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If you're looking for paradise, it's time to head to the South Pacific shores of Samoa. Behind every cluster of palm trees lies a beautiful stretch of golden beach. There are countless sunny Samoan spots to fall in love with, but here's our countdown of the five we recommend the most.
5. Manase Beach
There’s nowhere better to adjust to island time than at Manase Beach on the north of Savali Island. It’s quiet, isolated and the gentle breeze, along with the waves and inhabitants, move at a tortoise pace. There’s no need to rush here, it’s all about relaxing on the blonde beach, swimming in perfectly sedate waters and snorkelling in a crystal clear lagoon. Big, bright buses are an easy option for getting to and from Manase, but it won’t come as any surprise that most of the drivers knock off after lunch. Well, with all that enticing sand and ocean, do you really blame them?
What we love: The water is so clear, snorkelling visibility provides the wow factor.
4. Lalomanu Beach
On Upolu, Samoa's most populated island, you'll find Lalomanu Beach nestled in the south-east. This is one beach not to be missed off your Samoan bucket list, as it's as picture-perfect as a postcard. Plunge into the crystalline waters or simply lounge on the soft sand with a good read. Don't forget about the part where you sip on tropical fruity cocktails!
What we love: Stay in Lalomanu and take a day trip to Namua Island. Just a little further north, this is where you can swim with green turtles.
3. Aganoa Black Sand Beach
For those craving a little more adventure with their beach journey, Aganoa Black Sand Beach is a great option. The only land access to its pristine shore is via a rather rough and ready 4WD track, however it can also be accessed by boat from nearby Maninoa. Once you're there, you can check out the sheer variety of life under the water with a spot of snorkelling. What we love: Jaw dropping formations of gently swaying coral, schools of colourful fish and other marine animals.
2. Cape Mulinu'u
Located on Samoa's largest island of Savai'i, Cape Mulinu'u has both natural beauty and historical significance. It's the country's westernmost location, and local legend tells that the dead pass into the underworld here, although you'll likely be too distracted by the palm-fringed golden shores to be worried about that. The surrounding landscape is also incredibly impressive, built up over time from deposits of ash and other debris; drawing comparisons to the landscape of the moon, it has to be seen to be believed.
What we love: Some travellers also know this place as one of the last places in the world to watch the sunset. Spend a long, languid day here before saying goodnight to the sun.
1. Lano Beach
Hey, take the bus, it’s fun. And cheap too! Lano Beach resides in the east of Savaii Island and most buses heading in that direction will stop there. The most regular is the Puapua bus - simply ask the driver to drop you off at the beach. Which by the way, is about as picturesque as they come. You know the drill – perfectly tranquil water (of course it’s turquoise), a long stretch of soft white sand and nothing but carefree vibes. Take a load off and enjoy Samoa’s finest asset; total serenity.
What we love: Friendly locals - so laid-back they’re almost horizontal.
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