If you’re looking to get active on your trip to Samoa, you have plenty of options to choose from. You can surf, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, take a beach walk or hike. One of the most scenic hikes in Samoa is the O L Pupu-Pu’e National Park Coastal Walk.
This unique hiking trail in Samoa follows the rugged, lava formed coastline and provides stunning views of the ocean and unique rock formations.
The trail to Samoa Coastal Walk
The O L Pupu-Pu’e coastal Walk trail is 1.8kms return and is a relatively flat and easy trail. The coastal walk could be completed within an hour but you could easily spend much longer enjoying the views on the trail.
From the Samoa Coastal Walk car park, the first lookout is a 5-minute walk, and from there the remainder of the trail follows the coast of Samoa, passing a Pandanus forest. As you walk through the Pandanus forest you will pass two remarkable rock formations that you must stop at for a photo.
As you reach the end of the trail, around 25 minutes later, you will arrive at a huge and mesmerising lava field.
From this point, you can enjoy views of offshore islands of Nu’usafe’e, Nu,utele and Aleipata Islands.
Getting to the Samoa Coastal Walk
The car park to the Coastal Walk in Samoa is nearby to the Togitogiga visitor centre and Ma Tree. 3.5 kms from the Ma Tree car park to be exact.
You can follow Google Maps to find the car park.
Tips for hiking the Samoa Coastal Walk
- Wear shoes as the Samoa Coastal Walk is slippery.
- Make sure you take your time and watch your step as the rocks can be uneven.
- Pack water as the hike can get hot and you will get thirsty.
Safety on the Samoa Coastal Walk
- Keep away from the edge of the cliff
- Be cautious of slippery surfaces, especially when wet
- Beware of sea spray and strong winds, you don’t want your camera getting sprayed.
- Wear shoes
Other things to remember
- If you take rubbish with you, make sure you take it home with you. No bin will be found in the car park or on the trail.
- Plants, animals and rocks are protected so do not remove anything from the National Park
Geological Features of the Samoa Coastal Walk
Around 3,000 years ago, the Pu,apu’a volcano, the youngest of Upolu, erupted from Mt Fito and a river of Lava flew down Lepala Valley. As the lava reached the lowlands, it spread into a massive sheet, filling in lagoons and covering coastal coral, well beyond the present coastline. The sea has since cut the coast back to the present line, creating Natural Bridges and Ropy Lava. Isn’t nature just amazing?
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