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Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa

Let’s go chasing waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa!

“Ian, your driving is so bumpy!

“It’s not me it’s the road!” Ian replies, whipping along the little roads and trying to avoid the big pot holes.

Have you been to Samoa?  If you haven’t then the top thing on your list to do, would be to go chasing waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa.  Compared to the Samoan island Savai’i, Upolu may be smaller but makes up for it with the lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and of course, waterfalls.  There’s so much to see and do around the island – but ultimately be mesmerised by the stunning views of the various waterfalls.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Top of Fuipisia falls


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Pretty tropical flower


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Immaculate kept garden

The best way of chasing waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa is to hire a car.  We hired a car from our resort and just followed the map … easy peasy!  It’s so simple as there’s only single roads on the island and you end up doing a loop around where the waterfalls are located.

Let’s show you the five waterfalls we discovered during our stay in Samoa.

Sopoaga Waterfall

Now, if you happen to be staying at Seabreeze resort, this will be the first waterfall you’ll stop at.  As you drive through Lofotaga village, you’ll notice the sign for Sopoaga Falls.  It’ll seem as if you’re driving into and then parking in someone’s driveway – well you are 😉  Please remember to pay the guy or girl before heading down the garden.  We followed the path through the garden and immediately noticed how immaculate the garden was.  Seriously, not one grass blade out of place … the pretty garden was well cared for and you could tell that the owner took pride in his property.  And what did we see at the end of the footpath?  The most beautiful waterfall surrounded by a stunning green landscape.  You could even hear the power of the water pummeling down into the pool below from our lofty viewpoint.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Wow! Beautiful waterfall


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Well kept garden

To take in the beautiful view of the waterfall, there was a small viewing area to relax and be whisked away with your head in the clouds.  Of course, there was an obligatory selfie!  (Not another selfie says Ian!)

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Quick pic beside the sign


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Sopoaga falls

Price: $5 per person

Fuipisa Waterfall

From the village of Lofotago, continue along the road and the second stop is for Fuipisa Waterfall.  The guy pointed to the direction for the waterfall, through his lush tropical garden.  Again, the garden was immaculately kept, dotted with bright and colourful tropical flowers and plants.  I was so busy taking photos of the beautiful garden, my flip flop got stuck in the mud and I almost fell flat on my face!  That’ll teach me to watch where I’m walking.  I had forgotten that it had rained during the night so the area was a little boggy.  We could hear the sound of the waterfall in the background as we approached.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Walking through the garden to Fuipisa Falls


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Crossing the little river

Wow!  Set amidst the tropical rainforest and there it was … a 55m high waterfall tumbling down.  I wouldn’t mind having one of these at the end of my garden. Stunning views of the Fuipisa waterfall.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Fuipisia Falls


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Lush green landscape

Follow the muddy track down on the right and you’ll end up at the top of the waterfall.  Isn’t this a pretty sight!  Walk across the large stones but just be careful you don’t fall in.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Can you see the waterfall?


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Top of the waterfall


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

So serene!

Price: $10 per person

Falefa Waterfall

Falefa waterfall is on the way to Piula Caves and we somehow managed to miss the sign twice!  For us, this waterfall wasn’t as extravagant compared to the others with the entrance hidden away through a small gate where you can drive in and park.  Walking through the magical garden, follow the steps down to reach the side of the river with views of a small cascading waterfall on your right.  Head to the Falefa bridge for a closer view of the waterfall.  There are fales there where you can purchase drinks and relax by the river.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Path through the tropical garden


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Falefa falls


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Relaxing area perfect for a picnic

Price: $5 per person

Papapapaitai Waterfall

This is the one not to be missed!  From Apia drive south past ‘The Shrine of the Three Hearts’ and ‘Bahia Temple’ and don’t miss the sign!  Again we ended up doing an emergency stop, almost driving past it – good job we were the only ones on the road 😉  The sign post did look a little worse for wear, so it couldn’t be helped!  You’ll find parking off road on the right with the waterfall in the background.  Hands down this dramatic waterfall is definitely worth seeing. 

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

View of the waterfall from the view point

The view point gives way to a stunning view of the amazing waterfall cascading down into a gorge.  Papapapaitai Waterfall is 100m high, making this the longest waterfall in Samoa.  If you’re looking for picture perfect views of waterfalls, then definitely visit here!  Oh, and did I mention that this is free to visit!

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Papapapaitai Falls

Togitogiga Waterfall

To reach Togitogiga waterfall it’s a little bit tricky and can be easy missed (seems to be theme here).  Drive along the unsealed road for ‘O Le Pupu-Pu’e National Park’ and park up as the rest of the way is on foot.  Walk along the rugged footpath, through the tropical gardens and you’ll be met by a gentle cascading waterfall feeding into the swimming holes.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Waterfall cascading into a swimming hole


Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Water flowing into the swimming holes

When we arrived there were only a couple of people splashing around in the swimming hole.  What a wonderful hidden spot to relax, have a picnic and cool off from the heat.  If you’re brave enough, try leaping off the waterfall.  The water in the swimming area is clear and refreshing.  There are changing rooms and toilets available too.  Again this is free to visit.

