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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.

Birdwatching at Samoan Highlands Hideaway

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Spend the morning at the Samoan Highland Hideaway - a dream destination for birders of all levels.

Your journey starts at the pier where your English speaking escort will meet you for the short scenic drive to the Samoan Highland Hideaway.

The property boasts a wonderful combination of edible and, ornamental trees, flowers, and shrubs to create a garden paradise where these varieties bring in birds of nearly all feeding strategies. The location between the high mountain region and, the ocean is perfect for viewing the birds that fly overhead on their way between those two major habitats.

After a walk around the hideaway you’ll move to an area to sit quietly and observe the birds.

During your tour refreshments will be offered.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minivan and on foot. There is approximately 1 hours total walking on this tour. Smoking and flash photography is not permitted. Please wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring insect repellent and bottled water. Do not forget your binoculars and camera. Wildlife Sightings are not guaranteed. Please wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes.

Birdwatching at Samoan Highlands Hideaway

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.

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Hike

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum to learn about the famous author and his life in Samoa and hike up Mount Vaea.

Begin your tour with a visit to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Museum, former home of the famous Scottish author, who wrote novels such as Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The settings are from the period when he was residing in Samoa. The grounds at ‘Vailima’ are well maintained with local plants, flora and fauna that boasts a tropical haven.

Your tour then continues with a hike to Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave, situated on Mount Vaea. Mount Vaea is a 1500 foot summit overlooking Apia, the capital of Samoa located on the north central coast of Upolu island. Mount Vaea is most well known as the burial place of Robert Louis Stevenson who lived the last four years of his life in Samoa before his death on 3 December 1894.

Your hike takes you around the steep hillside up to grave, where you can enjoy the magnificent view before you descend back down the mountain taking a shorter route.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minivan and on foot. There is approximately 3 hours total walking on this tour. Please wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring insect repellent and bottled water. Please wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes. You must be in good physical condition to participate on this tour. Guests with heart conditions or back problems cannot participate. There are steep inclines and uneven terrain to negotiate.

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Hike

A selection of cruises to Apia

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