Samoa has a Tropical climate. There are two seasons. The wet season runs from December to April when temperatures average 29 degrees. The dry season extends from May to November. Temperatures are slightly cooler, averaging 22 degrees. Cyclones are a risk between November and April.
When to fly to Samoa
May to October is high season. December to mid-January is also a busy period. This is school holiday time when Samoans return from Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
There's not really a low season on Samoa, but during the rainy season (with the exception of December to mid- January) there are not as many tourists.
Samoa insider information
- Robert Louis Stevenson, the 19th-century novelist and poet, who wrote Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kidnapped, spent his final years on the Villa Vailima estate. The 314-acre site is now a museum. Stevenson was much loved by Samoans and called Tusitala, which means "Teller of Tales".
- The Aleipata District on Upolu has the most wonderful beaches. The snorkelling, swimming and kayaking are great.
- Tipping is not encouraged on Samoa, but there are custom fees to visit beaches and historical sites. Nude and topless swimming and sunbathing is prohibited. Visitors are expected to wear a lavalava (sarong) pants or shorts and teeshirt if visiting the village from the beach.
- The Papase'ea Sliding Rocks in Seesee are about 5km outside of Apia. The entry fee to these natural waterslides is just a couple of dollars.
- Surfing hot spots on Savaii are Lano, Ananoa Beach, Manase and Fagamalo. On Upolu, surf between Apia east and Cape Utumauu, or between Matautu and Matatufu.