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Ian heading off to the waterfall

Tips:

  • Remember to bring cash ( small denominations) to pay for the entrance fees.  Note that Papapapaitai and Togitogiga waterfalls are free to visit.
  • Wear trainers or water shoes to access Togitogiga waterfall with the path being uneven and sometimes wet & a little slippery.
  • We highly recommend hiring a car to explore the island.  This way you can explore each waterfall at your own pace.
  • Watch out for the signpost for the waterfalls.  Some were very small or almost unreadable – a few times we were driving back and forth trying to spot them.
Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Sign for Papapapaitai Falls

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Chasing waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa was so much fun!  We thoroughly enjoyed hiring a car and exploring the island at our own pace.  Some of the waterfalls were truly spectacular, hidden at the end of a tropical garden and surrounded by lush green landscape.  Samoa does really have some of the most beautiful waterfalls.

Have you chased waterfalls in Samoa?  Where’s your favourite waterfall?

 

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Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

Chasing Waterfalls on Upolu Island, Samoa – WhodoIdo: Upolu is made up of lush green rainforests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Walk through the tropical gardens and be mesmerised by the spectacular waterfalls. Check out the beautiful waterfalls we discovered on Upolu!

28 Comments

  • Monidipa Dutta 09/05/2018 (20:49)

    Thanks for the tips.

    • Lana
      Lana 09/05/2018 (21:04)

      Thank you for commenting 😉

  • Jessica Lauren Vine 20/04/2018 (20:37)

    These are gorgeous. Wow. I definitely am putting this on my list of places to visit. <3

    • Lana
      Lana 21/04/2018 (09:00)

      The waterfalls are pretty spectacular! Worth putting on your list 🙂

  • Emily 08/04/2018 (20:28)

    Wow, you got some incredible photos! I wish I’d been fortunate enough to see more waterfalls but the truth is I’ve seen very little! Upolu Island has a really beauty of one though!

    • Lana
      Lana 08/04/2018 (20:58)

      Upolu island does have stunning waterfalls. Ian chose Samoa as part of our honeymoon … such an incredible place! 🙂

  • Jenny - Local Goes Global 08/04/2018 (13:28)

    Such luscious shots! I can’t get over how vibrant and beautiful everything is!

    • Lana
      Lana 08/04/2018 (13:42)

      Samoa does have beautiful lush landscape. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Lauren Pears 02/04/2018 (19:13)

    Samoa looks lush! Its somewhere that has been on my radar for a while now, and I definitely hope to visit one day soon. The waterfalls look amazing.

    • Lana
      Lana 02/04/2018 (20:08)

      It’s only a 4 hour flight from Sydney. It’s like paradise 😉

  • Constance 02/04/2018 (18:37)

    Samoa looks so pretty! How cool that beautiful waterfalls just hide inside people’s gardens. You’re definitely making me wanna go to Samoa!

    • Lana
      Lana 02/04/2018 (18:47)

      Isn’t it amazing that these stunning waterfalls are at the bottom of the gardens! Definitely visit Samoa 🙂

  • Chasa Fulkerson 02/04/2018 (18:28)

    This place is beautiful! I love hiking to waterfalls! I would love to visit the Papapapaitai Waterfall.

    • Lana
      Lana 02/04/2018 (18:30)

      We almost drove past Papapapaitai Waterfall! This was one of my favourites 😉

  • Yeah Lifestyle 02/04/2018 (16:18)

    Samoa looks so green and beautiful and the waterfalls are something else. I would love to head there with my family to discover its wonders.

    • Lana
      Lana 02/04/2018 (18:00)

      Samoa is so beautiful – this would be a fantastic trip for you and your family. 🙂

  • Sara 02/04/2018 (15:28)

    Wow, we love chasing waterfalls! We haven’t ever been to Samoa but between Australia and Indonesia we ‘ve seen a fair few! Stunning photos, the views look out of this world.

    • Lana
      Lana 02/04/2018 (17:58)

      We love chasing waterfalls too and chased a few in Queensland! 🙂

  • Moon 02/04/2018 (05:59)

    Very informative! Thanks & I liked the ‘Tips’ Part in the last 🙂

    • Lana
      Lana 02/04/2018 (14:13)

      The waterfall signs can be easily missed! The waterfalls are beautiful in Samoa 😉

  • Charli 29/03/2018 (08:29)

    My gosh these waterfalls are simply gorgeous! I love all vibrant flowers you found too.

    C x

    • Lana
      Lana 29/03/2018 (09:55)

      It’s amazing that the waterfalls are hidden at the end of the tropical gardens. The flowers are so pretty!

  • Mellissa Williams 29/03/2018 (07:39)

    Samoa looks so gorgeous. Not many people know about this island so thank you for this post. We loved chasing waterfalls in Iceland, a totally different country and terrain but equally as beautiful

    • Lana
      Lana 29/03/2018 (09:54)

      Samoa is one of the least visited countries and most people tend to visit Fiji. We would love to chase waterfalls in Iceland … that’s high on our list!

  • Elise Cohen Ho 29/03/2018 (04:32)

    This is so beautiful

    • Lana
      Lana 29/03/2018 (09:52)

      It’s like paradise!

  • Laura 28/03/2018 (15:00)

    Oh wow what a gorgeous place to explore. I would love to visit Samoa as it just looks like such a paradise location

    Laura x

    • Lana
      Lana 28/03/2018 (15:03)

      Thanks Laura. Samoa is beautiful – definitely is a tropical paradise! 🙂

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