A South Pacific island city with a distinct cultural heritage, Apia serves as the centre of life in Samoa. With rich coral reef and deep-water marine life, it’s a natural spot for charter fishing, seafood restaurants and handicrafts. There’s also a thriving bar scene along the waterfront, with a collection of laid-back eateries and local markets.
Things to do in Apia
In the city centre, the Museum of Samoa highlights the natural history and culture of the Samoan islands. Interesting exhibits include Lapita pottery and stone adze tools dating back centuries, as well as an extensive look at Samoan tattoos and their significance. Stop by The Vanya Taule'alo Gallery to see and buy paintings, handicrafts and woodworks by Samoan artists.
The Samoa Cultural Village dives into traditional island life with interactive workshops on weaving, “siapo” cloth designs and traditional dance and instruments. Stay for the kava ceremony and a meal prepared in an “umu” hot-stone oven. Literature lovers should visit the home and grave of writer Robert Louis Stevenson and the accompanying museum, which has many of his personal belongings.
Many fishing charters operate out of Apia, so take a chance to reel in a sailfish, blue marlin or yellowfin from local waters. Looking for some evening entertainment? Bars and eateries, such as Sails and The Edge, line the waterfront and marina of Apia and stay lively until late in the evening.
Getting around Apia
Apia sits about 32 kilometres from Faleolo International Airport, which offers rental cars and shuttle buses to the city. Many hotels operate free vans from the airport, while city buses and taxis provide transportation within Apia.