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About Apia

Step straight into a film set for 'South Pacific' when you arrive in the Samoan capital, Apia - it's a magical first impression. On the main Samoan island of Upolu, there's an intriguing mix of historic churches and monuments, bustling flea and fish markets and laid-back residential districts that have a welcoming, traditional village feel to them.  

Around the island are some of the South Pacifics best (black sand) beaches. And to prove this really is a 'Treasure Island', visit Vallima just outside Apia, where Robert Louis Stevenson settled and spent the last five years of his life. There is an excellent museum nearby, dedicated to this splendid storyteller.

 

Shore excursions in Apia

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Coastal Villages and Tropical Gardens

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

This panoramic tour takes you on a colourful journey along the north-eastern coast of Upolu.

During your scenic drive, you will pass through traditional villages, nestled along the coastline, which have changed little over the decades.

A stop will be made at ‘Plum Pudding Rock’ for photos. Take in the sight of this wonderful cluster of volcanic rocks, which has been aptly named by the locals.

Your return trip is made via the same coastal road, taking you through Falefa Village and past the Falefa Falls.

Round off your tour at Ginas Tropical Garden, where there is an abundance of tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees and staples. You’ll be shown a coconut demonstration as well the traditional preparation of a local Samoan dish. A light refreshment of tropical fruits and bottled water will be served before your journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or mini-van. Passengers are advised that disembarking the coach during the stops is optional.

Essence of Upolu

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6½ hours

Capture the essence of Upolu with its magnificent mountain scenery, Sopo’aga Falls, beautiful beaches and Mini Botanical Gardens.

Start your day with a beautiful scenic drive along the north-eastern coast of Upolu stopping at Plum Pudding Rock and a slow drive through Le Mafa Pass (1,700 feet above sea level). The Pass has breathtaking views of the northern shorelines and the scenic drive is through lush green forests, waterfalls, plantations and traditional Samoan villages.

Sopo’aga Mini Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls, our next stop has a variety of indigenous plants and your guide will tell you about their medicinal qualities. You will also be shown a coconut demonstration, during which you’ll learn about the different uses of the coconut in the daily life of Samoan’s.

A BBQ lunch is served at the Tafatafa Beach, where you’ll have approximately 1½ hours to relax and enjoy the sea and sunshine. The return trip to Apia is made via the south-western part of the island, stopping at Papapapaiuta Falls which drop into an old volcanic crater. The scenic return trip is via rainforests, plantations and mountains.

As you descend towards the township to the wharf, fantastic coastal views of the Apia Township can be seen.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 15 minutes of walking. The ground at the Falls is rather uneven. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. You will have approximately 1½ hours at Tafatafa Beach. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Island Highlights

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

This tour introduces you to the main highlights of the island and offers an insight into its past.

Enjoy the highlights of this beautiful island by coach, beginning with photo stops at Mulinu’u the sacred burial grounds of Samoan royalty, the Independence Monuments, Parliament House and other historic monuments.

Another stop will be made at the local food and handicraft market, where an abundance of fresh local produce is sold. A visit to the market not only allows you to see the many varieties of fruits and vegetables available, but also invites you to browse for handicrafts and souvenirs.

Afterwards, you will have time at the newly rebuilt Mulivai Cathedral which features exquisite architecture of Samoan and European influenced designs, and beautiful stained glass windows.

Your final stop will be at Robert Louis Stevenson’s former home, which is now a museum. The novelist spent the last 4 years of his life here and you will hear interesting historical facts and stories about the house and its residents.

Explore the well-groomed grounds of Vailima, the grounds of the Museum, and enjoy a light refreshment of juice and local fruits on the patio.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minivan. The visit to the museum and college will be on foot and involves uneven ground and steps. It is necessary to remove your shoes whilst visiting the museum. Flash photography is not permitted. On Sunday’s Church attendance takes priority in Samoa, therefore the local food and handicraft market will be quieter than usual.

Samoa High Tea and Arts

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Take a glimpse into the art and cultural scene of Samoa, and admire the beauty of the tropical gardens whilst enjoying an exquisite high tea.

What better way to spend a few hours than with a drive through the outskirts of the Apia Township to ‘Vanya Taule'alo's’Art Gallery, which features an excellent array of artwork of leading Samoan and Pacific artists and artisans. You’ll be able to see a range of genres (traditional and contemporary) and media (tapa, siapo, wood, stone, shark and whale bone). The artwork, jewellery and craft displayed are mostly unique and one-off pieces.

‘Plantation House’ is one of Samoa's unique boutiques, and houses original hand-painted apparel and giftware by local and Pacific designer, Marita Wendt. Her stunning contemporary designs in vibrant hand blocked textiles; jewellery, homewares and lots of other gift ideas are available for purchase, for that perfect souvenir.

Tea is served at Plantation House in exquisite bone china, together with freshly-baked traditional delights, in a Samoan "fale"(thatched hut) and gardens. This is the perfect way to end your tour before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minivan and on foot. Please wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes, clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day, and also bring a hat, sunscreen and bottled water.

Samoan Culture and Aggie Grey's Homestead

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Experience a taste of Samoan culture and tradition on this insightful tour.

A brief transfer takes you to the Samoa Tourism Authority Village, where upon arrival you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome in the form of an Ava Ceremony. The ceremony is one of the most important customs of the Samoa Islands and involves a solemn ritual where the traditional drink, Ava is shared to mark an important occasion.

During your visit, you’ll see firsthand how proud the Samoans are of their strong Fa’a Samoa, meaning ‘the Samoan way.’ Local men will show you how Samoan food is prepared and cooked in a ground oven, the ‘umu,’ as well as demonstrating mat and basket weaving and other handicrafts. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase their homemade wares. A highlight of your visit will be displays of traditional dances, such as the graceful Samoan Siva, the lively mosquito dance and the pulsating fire knife dance.

After bidding a fond farewell, your tour continues with a scenic drive towards the Mulin’u Peninsula, during which photo stops will be made at Parliament House and the Tombs of our Paramount Chiefs.

Complete your tour with a visit to Afiamalu Organic Plantation. Take a walk through the plantation and discover the various growth stages of the organic fruit and vegetables. Afterwards, refreshments of juice and local fruits will be served, before your scenic drive back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minivan and on foot and involves approximately 45 minutes of walking, some of which is over uneven ground. The Samoan Cultural Village is open to the public, therefore seating cannot always be guaranteed, and in this case a shaded area is available to view the performance.

 

A selection of cruises to Apia

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