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Best Hiking Trails in Samoa

Overview

This small archipelago in the South Pacific used to be known as Western Samoa and is an independent nation.  Consists of two main islands: Upolu and Savai’i.  Some of the popular hikes are Mount Silisili, Mount Matavanu, Mount Vaea and Mount Fiamoe. There are also several, uninhabited islands that make up this nation.  Samoa is not to be confused with American Samoa which is located nearby.  The best months to hike in Samoa are June – September. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Samoa. 

Capital: Apia

When To Hike in Samoa?

June – September: Driest period
October – May: Rainy period; cyclone risk during some of these months

Climate: Tropical – which means a hot, rainy season and a cool, drier season; very rainy here.  

 

Samoa Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: Where there are trails, most should be undertaken with a guide.  Not a lot of info on hiking here.

Transportation required: Car; possibly 4WD

Most popular hikes in Samoa

There are hikes on both main islands. The terrain is ideal for hiking (mountainous) but not a lot of info on hiking. Highest Mountain: Mount Silisili (1858 m) on Savai’i.

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Savai’i Island

  • Also known as Big Island
  • Mount Silisili 
  • Mount Matavanu 
  • Other volcanoes

Upolu Island

  • Where capital city is 
  • Mt Fiamoe 
  • Mt Vaea  
  • Mt Savai’i
  • Lake Lanoto’o National Park 
  • O Le Pupu-Pu’e National Park 

Long Distance Trails of Samoa

  • Mount Silisili – multi-day trek

Samoa's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Samoa Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa and Tonga, by Brett Atkinson, ‎Charles Rawlings-Way, ‎Tamara Sheward, 2016, Lonely Planet Publicationshttps://amzn.to/49lrMO4
  • Lonely Planet South Pacific, by Brett Atkinson, ‎Charles Rawlings-Way, ‎2016, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/3J4h2ZR
  • Explore American Samoa: The Complete Guide to Tutuila, Aunu’u, and Manu’a Islands, by Melinda Clayville, 2021, Independently published – https://amzn.to/3PNAazb

 

Best Hiking Trails in Samoa:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Silisili – Savai’i
  • Mount Matavanu – Savai’I
  • Mount Vaea – Upolu
  • Tafua Crater – Savai’i

Easy Hiking Trails in Samoa:

  • Mount Fiamoe – Upolu
  • La Mafa Pass Lookout – Upolu
  • Lake Lanoto’o – Upolu
  • O le Pupu Pu’e National Park trails – Upolu

 

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What Else To Do

  • Beaches
  • Water sports

Other Important Points