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Northern Savaii Day Trip from Upolu

4 (5)
Apia, WS

Northern Savaii Day Trip from Upolu

4 (5)
Apia, WS
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Savaii on this Northern Savaii Day Trip from Upolu. Your adventure begins with a scenic ferry ride across the Pacific Ocean, where you may be lucky enough to spot marine life along the way. Once you arrive in Savaii, you'll explore the island's highlights, including the historic landing site of Christianity in Samoa and the Saleaula lava fields. Marvel at the eerie black landscape and visit buried villages as you imagine the powerful forces of nature at play. The tour also takes you to the Turtle Sanctuary, where you can observe and even swim with these magnificent creatures. Finally, relax and unwind at Stevensons at Manase, a secluded beach and reef perfect for snorkeling and swimming. With its stunning views and delicious cuisine, this day trip is an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking adventure and relaxation in Samoa.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 10 hours - 11 hours
  • Suitable for 2-15 Participants
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Scenic ferry ride with stunning views of the islands
  • Exploring significant historical sites
  • Walking across the eerie black landscape of the Saleaula Lava Field
  • Visiting the Turtle Sanctuary and interacting with turtles
  • Relaxing on a secluded beach with snorkeling opportunities
  • WiFi on board
  • All fees and taxes
  • Lunch
  • There is an extra $50 if picked up from outside given pick up zone.

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Discover the enchanting beauty and cultural heritage of Savaii, the largest island of Samoa, with the Northern Savaii Day Trip from Upolu. This immersive tour takes you on a captivating journey through stunning landscapes, historical landmarks, and unique attractions that showcase the island's rich history and natural wonders. From dormant volcanoes and cascading waterfalls to lava fields and turtle sanctuaries, every step of the way is filled with awe-inspiring sights and experiences.

What to expect?

During this day trip, you can expect to experience the diverse range of highlights that Savaii has to offer. Explore the dramatic Saleaula lava fields, where buried villages tell stories of ancient eruptions and the resilience of the local people. Marvel at the beauty of high waterfalls and mysterious caves, which add a touch of mystique to the island's natural beauty. At the Turtle Sanctuary, witness the conservation efforts to protect and care for these incredible creatures, and even have the opportunity to swim and interact with them.

Who is this for?

The Northern Savaii Day Trip from Upolu is perfect for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and those who want to immerse themselves in the unique culture of Samoa. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, this tour offers something for everyone. From history enthusiasts fascinated by ancient landmarks to wildlife lovers eager to see turtles up close, this experience caters to a diverse range of interests.

Why book this?

Embark on this unforgettable journey and experience the best that Savaii has to offer. The itinerary is carefully crafted to showcase the most breathtaking sights and immerse you in the heart of Samoan culture. With experienced guides, comfortable transportation, and carefully selected stops, you can relax and focus on creating lifelong memories. The tour provides a unique opportunity to explore hidden gems and gain a deeper understanding of the island's history and natural wonders.

Good to know

Throughout this day trip, you can expect to spend approximately 10 hours exploring the beauty of Savaii. The tour begins with a scenic ferry ride from Upolu, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and even spot marine wildlife. It includes visits to historical landmarks, such as the significant site where Christianity was introduced to Samoa, and the Saleaula lava fields, where you can witness the powerful forces of nature up close. You'll also have the chance to interact with turtles at the Turtle Sanctuary and relax on a secluded beach with stunning ocean views.


Travelers who have experienced the Northern Savaii Day Trip from Upolu rave about its immersive nature and the insightful guides who share in-depth knowledge about the island's history and culture. Visitors are particularly enchanted by the picturesque landscapes, including the breathtaking lava fields and pristine beaches. The opportunity to encounter turtles at the sanctuary is often described as a highlight, allowing guests to connect with nature in a unique and memorable way. Overall, this day trip receives glowing reviews for its well-planned itinerary, friendly guides, and the chance to discover the hidden gems of Savaii.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary


This is where you will hop on the inter-island ferry to Savaii. Depending on availability, you will be given Business Class tickets by your guide where you can sit comfortably in the air conditioned area. If you wish to be at the top deck where there is a better view then you will be given a general passenger ticket. The trip will take approximately 80 minutes from Upolu to Savaii and you can get the chance to see the beautiful islands of Manono and Apolima on your left side. If you are lucky then you might also spot a turtle, shark, dolphins or a whale on this trip across the open Pacific Ocean.


This is where the boat will dock and you disembark to meet your guide on the other side that will hold up your name on a board. Disembarking may take a few minutes and then once you meet your guide you shall be on your way and traveling north for 15 minutes. You will see beautiful villages of Savaii and their well manicured lawns as you head to your first stop.


