Apia has a tropical rainforest climate with little variation in temperature throughout the year. Temperatures are usually between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius. Although rain falls during most months, June to August is the driest period. In comparison, December to March is the wettest time and flights to Apia can get cheaper, whilst January and March are also the months which sometimes see cyclones hit the Samoan capital.
Apia has a number of events throughout the year which attract numerous tourists to the area. The biggest example of this is the Teuila Festival. This has become one of Samoa’s most celebrated annual events and one of the South Pacific’s biggest cultural festivals, since it was established in 1991. Throughout a week in September, Apia plays host to a number of cultural activities, including fire knife dancing, wood carving, traditional dance performances, cuisine displays, choral exhibitions, tattooing demonstrations and canoe races. If you’re looking to explore the Samoan culture, book your flights to Apia during that time but make sure you take into consideration that festivals, such as this one, may affect flight prices and accommodation rates.
Apia is the capital of Samoa and its second largest city. Founded in 1850, this charming destination is known for its famous stand-off in 1889 at its harbour. Old meets new in Apia and traditional Samoan structures stand alongside 19th century colonial styled churches, government buildings and 20th century architectural structures. The renowned writer, Robert Louis Stevenson’s final resting place was in Apia and the museum in his name honours his memory with an amazing tour of the property that he called home. The architecture on these grounds is striking and his burial site, on Mount Vaea, is open to visitors. A walk up the summit takes around 45 minutes. The artefacts are intriguing and the tour guide provides excellent information, detailing Stevenson’s life. If you are planning to book flights to Apia, make sure to visit the Samoan Cultural village as it is a must-see show. It highlights the cultural activities of Samoan people, such as tapa cloth making, carving, weaving and traditional Samoan dance. During the show, guests are treated to a delicious Samoan lunch and are invited to offer a donation, upon the show’s completion. Lalumanu Beach is ideal for relaxation and Vaiala Beach is a good place to come to for snorkelling activities. The waterfalls in Apia are stunning and Papaseea Sliding Rock is no exception. The children will have hours of fun sliding down the rocks here. This site consists of 3 small waterfalls, which are all very safe. Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, is popular with locals and tourists, who visit to enjoy picnics and snorkelling.
Public buses are plentiful in the city and can be flagged down anywhere in the street. If you are planning on renting a car, you’ll need a temporary Samoan driving licence. Most rental companies issue these out.
Faleolo Airport (APW) has a host of airport taxis available. However, they are unmetered, so to get the cheapest available fare be sure to agree a figure with your driver before accepting. Major hotels provide shuttle bus services and public buses run from the airport too. The bus stop is in close proximity to the airport’s terminal.