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ApiaSamoa

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.

Top hotels in Apia

Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Beach Road, Apia
The price is NZ$276 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

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
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows
4.5 out of 5
Main Beach Road, Apia
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Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Apia Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Faleata Golf Course and Papaseea ...

4.1/5Very Good! (230 reviews)

"The staff as always were Super friendly. This is the 2nd stay me and my family have had here. And they never disappoint. It was unfortunate our original room wasn’t available due to renovations. We were then upgraded to a bungalow. Probably wise of them to inform us prior to checking in via phone ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2020

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows
Alec's Hotel
Alec's Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Salanesa Rd, Apia
The price is NZ$181 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

Situated in Apia, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Apia Park and National Parliament. Faleata Golf Course and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (12 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay at Alec Home Away. Our room was nice and clean. The Air Con worked perfectly well. Staff were amazing. Will definitely stay with you guys again when we are back on the island. Many Thanks Hamatupu & Sulu"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2019

Alec's Hotel
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Holiday Rentals in Apia

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$717 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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.
Highland Hideaway above Apia nestled in your own private little valley
Highland Hideaway above Apia nestled in your own private little valley

Situated by the ocean, this resort is within 9 miles (15 km) of Faleata Golf Course, Papaseea Sliding Rocks and National Parliament. Apia Park and Robert Louis ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Loved the kindness of the people. John was great!

"It’s hard to find a place big enough to House 10 adults. There were beds for only 9 so one had to sleep on the floor and the downstairs beds were small. It’s a very nice home and we adjusted well and had a great time. We loved sitting out on the large balcony in the cool of the evening a gazing at ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2017

Highland Hideaway above Apia nestled in your own private little valley
Samoa Rent Apartment House
Samoa Rent Apartment House
3 out of 5
The Cross Island Rd., Apia

Situated in the historical district, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Apia Park. Baha'i House of ...

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