Samoa Wildlife, Waterfalls and Rainforests

When describing the natural wonders on the islands of Samoa – three words come to mind – wildlife, waterfalls and rainforests.

Samoa in the South Pacific is home to a number of unique birdlife species including the now rare Pacific pigeons. Other wildlife to see include green turtles who use the beaches around the islands for their nesting. The Auala Green Turtle Conservation Program run by the Auala Women’s Committee is helping to protect these endangered turtles.

Due to the Samoa weather generating high rainfall, waterfalls cascade down the soaring volcanic mountains on the Samoan Islands, with the most well-known waterfall being the Papase'ea Sliding Rocks on Upolo, a natural rock waterslide down a waterfall landing into the deep rock pool below. These sliding rocks are found near Apia in Samoa. Other beautiful waterfalls in Samoa include the Papapapai-Uta Fuipisia, Togitogiga and Mu Pagoa waterfalls.

To explore rainforests along the mountains that dot a map of Samoa, head to Le Pupu-Pue National Park in Upolo with its numerous walking tracks to sites including Mt Fito and Mt Lepu-e. Other great walks include the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve on Savaii Island where you can walk across a rainforest canopy walkway strung between two large Banyan trees.

On Savaii you can explore deep caves and lava tubes where Samoan villagers shelter during hurricanes.

Travel to Samoa is through a range of international air services with direct flights to Apia. Travel around Samoa to visit these natural wonders is generally via taxi or through Samoan car rental.