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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.

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.

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.


A selection of cruises to Apia