This is where you will stop to see and take photos of one of the most significant sites in Samoan history and culture, the landmark of where John Williams and his entourage landed in 1830 bringing Christianity to Samoa. You will also see the tomb of the last king (Tafaifa) of Samoa which is only a few meters across from the landmark.

Saleaula Lava Fields

Stroll across the eerie black landscape of the Saleaula Lava Field and visit the remains of buried villages. Imagine what it must have been like for the locals when they saw their homes swallowed up by the pahoehoe lava. Despite this sad history, the lava field has become one of Samoa’s major tourist attractions, offering opportunities for geologists and photographers alike. It is hard not to be impressed when you see the effects of the terrifying force of nature.The Saleaula Lava Field was created in 1905 when the nearby Mount Matavanu erupted. A second eruption poured yet more lava onto the field, covering an area of over 100 square kilometres (40 square miles). Five villages were buried, although thankfully the lava was slow-moving so there were few fatalities. You can also see the Virgin's Grave at this stop.

Admission Included


After traveling 10 minutes from the Lava ruins, your next stop will be at the Turtle Sanctuary where turtles that have been caught in nets by nearby fishers will be placed in and nursed back to their health before being released back into the ocean. You can take photos, feed or even swim with them but please do not lift them out of the water.

Stevensons at Manase

Situated on Savai'i Island, Stevensons at Manase offers a secluded beach and reef for snorkelling and swimming. You can enjoy a cocktail at the bar, which also offers a selection of beer, wine and spirits. Lunch is served in the Bentley Bistro which offers Samoan and European cuisine, enjoy your meal with spectacular views of the ocean and horizon. This is the final stop before making the long drive back to Salelologa wharf for the 2:00pm ferry back to Upolu. You will then take the 80 minute trip back and be picked up again on the other side and transported back to Apia or your accommodation.

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4 (5)


The tour was definitely not worth the money paid. I spent $663AUD for 2 people and it was a very rushed tour. Our guide couldn’t make it due to a migraine and whilst Chris was very informative regarding the history and culture, he seemed to want to take shortcuts and end the tour quickly like “turn back so we don’t get caught in the rain”, took us to a different resort that is “closer to the wharf” just to find out his family lived across the road. We did not go to Stevensons nor did we have time to snorkel and enjoy the beach as promised in the advert and in fact when we jumped in the water for 2 minutes, we were asked to leave so we don’t miss the ferry. I asked for 10 minutes in the water and was told “sorry this is our itinerary unless you want to miss the ferry and take the 2 hour ferry back at 4PM. As I said, it seemed like he wanted to get us back before the tour even started. Swimming with the turtles was not enjoyable at all as we had a strict 20 minute timeframe and there was a family with loud children who were tugging and hurting the turtles. Our trip to the lava fields was boring and quiet. The 2 ladies who were asked us down to the virgins grave were more interested in laughing and talking to each other in Samoan than giving us any information at all on our walk. We seemed like a bother to them All in all, not a great experience and spent more time on the tour in transit than sightseeing Savaiis beautiful offerings. Wouldn’t recommend.


This was the best tour we have been on. Chris really knows his country he was so informative such a bubbly, friendly and polite person we had so many laughs. The only reason I give 4 stars is purely because it wasn’t long enough because of the ferry catching otherwise it’s definitely a 5 star I would definitely recommend this particular company if this is your first time to samoa or if you just want the knowledge. fa’afetai lava uso we will see you on the next tour for the other side or Savai’i and I remembered i’a sa not ninja turtle. Lol


Had a great time with Tai and learned a lot about Samoan culture. Was also a great way to see Savaii

Nita M

I'm traveling with my mum. She's 80 year's old, has mobility issues waiting for a knee replacement, and is a bit deaf so I did check with Tai's Native Experience if they thought this trip might be too difficult for her. I needn't have worried. Chris, our cheerful, knowledgeable, and all round great guide made the trip easy and interesting for us. He couldn't have been more supportive getting mum on and off the ferry, or whenever there were stairs. After an early start, the trip itself was great. We loved the ferry ride, Chris gave us just enough history to keep it interesting, the lava field was an easy walk, and the turtles swam right up to see us. We were lucky enough to be the only 2 people on the trip and Chris happily altered it to suit our interests. It's a long, but stunning day, well worth the cost. Can't thank Chris enough.


Amazing to be able to swim so close with the turtles. Our tour guide was lots of fun and told us heaps about Samoa culture which we really enjoyed. We stopped at a beautiful beach and had the most delicious lunch at this lovely restaurant. The only down fall was the tour ended at 2pm to catch ferry back to Apia, it would of been great to spend more time on the island. Would recommend a longer tour if possible.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-23 03:57