Beach, which can get quite busy during the peak season.
What is the best beach in Samoa?
Lalomanu Beach is a gorgeous beach that has been favorably reviewed by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it’s easy to see why.
It’s situated among lush palms and crystal waters, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty while on vacation in Samoa.
Where is the best snorkeling in Samoa?
If you’re looking for a spot to snorkel in Samoa, head over to Palolo Deep Marine Reserve. This place is teeming with colorful fish and coral reefs, making it an ideal underwater exploration spot.
It’s located just off the east coast of Upolu Island, so it’s easy to access from Apia.
How many beaches are in Samoa?
There are approximately thirty beaches in Samoa. However, this number can change as some beaches are seasonal and may not be accessible during certain times of the year.
Namua Beach and Manono beach are examples near the Upolu and Savai’i Islands.
What is the best month to visit Samoa?
The best time to visit Samoa Islands would be during the dry season, from June to September. However, if you’re looking for a more affordable trip, consider visiting during the off-season when there are fewer crowds.
Can you swim at Samoa beach?
Yes, swimming is generally safe at Samoa’s beaches. However, always heed the warnings of locals and lifeguards when it comes to swimming in certain areas.
For example, the waters at Aganoa Black Sand Beach can get rough and are unsuitable for swimming during high tide.
What should you not do in Samoa?
There are a few things that you should avoid while in Samoa.
1. Do not leave valuables unsecured on the beach, as they may be stolen.
2. Do not swim in unsafe areas such as Aganoa Black Sand Beach.
3. Disrespect the local culture of Samoans.
4. Destroying the coral reefs or the environment.
5. Finally, do not litter on the beach; always take care of your trash.
What are the four main islands in Samoa?
There are four main islands in Samoa: Upolu, Savai’i, Manono, and Apolima. Each island has its unique personality and offers something different for visitors.
Upolu is the most populated island and is home to the capital city of Apia. Savai’i is the largest island in Samoa and is known for its rugged landscapes and fertile soil.
Manono is famous for its unspoiled reef. Finally, there’s Apolima which is small, that’s popular for its Ofu beach.
Does Samoa have 5-star resorts?
Samoa has no 5-star resorts, but several four and 3-star hotels are available for visitors.
Some of the most popular include the Return to Paradise Resort, Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa, Aga Reef Resort, Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort, Le Vasa Resort, and more!
Is Samoa safe for tourists?
Yes, Samoa is generally safe for tourists. The people of Samoa are friendly and welcoming. That said, always use common sense when traveling and be aware of your surroundings.
Certain areas may be unsafe, so it’s best to stick to tourist-friendly spots.
Is Samoa cheap to visit?
Samoa is a relatively affordable destination to visit. However, the flight can be expensive, depending on your location.
Accommodation and food are generally inexpensive, so if you’re looking to keep costs low while on vacation, Samoa is a great choice!
How many days do you need in Samoa?
Eight to ten days is a good time to spend in Samoa (both islands). This will give you enough time to visit all the main attractions, go snorkeling or diving, explore the local culture and relax on the beach.
With this much time, it’s a great way to get a full experience of island life!
Do you need a car in Samoa?
Samoa needs a better transportation infrastructure and is undeveloped. It is recommended to rent a car as soon as you arrive at the airport.
A car allows you to explore more of what the islands offer and probably go to off-beaten path beaches!
There are a lot of great beaches to choose from in Samoa, but we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the water or want to explore some coral reefs, these beaches have something for everyone.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your suitcases, swimsuit, and sunscreen, and get ready for sun-soaked fun!