Samoa Honeymoon Travel Guide

Samoa is an idyllic honeymoon destination, where life is slow and easy and where Fa’a Samoa, (the ‘Samoan Way’) continues to play a huge role in village life.


Stevensons at Manase, Savaii Island
Stevensons at Manase, Savaii Island – Image courtesy of stevensonsatmanase.com

Introducing Samoa

Formerly known as West Samoa, Samoa comprises several islands including Upolu and Savai’i, the two main islands that lie separated by an 18km-wide strait.

Honeymoon couple in Samoa

What to do and see in Samoa

In Samoa, it's easy to unwind on a choice of pristine sugar-white beaches where the only footprints in the soft sand are likely to be your own.

Snorkel and kayak calm turquoise waters and follow scenic coastal trails past traditional fishing villages through lush rainforest to beautiful waterfalls.

Or perhaps ponder the largest archaeological ruin in Polynesia and let Samoa’s unique and ancient customs enchant you, just as it did the great Scottish author and adventurer Robert Louis Stevenson, who once called Samoa home.

Experience genuine Samoan hospitality at a luxury resort or, for a perfect honeymoon experience, stay in a traditional beach fale (an open-plan thatched bungalow) set on a soft, white-sand beach just metres away from the clear waters of a turquoise lagoon.

Read more about attractions in Samoa… as well as what to do in Samoa

Upolu Island

Samoa's most populated and second-largest island offers gorgeous palm-fringed beaches and several idyllic honeymoon retreats, especially on the east coast.

Do nothing at all or share a wide range of honeymoon activities, such as touring the island by rental car or bike.

Discover panoramic views at Le Mafa Pass (285m) in the centre of Upolu and along the coastal road witness a Polynesia that remains relatively unchanged from the days before Europeans arrived.

Hike through rainforest-clad hills, visit extinct volcanoes, snorkel offshore coral reefs or dive a marine reserve.

Savai’i Island

For couples eager to share a honeymoon adventure, this mainly uninhabited island – the largest in Polynesia after New Zealand and Hawaii – offers a spectacular landscape to explore.

Discover towering mountains, untouched and amost impenetrable rainforest, spectacular volcanic craters, lava tubes, blowholes, several ancient archaeological sites, magnificent waterfalls and a series of long white-sand beaches that stretch along the northern coast around the village of Manase.

See traditional sights, such as locals bathing in communal fresh-water rock pools set alongside thatch-roofed villages.

Admire weathered white-painted churches, hike rainforest trails and enjoy honeymoon picnics on a choice of gorgeous white-sand beaches that sit framed by shady coconut palms and tranquil lagoons that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Where to stay

Samoa offers a good choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following resorts…

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's ResortSheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort
Location: Mulifanua, Upolu
Rating: 4.5-star
Prices: from AUD436 per room
Description: Set within 224 acres of tropical gardens, the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort boasts a lagoon-style swimming pool and a day spa. Each beachfront room features a balcony or patio offering ocean views. Daily buffet breakfast is included. Awake to the sounds of the Pacific Ocean in your air-conditioned, refurbished room or suite. Each includes a small refrigerator, an in-room safe, coffee/tea making facilities and satellite TV. All rooms include a deluxe bathroom with a shower or bathtub. Guests can drink and dine at the 5 onsite restaurants and bars. Also onsite you will find a kid's club, wedding and function facilities, including a chapel and both indoor and outdoor conference areas. The resort presents weekly traditional singing and dancing, with live entertainment every night. There are 2 golf courses within 45 minutes' drive from the resort and return transfers are available for an additional charge. The 4.5 star Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort is a 5-minute drive from Faleolo International Airport.

Seabreeze ResortSeabreeze Resort
Location: Aufaga, Upolu
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD385 per room
Description: Boasting private beach access and impressive ocean views, Seabreeze Resort features 2 restaurants, a bar, a swimming pool and free glass-bottom kayaks. All air-conditioned rooms include a patio with outdoor seating. You can spend the afternoon snorkelling, having a relaxing massage or enjoying a facial treatment. Adventure seekers can arrange a chartered fishing tour or surfing trip at the tour desk. On Fridays the free scheduled cultural activities will give you an insight into Samoan life. Waterfront Bar & Restaurant serves a variety of á la carte dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Paulini’s Pool Bar is also a great place to enjoy a cocktail, smoothie or light meal. Situated amongst the garden, Cbreeze Pizzeria offers tasty wood fired pizza. At Seabreeze Resort, your nightly rate includes a la carte breakfast daily, free use of snorkel gear and glass bottom kayaks, nightly turndown service with a small gift each evening, a complimentary a la carte minibar which is replenished daily, complimentary use of a mobile phone during your stay, a complimentary food platter in your room for arrivals after 21:00 and before 7:00. Seabreeze Resort Samoa is 15 minutes' walk from from Vavua Beach, 30 minutes' walk from the To Sua Trench and 35 minutes’ drive from Togitogiga Waterfall. Faleolo International Airport is 90 minutes’ drive away.

