Accommodation in Apia

Apia, with 40,000 inhabitants, is the capital of (Western) Samoa. The city has a port, colorful market and several buildings built in colonial style. Because of its rich variety of restaurants, bars and shops, the city in the eyes of many local Samoans is seen as overwhelming. But for most tourists Apia offers a welcome change after the many small, picturesque villages, you will find elsewhere on the main island of Upolu and Savai’i.

Samoa has been in the hands of Germany, New Zealand and the United States. This influence is reflected in the colonial buildings in Apia. Especially the stately Aggie Grey’s Hotel exudes the atmosphere of the past. The well-known hotel on the harbor of Apia grabs everyone’s attention. With her white verandas and balconies the Aggie Grey’s Hotel seems to come directly from a movie. Within adorn Samoan carvings and fabrics with traditional floral motifs spaces.

Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and accomodation in Samoa for all budgets!

Le Manumea Hotel
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Le Manumea Hotel

“Tanoa Tusitala Hotel is 27 km from Faleolo International Airport and just 10 minutes drive from the Fagali’i Golf Club. This is a comfortable base to explore Apia and its surroundings. ”

Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
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Tanoa Hotel

“The recently renovated hotel is located on Beach Road in Apia, a short walk from the center. The 95 renovated rooms are air conditioned and have a balcony or terrace.”

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Markets, Apia 1. Maketi Fou Market

The town’s three main markets are a lively cultural experience in themselves, especially the main market. This dirty, noisy, 24-hour bazaar is almost always jammed with locals lugging vegetables, meat and groceries, and devouring deep-fried delights. You will also find a great array of local arts and crafts.

Snorkelling apia2. Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

In Apia you will find one of the better beaches of Samoa. The shells and pieces of coral crunching under your feet as you walk into the azure water Vaiala Beach is a perfect way to spend your day. To discover the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve you can hire a mask and snorkel and off you go.

Robert Louis Stevenson House3. Robert Louis Stevenson House
To the south of Apia – in the hills near Valima- is the RL Stevenson House. The author of “Treasure Island” and ” Queer history of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde” lived for years in Samoa. Robert Louis Stevenson – born in Scotland, the son of a wealthy manufacturer steam engine – is idolized by Samoans. His former home has been transformed into a museum.

Travelling around ‘Upolu by car is easy, but getting around by bus is time-consuming. If travelling on public transport, don’t try to visit too many places in a single day. A good rule of thumb is to allow an entire day for each excursion to a point of interest beyond the environs of Apia.