Samoa Travel Facts

By | May 26, 2022

Samoa is a tropical island country in the Pacific and is part of Oceania. Not yet discovered by mass tourism, there is a lot of original culture and beautiful nature to admire here. Life in Samoa is simple. Nevertheless, Samoa is an exciting and beautiful travel destination.

Capital City Apia
Size 2,842 kmĀ²
Resident 197,000
Official Language Samoan, English
Currency Tala
Time Zone UTC+13/14
Telephone Area Code +685

Source: Destination Explorer

Fast facts to know

  • Samoa is halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii.
  • Samoa has nine islands, four are inhabited.
  • The islands of Samoa are of volcanic origin.
  • A passport that is still valid for 6 months is sufficient for entry from Germany. As a rule, proof of the return flight ticket and sufficient financial means must be provided.
  • In order to be allowed to drive a car in Samoa, a provisional Samoan driver’s license is required, which can be obtained locally on presentation of an international driver’s license.
  • In 2009, traffic was switched from right-hand to left-hand traffic.
  • The road network is poorly developed, only about 20% are tarred.
  • Residents are largely Christian and generally very conservative.
  • Around 60% are Congregationalists, 20% are Catholics and 30% are Protestants.
  • The Samoan family attends Sunday morning worship. Then you have lunch together and let the day end relaxed.
  • Samoa offers perfect water sports opportunities.
  • Original Polynesian culture was largely preserved.
  • The famous “Treasure Island” was inspired by Samoa.
  • One of the most popular sports is Kilikiti.
  • Tattooing is part of Samoan culture.
  • Beautiful nature, exciting volcanic islands, green rainforests, beautiful beaches.
  • Traditional Samoan houses have no walls.
  • The power supply is 230 volts AC, 60 Hertz. The sockets are suitable for Type I plugs with three flat pins.
  • Drink water only in bottled form.
  • Special vaccinations are not necessary, the usual travel vaccinations are recommended.
  • Samoa is considered a safe travel destination, but is one of the poorer countries in the world.

Exciting cities in Samoa

  • Apia (only real city)
  • Vaitele
  • Faleasiu

Important islands in Samoa

  • Apia (only real city)
  • Vaitele
  • Faleasiu

History of Samoa

  • 1000 BC BC earliest proven settlement.
  • 940 to 1250 Samoa is ruled by Tonga.
  • 1722 Dutchman Jakob Roggeveen is the first European to reach Samoa.
  • From 1830 control and proselytizing by the British London Missionary Society.
  • 1839 first American consulate.
  • 1847 first British consulate.
  • 1861 the German merchant August Unshelm is appointed consul on the island of Upolu.
  • In the years that followed, brisk trade intensified the competitive situation between the USA, Great Britain and Germany.
  • In 1888 internal tensions led to the Samoan War.
  • 1889 Samoa recognized as a formally independent kingdom under the Protectorate of the Three Powers.
  • 1899 Samoa Treaty leads to the division of the archipelago between Germany and the USA; Great Britain is compensated with other Pacific islands.
  • New Zealand permanently occupies Western Samoa during World War I.
  • 1962 Western Samoa becomes the first Polynesian country to become independent again.
  • 1970 Western Samoa becomes a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1977 State name changed from Western Samoa to Samoa.
  • 2009 severe earthquake and tsunami hit Samoa.
  • 2019 severe measles epidemic.

Climate & travel weather in Samoa

  • Tropical climate.
  • Uniformly warm all year round, but also humid with a lot of precipitation.
  • Warm water temperatures all year round.
  • Rainy season from November to April.
  • Short showers but also in the dry season.
  • Severe hurricanes possible, although not a primary hurricane area.
  • Recommended travel time:
    • June July August

Ideas for trips in Samoa

  • Apia:
    • Mulivai Cathedral
    • Colonial style buildings
    • Apia Clock Tower
  • Archaeological site Tia Sen ancient mound.
  • Experience fire dancers.
  • Do a canopy hike.
  • Swim in the To-Sua Ocean Trench.

Food & Drink in Samoa

  • Traditionally, seafood, suckling pig, chicken, breadfruit and exotic fruits feature on the menu.
  • Also often processed: plantains, taro, tamu.
  • Coconut cream is the only way to make sauce.
  • Turtle, fish, lobster are also eaten with pleasure.
  • Cooking over an open fire or in an earthen oven is typical.
  • Nowadays, however, rice, flour, sugar, canned goods and frozen products are also making their way into Samoa.
  • National drink is kava.
  • Typical dishes:
    • Roast suckling pig.
    • Palusami (young taro leaves baked in coconut cream).
    • Oka (raw fish in coconut cream).
    • Fresh seafood including squid and tuna.

Particularly scenic

  • Sopoga waterfall near Upolu.
  • Togitogiga Waterfall, Upolu.
  • Piula Cave Pool, Upolu.
  • Afu Aau Waterfall on Savaii Island.
  • Lalomanu Beach.

Samoa Travel Facts