Saletoga Sands Resort & SpaSaletoga Sands Resort & Spa
Location: Matatufu, Upolu Island
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD330 per room
Description: Boasting an outdoor pool with swim-up bar, a day spa and fitness centre, Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa offers modern accommodation with free breakfast and wonderful sea views. Guests enjoy free access to snorkelling equipment and stand-up paddle boards. The tour desk can arrange scenic cruises and cultural tours. The luxury day spa offers private massage sessions and beauty treatments. Airport transfers are available, which include a personalised airport pickup and a driver who will provide Samoan cultural information. Your free daily continental breakfast includes toast, fruit, cereals, juices and tea/coffee. The on-site restaurant and bar serves local and international cuisine and features ocean and poolside views. Picnic hampers are also available. All villas have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Some feature a private balcony. Saletoga Resort & Spa is 15 minutes’ drive from Tafatafa Beach. Apia city centre is 43 minutes’ drive and Faleolo International Airport is a 1-hour drive away.

Sinalei Reef Resort & SpaSinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Location: Maninoa, Upolu
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD286 per room
Description: Located directly on the beach and surrounded by tropical gardens, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa offers a full-service day spa, 9-hole golf course and 2 restaurants. The cocktail bar serves drinks by the pool. Each bungalow is air-conditioned and features garden or ocean views, an in-room safe, tea/coffee maker, and bathroom with toiletries and bathrobes. Some bungalows are located on the beach front. Activities include kayaking, volleyball, fishing and snorkelling. Sinalei Spa offers relaxing massages and body treatments by the sea. Laumosooi Fale Restaurant specialises in fresh local seafood. Sinalei Reef Resort Samoa is less than 30 minutes’ drive from Apia city centre. It is 40 minutes’ drive to Faleolo International Airport.

Return to Paradise ResortReturn to Paradise Resort
Location: Gagaifoolevao, Upolu
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD264 per room
Description: At Return to Paradise Resort the most difficult decision a guest may face is whether to swim in one of 4 swimming pools or in the sparkling waters of Paradise Beach opposite the resort. A free shuttle service to Apia return is available on certain days. There are stunning tropical gardens for you to explore throughout the resort or you can appreciate views of them from your private balcony. Each room is equipped with an iPod dock and pure silk curtains. Some feature a private plunge pool. As the sun sets over the ocean, you can sip on a cocktail or have a snack from Rockpool Bar. Paradise Kitchen and Cabana Café offer the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely meal. Guests can take part in regular cultural Fiafia nights, which include Polynesian buffet meals and Samoan fire dancing. Other activities are available in the surrounding areas such as diving, snorkeling, beach volleyball and reef fishing. Located in Lefaga, this luxurious resort is 25 minutes' drive from Faleolo International Airport and 45 minutes’ drive from both Apia Wharf and Old Apia Markets.

Aga Reef Resort and SpaAga Reef Resort and Spa
Location: Lalomanu, Upolu
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD288 per room
Description: The waterfront Aga Reef Resort and Spa offers a private beach, 2 swimming pools and a day spa. All accommodation features a balcony offering sea or lagoon views. A free continental breakfast buffet is included for all guests. All air-conditioned accommodation features a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a sofa and a refrigerator. All villas and rooms include private bathroom facilities, some with a bathtub. The spa offers massage, body treatments, waxing and pedicures. Island tours, airport transfers and cruises can be booked at the tour desk. The restaurant opens onto the beach and features a large poolside deck. It operates daily and serves Samoan and international cuisine. Your included breakfast consists of fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, bread and jams. Located on the South East coast of Upolu Island, Aga Reef Resort is 5 minutes’ drive from To Sua Pool and Lalomanu Beach. Apia is 55 minutes’ drive away.

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Best time to honeymoon in Samoa

The best time to honeymoon in Samoa is during the dry season from May to October. Temperatures average 28°C (82°F) year around. The wet season lasts from November to April.

For more climate info: Samoa Weather Guide

Getting to Samoa

The nine islands of Samoa are located in the Pacific Ocean, around 5632km northeast of Australia.

Getting to Samoa generally includes either one or two stop flights, unless you are coming from Honolulu, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney or Nadi, which all offer direct flights to Apia.

Read more about how to get to Samoa and around the island.

Latest update Samoa honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017

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