Samoa is made up of nine islands about 1700 miles north east of New Zealand. The islands were originally settled about 1000 BC by a thriving Polynesian culture. In Apia, explore the colorful Maketi Fou (food market) on Fugalei Street, and the flea market – the perfect souvenir haunt where you’ll find everything from clubs and kava bowls to Samoan sarongs, baskets, and jewelry. Discover alluring blue lagoons, serene tropical beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforests. On Mount Vaea lies the beautifully restored home of author Robert Louis Stevenson. Tempt your taste buds with ocean-fresh fish wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an umu , an earth oven of hot stones.
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Spend time at beach resort where you will enjoy the facilities, local cuisine and a traditional performance.
An approximately 1-hour drive along the coast, heading west, takes you to the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort to spend a carefree afternoon. Along the way, enjoy the views of the northern coast of the island of Upolu dotted with coastal villages.
Enjoy about 3 ½-hoours to stroll the palm-lined beach, take a refreshing swim in the pool, or simply relax on the beach, soaking up the sun. For a taste of Samoan cuisine, a hearty buffet lunch will be served, followed by a ceremonial Fire Knife Dance, an exciting performance in which the dancer twirls a flaming machete-like knife around his body.
Please note: Walking on this tour is at the guests’ discretion during free time at the resort. Aside from the beach at the resort, the surfaces are primarily flat. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Light weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim or sunbathe should bring a swimsuit and a towel from the ship. Swimwear is only permitted at the beach or the pool and is not permitted in other public areas. Guests who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
Embrace the exquisite beauty of the South Pacific during this scenic sightseeing drive along the southwest coast of Upolu, and a relaxing visit with lunch at the Sinalei Reef Resort in Fiafia.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive past Vailima, the former home of famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the Bahai Temple and various plantations via the Afiamalu Pass. A brief photo stop will then be made at the Papapapaiuta Falls, which cascade down into an old volcanic crater.
Next, your tour continues on through the villages and environs along the southwest coast of Upolu. Upon arrival at the idyllic Sinalei Reef Resort, you can swim at the beach, sunbathe or just relax and soak up the warm sun. This beautifully landscaped property offers splendid views of the ocean and verdant surroundings from every angle. You will be served a buffet lunch consisting of a selection of foods cooked in a ground oven, or umu, along with assorted European and Asian dishes. A traditional singing and dancing performance highlighted by talented youngsters performing the pulsating fire dance will accompany your meal.
Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier. En route, you will proceed along a new inland road that passes through lush villages, rainforests and plantations. This road connects to the airport road, which author James Michener described as the "the most beautiful drive in the South Pacific." A brief stop will also be made at the Moamoa Theological College to view the endangered sea turtles on display before returning to the pier.
Please note: Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. Due to limited availability, some vehicles are not air-conditioned.
Indulge your senses with the pristine natural beauty of Upolu during this scenic, half-day tour of the island's northeast coast.
Depart the pier for a scenic drive along the northeast coast of Upolu. Along the way, you will pass through local villages that still observe a traditional lifestyle. Stop for photos at the Falefa Waterfall and Estuary, a former trading post for locals and whalers in the early 1800s. Fagaloa Bay offers you another opportunity for breathtaking views overlooking the coast.
Stop to visit Gina's Tropical Gardens, which features an abundance of native and tropical plants, flowers and fruits. Included are specimens found in the bird of paradise family, along with ginger, axoria, heliconia, ylang ylang, papaya, guava, star fruit, pineapple, and mango. During your visit, you will be treated with refreshments and seasonal fruits. Enjoy a demonstration of coconut tree climbing, husking, grating and preparing fresh coconut cream.
Please note: Due to limited availability, some vehicles are not air-conditioned. This tour involves walking over uneven grounds and uphill terrain, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses from the ship.
Experience a taste of island life in the South Pacific during this tour of Apia's famous homesteads and a local market.
Visit the homestead of Aggie Grey, a famous self-made Samoan woman that started her Hotel business in the 1940s. Her humble beginnings and interesting story is one that credits her survival instincts and business sense. You’ll be hosted by a family member who will give an account of how this amazing entrepreneur started. An opportunity to walk through the organic gardens, plantations and resting place of Aggie and her sisters is of added interest.
