Before the world was ravaged by COVID-19, Samoa was a popular tropical holiday destination for New Zealanders wanting a break from day-to-day life.
The close relationship between the two countries and their populations made it one of the most popular island destinations for flying Kiwis.
With Samoa more than likely to be included in a Pacific Island travel bubble at some point hopefully soon, a getaway there could be on the cards before many other countries on our wishlists.
Here's four spots that should be on your Samoa post-COVID-19 bucket list:
To-Sua Ocean Trench, Upolu:
The To-Sua Ocean Trench is Samoa's most popular tourist attraction and for good reason. Said to be one of the world's most spectacular natural swimming pools, To-Sua is a stunning 30m deep trench accessible from a rustic ladder which leads you into a crystal clear grove that is perfect for relaxing and swimming. Overlooking the ocean is a small beach known as Fagaoneone, meaning 'white sand', while opposite you can find a lava field with blowholes, mini pools and fishing spots. If you're visiting between mid-September and November you may even be lucky enough to see a few whales coasting by.
Fuipisia Waterfall, Upolu:
If you're a confident traveller looking for a bit of adrenaline or adventure with breathtaking views, then the Fuipisia Waterfall may be your preferred first stop. The spectacular 55m jungle waterfall is the perfect place to take photos while you swim with a panoramic view from the falling point.
Piula Cave Pool, Upolu:
Are crystal clear, turquoise waters your thing? Look no further than the Piula Cave Pool – a beautiful freshwater spring pool and cave which originated from an old lava tube. Be sure to pack your snorkelling gear to get a picture-perfect glimpse of the fish and underwater life in the pool.
Falealupo Canopy Walkway, Savai'i:
Imagine a treetop canopy walkway built approximately 40m above ground that zig-zags through the low-lying Falealupo Rainforest preserve amongst giant Banyan trees. For an idyllic experience, bask in the natural beauty of the surrounding greenery and take in the beauty of Samoa's untouched landscape.