Walking Tour of Apia Harbour and snorkel Palolo Deep Reserve
- 3 Hours
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- *Approx package price
Skim the surface then get dive deep on this Apia tour that takes in Samoan folklore on terra firma, then the otherworldly, deep sea beauty of the Pacific via a sweet, snorkel session.
* Take an Apia walking tour with a twist, with a local guide
* Discover all the local tales of the South Pacific that created the rich history of Apia
* Go snorkelling at a marine park right in the centre of the city
* Learn about Samoan culture and the Museum of Samoa
* Take in Apia's architecture as you stroll by government buildings and colonial houses
What's included in this trip
For this tour, good hiking or sports shoes, hat, and swimming gear are best. Please be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Samoa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing, covering shoulder and knees. Women should avoid wearing swimsuits or skimpy clothing away from the beach. Men should wear light shirt, polo or t-shirts with long or knee-length shorts, or local sarong (lava lava).
Tipping is not customary in Samoa, but if you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers, a tip - though not compulsory nor expected - is appropriate. It is generally rejected at first, but will be received with pride, if you insist. In Samoa, we refer to this as <em>mea alofa</em> (a gesture of thanks or love) to your host. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
To say that this is 'not your average walking tour' is a bit of an understatement - how many walking tours do you know of include snorkelling?! Well, that's just how we roll in Apia!
Begin your Apia walking tour by meeting your local guide and taking a stroll around Apia Harbour, the first and only Samoan National Marine Park, and towards a secluded beach. This walk will give you an apt introduction into Apia's history, as you pass the laid back haunts as well as the colonial administration buildings, government houses, police stations, and much more.
After this stroll, you'll end up at the Falemataaga, or Museum of Samoa, where your guide will explain Samoan culture and artifacts. Part of the cost for the tour includes our voluntary contribution to maintain the Museum, so not only will you be learning about Samoan local life, you'll be supporting it, too! We'll continue the walk a little further to check out some of Apia's monuments, and your local guide will be filling you in on more fascintating local stories.
At this next stop on your Apia tour, you'll have a beautiful view of the harbour, and will then continue on to Samoa’s most well known address, a famous hotel and its legendary owner. Here you'll hear stories of the South Pacific, some local tales that are well worth knowing about!
Next stop, Apia Marina and its floating restaurant (yes that's right, floating restaurant!). We'll continue onwards on our walk and towards the Marine Reserve – a marine park right in the city – for a well deserved rest, swim, and snorkel. It's no surprise that snorkelling in Apia is so popular, as this area is full of beautiful marine life and corals to observe. Your local will be able to point out the best spots for you to have a swim around, which means you'll get to see all the Marine Park has to offer!
After your swim and Apia snorkel, your guide will lead you back to town on the seawall, all the way back to where your tour began, where you can spend the rest of your day with a bit of rest and reflection!