Thanks to Samoa’s location in the South Pacific, its tropical climate, varied topographical features, and beautifully preserved culture, these experiences are truly unique to this stunning nation. Treat your body, mind, and soul to five experiences you can only have in Samoa.

1. Slide on nature’s waterslide

Thousands of years of running water have softened the Papase’ea Sliding Rock to form nature’s own waterslides. The sliding rocks is divided into two sections, one for adults and the other for kids, with one 5-metre slide and three smaller ones. Swim, slide, and cool down on a hot day.

2. Get inked in the birthplace of tattoo

While tattoos are pervasive in society today, the general public does not know how this body art came into practice. The tradition of tatau was born in Samoa as pe’a were given to men and malu were given to women as a rite of passage. Today, visitors can get a tattoo with contemporary tools in the birthplace of tatau symbolism and practice.

3. Swim in one of the world’s most beautiful natural swimming holes

Not surprising to anyone who has had the pleasure of beholding this sight, To Sua Ocean Trench has been named by many as one of the world’s most beautiful natural swimming holes. Completely surrounded by lush forest and rock, the emerald and turquoise waters of this hole seem like a mirage. When you dive in from the ladder or platform, however, you’ll know that it is oh-so-very real.

4. Walk in the wake of a lava field

In 1905, Mt Matavanu erupted, burning and burying five villages. The Saleaula Lava Field formed from the molten lava and today, visitors can still see half-buried remnants. Both fascinating and eerie, this site is a must-visit for history buffs and those who want a reminder of Mother Nature’s awesome power.

5. Heal your body with a Samoan body treatment

Samoan healers, or taulasea, are armed with some of the world’s most sought-after spa ingredients. The native herbs and ingredients - local plant juices, leaves, roots, papaya, coconut oil, and so much more - are ideal for relaxing fofo, the traditional Samoan massage, or facial.