Among the most stunning landscapes in the Pacific, and one of the least touristed, our Samoa Encounter is ideal for travellers looking for a mix of relaxation and immersion in local development initiatives.

Throughout your journey, you will visit Palms Australia’s local partners and see the work they are doing in their communities. You will have the opportunity to learn about the role Australians can play in reducing global poverty by supporting local initiatives.

$3,500 per person | What’s included?*

  • Expert guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Internal transport
  • Entry to museums and activities

At the end of each day, guided activities will help you gain a deeper understanding of the new sights, smells, sounds, tastes, textures and experiences you’ll encounter, and perhaps challenge some of your own ideas.

Below are some of the highlights of this experience. Guests will receive a detailed itinerary closer to the date of departure. Your itinerary depending on transport, weather and considerations for our host communities.


To Sua Ocean Trench

Prepare your camera for a tour the South Coast of Upolu, including a visit to Papapapaitai Falls and a gentle freshwater swim at the Togitogiga Waterfall before heading to the To Sua Ocean Trench.

This stunning pool is among the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world. To Sua is a pool of crystal clear water hidden in a deep natural well and is reached by a narrow ladder leading to the water’s edge. Explore beneath the surface or enjoy a gentle paddle in the lagoon at Vavau before an afternoon relaxing and exploring in Lalomanu.

Lalumanu Beach

Unwind in paradise at Lalomanu Beach. Spend the day exploring the translucent lagoon, which is teeming with a magnitude of tropical fish, or simply admire from the shade of a palm tree.

Enjoy a to’ona’i (Samoan Sunday feast) before spending the night in a fale (traditional house) on the beach. The next morning you can wake up to a refreshing snorkelling session or simply relax on the warm sand.


The capital of Samoa is home to many historical sites to cater to a range of travellers. The Museum of Samoa is a journey through the rich cultural heritage and evolution of the island nation while the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is a must-see for literature buffs.

Travellers can then explore Apia’s many cultural and natural delights. You can visit Maketi Fou, the Samoa Cultural Village, the Vanya Taule’alo Gallery, Falemata’aga museum, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and many more sights. The brilliant thing about our tours is that we are flexible and can adjust our itinerary on the day to make sure you see the sights that appeal to you.

* Bookings made by credit card incur a 1.5% fee to cover transaction charges. Australian travellers do not require a visa to enter Samoa. Travellers from other countries will need to check visa requirements prior to travel. All travellers will be required to complete the following at their own expense:

  • Medical approval for travel to Samoa, including to remote areas
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check

Our Samoa Encounter begins and ends in Apia. Return flights to Samoa are not included in your tour. We can offer advice on booking flights from your nearest airport.

Read our complete Terms and Conditions for more information and get in touch with Palms if you have any questions.