You’ll also visit Vailima, famous for being Robert Louis Stevenson’s former home as this is where the novelist lived the final 4 years of his life. Today, it houses a museum and during your visit you will learn about the history of the home and its former residents.
On the way back to the pier, you’ll stop at a fresh produce market where farmers sell fresh fruits, vegetables, taro, bananas, kava, and traditional handicrafts.
Please note: Due to limited availability, some vehicles are not air-conditioned. This tour involves walking on mostly flat ground; however, it is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair.
Experience the picturesque beauty and historic landmarks of Samoa during this scenic and informative tour of Apia.
Depart the pier for a sightseeing drive through Apia, stopping first at the Mulivai Cathedral with it’s impressive marriage of local and international architectural designs that include a wonderful wooden ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.
Next, a stop will be made at the Samoa Cultural Village. Here, you will be treated to a display of local activities such as, a welcome Kava Ceremony, fire making (by rubbing sticks together), Siapo (tapa making – a traditional art form made from the bark of the Mulberry tree & using natural dyes made from the sap of the “o’a” tree & river rocks), basket weaving, printing of traditional designs on “lavalavas” (sarong) to name a few. There is an opportunity to purchase these handicraft or souvenirs made by the village women.
Continuing on, you'll see Mulinu'u, the sacred burial grounds of Samoan royalty, the Independence Monuments, Parliament House, the Lands and Titles Court, and the German Monument, where the German flag was raised during its occupation of Samoa.
Your last stop is at Vailima, the former home of Robert Louis Stevenson, which has been converted into a museum. During your guided tour of this tropical haven, you will explore the well-maintained grounds highlighted by local indigenous plants and flowers. A refreshment of seasonal fresh fruit, water and juice is served on the museum's patio before rejoining your coach for the brief return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes just over 2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those with walking difficulties.Light weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Due to limited availability, some vehicles are not air-conditioned.
Explore the diverse natural beauty of Samoa during this picturesque excursion along the southeast coast of the island of Upolu.
Depart the pier for a scenic drive along the airport road, which author James Michener described as the "the most beautiful drive in the South Pacific." En route, you will pass through lush rainforests, plantations and typical villages with colorful gardens.
Next, you will proceed to Lefaga Village, which served as a setting for the filming of Return to Paradise, an early 1950s motion picture starring Gary Cooper. This idyllic locale typifies a romantic South Pacific island setting, and features a turquoise blue sea and white sand beach with contrasting black volcanic rocks. During your visit, you can swim, take a stroll on the beach, search for seashells, or just relax and soak up the sun. After a lunch consisting of sandwiches and fresh fruit, the village's Sunday school group will entertain you with a special singing and dancing performance on the beach.
Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier. En route, a stop will be made to view the endangered sea turtles on display at the Malua Theological College.
Please note: The beach offers limited changing facilities. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. Due to limited availability, some vehicles are not air-conditioned.
A scenic drive along the north eastern coast of Upolu, introduces you to the scenic beauty of the island. Stop at Falefa Village for a photo opportunity of its cathedral. Drive through Le Mafa Pass, with breathtaking views of the northern shoreline, lush green forests and traditional Samoan villages.
Visit the Sopo'aga Falls & Mini Botanical Garden. Here, you will find a variety of ethnic plants, learn about their medicinal qualities. Learn about the different uses of the coconut in the daily life of the Samoans during a demonstration.
A barbecue lunch is served at the lovely Tafatafa Beach. You’ll have approximately 1 ½-hours to relax and enjoy the sea and sunshine. Go for a swim in the sparkling blue waters, take a stroll on the beach or just relax under the shade of a Samoan fale while your lunch is prepared.
The return to Apia takes you through the south western part of the island. Time and weather permitting you’ll stop briefly at Papapapaitai Falls, which cascade into an old volcanic crater. As you descend towards Apia, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic coastal views.
Please note: Due to limited availability, some vehicles may not be air-conditioned. This tour involves walking over flat, uneven ground. We suggest you wear your swimsuit under clothing, bring a towel from the ship, mosquito repellent and suitable sun protection. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. Although the beach facility includes outside showers, no changing rooms are available; guests may change in the restrooms.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.