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Apia, Samoa shore excursions are perhaps the dictionary definition of “off the beaten path.” Samoa is underrated compared with other South Pacific cruise ports, but that’s part of its charm. There are plenty of things to do in Apia, Samoa from a cruise, whether you’re looking for museum tours like the Robert Louis Stevenson’s Museum or time in nature at the Vailima Botanical Gardens.
Entrance to the Museum of Samoa is donation based, making it a smart option for groups on a cruise to Apia who want to stick to a budget. The museum will be your primer to the history and culture of Apia, the capital city, and Samoa itself. Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Apia, and his home is now a well-respected, preserved museum in the area. Learn about Stevenson’s life, writings, and how the Pacific setting influenced his works like “Treasure Island,” and others.
Apia is famed for its markets, where locals craft souvenirs and sell produce and the freshest seafood in the Pacific. The early bird gets the worm at these markets, so to speak, so arriving early is your best bet for the perfect catch. If you’re looking for a better understanding of Samoan culture while on Apia, Samoa shore excursions, you can head to Sinalei Resort for a five-hour journey through villages all the way to the Papapapaitai Waterfalls. You’ll sample traditional Samoan foods cooked in a stone oven, or umu, and watch authentic Samoan dancers as part of your unforgettable afternoon in this beautiful cruise destination.
Love water parks and water sports? The Papaseea Sliding Rocks just outside of Apia are natural waterslides formed from the rocks, and are best to visit after a heavy rain. Swimming and cooling off here are popular activities during the Samoan summers. Closer to Apia is a snorkeler and swimmer’s paradise. The Palolo Deep Marine Reserve is the perfect place to snorkel alongside colorful coral reefs and protected tropical wildlife.