The Reward: To Sua Ocean Trench, Lotofaga


If you’re looking for a secluded swimming spot like no other then the To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa is for you. It won’t be easy to get there … but the journey will be worth it.

This idyllic swimming hole is one for the books. Located on the southeast coast of Upolu Island in Samoa, it’s surrounded by lush greenery.

To Sua means ‘giant swimming hole’: the natural salt water pool is 30m deep. The area has other tide pools and blowholes formed by the erosion of the lava fields, but To Sua is the biggest.

To reach the swimming hole, you’ll need to make your way down a steep, rickety ladder. It’s a long way down, but worth it. Alternatively, enjoy the ocean and coastal views, explore the tropical garden, lava field or have a picnic.

The Hard Bit

Flying to Samoa is half the battle won. Once you land at Faleolo International Airport, make your way to the other side of the island to To Sua.

It will take you between one and a half to two hours to get there. You could hire a car, take a taxi or tour there from your hotel. Alternatively, you could try a public bus, but with its many stops, it’ll take you much longer.

SAA flies to New Zealand daily. From there take a connecting flight to Samoa. Book your tickets today!


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