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Apia
Travel Guide

Apia which includes a city, signage and street scenes

The capital of Samoa is a small city known for its colorful marketplace, souvenir shopping and relaxed and hospitable locals.

Apia is a laidback island city where the locals are friendly, the food is fresh and the shopping is the best in Samoa. The capital is relatively small and most locals get around on foot. Many hotels and restaurants are located in downtown, with the markets, museums and central business district all within a short distance.

Apia is often the first stop on a trip to Samoa, as the airport is here and it’s easy to move on to other destinations on the island of Upolu. It’s worth spending a few days in Apia to get a feel for the culture – and shop. The food market in Apia sees families sell locally grown produce such as bananas, taro and coconut. Sample traditional dishes such as Lu’au, made from taro leaves and coconut cream. A flea market in the old market building on Beach Road has traditional hand-made Samoan products. Pick up sarongs, carvings, bowls and woven mats made in nearby villages.

The dining scene is a mix of traditional and international cuisine. Try fresh seafood and tropical fruit in small restaurants run by locals, or book a table at one of the many restaurants run by expats. There’s a strong presence of German, French, Japanese, Chinese and Italian influences from international visitors who came and never left.

Stroll around the Mulinu’u district, which is the old ceremonial capital. Many of the buildings here are old wooden colonial-style buildings, including the Old Courthouse, which now houses the Museum of Samoa.

At night, attend one of the Fia Fia shows. There are a number of venues around town, so take your pick. The Fia Fia’s are a showcase of traditional dancing, singing and drumming. There’s also the chance to enjoy a traditional banquet, often included in the price of a ticket.

Many come to Samoa for the beautiful beaches and warm waters, and the capital is no exception. Rent a snorkel and head out in the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, which has coral and fish.

When it’s time to move on, book a tour from one of the many operators in town, then catch a boat, plane or bus to another patch of Samoan paradise.

Hotel Millenia Samoa
Hotel Millenia Samoa
3 out of 5
Mulinu'u Road, Sogi, Apia
The price is NZ$75 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
Located in the heart of Apia, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from National Parliament, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Apia Park and Faleata Golf Course.
3.5/5Good! (270 reviews)
Stay was Ok
"Ive stayed here before but this stay was OK. its a good location but our room had cockroaches on the table and fridge."

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Hotel Millenia Samoa
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
4 out of 5
Beach Road Sogi, Apia
The price is NZ$190 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
This family-friendly Apia hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of National Parliament and Apia Park. Faleata Golf Course is 2.8 ...
4/5Very Good! (339 reviews)
"Friendly staff, helpful and informative. Lovely facilities, really had everything we needed for a holiday."

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2021

Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Beach Road, Apia
The price is NZ$283 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
This Apia hotel is on the beach, 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Apia Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Faleata Golf Course and National Parliament. Papaseea Sliding Rocks ...
4.3/5Excellent! (249 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our stay at Taumesina the best holiday ever. Love the different entertainments and activities on offer during the day and especially at nights. Staff provides great service all day long they're friendly and very helpful, 5 star service."

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Taumeasina Island Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Entire House That Accomodate 8 People With Four Rooms and Four Bathrooms
Entire House That Accomodate 8 People With Four Rooms and Four Bathrooms
The price is NZ$719 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
Situated in Apia, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Apia Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and National Parliament. Faleata ...
Entire House That Accomodate 8 People With Four Rooms and Four Bathrooms
Uili's Farm House
Uili's Farm House
3 out of 5
Vaivase-uta Road, Apia
The price is NZ$70 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
Situated in Apia, this villa is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Apia Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and National Parliament. Faleata Golf ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Great place, neat and private. Mrs. Peka was extremely friendly and polite. Thank you"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2019

Uili's Farm House
Skyview Villas
Skyview Villas
3 out of 5
Tiapapata, Apia
Situated in Apia, this villa is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Baha'i House of Worship and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Papapapaitai Falls and Apia ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
Breathtaking view
"Comfortable stay with excellent hospitality. View from our villa was breathtaking"

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2017

Skyview Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Apia

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 May 2020

It’s ok but too dirty, too cramped and needs life.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Though I wasn’t born here, Samoa will always be home to me. I was raised the strict Samoan way so it’s always a pleasure to be witnessing the life my parents were raised. Customer Service is really appalling from females at some places.

3/5 - Okay

Sina

2 Mar. 2020

Needs to improve overall look in town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Feb. 2020

Beating city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Feb. 2020

Apia is Apia n don’t compare Apia to NZ or Australia I love Samoa where I was born n I will keep on going back to my home land I live one kilometre from Lalomanu beach but always stay at Mellenia hotel before I go to my village

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Feb. 2020

Apart from the terrible weather since we arrived that cause flooding in some areas of the city. Apia is a beautiful city that have a variety of shops, good hotels and some restaurants that have island food on their menu. Nice city for travelers 

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