Excursion

South Coast Snorkeling, Valley Views & Sopoaga Waterfalls

Explore one of the verdant islands of Samoa from its capital city, Apia, on this full-day outing. Stroll the white sandy beaches of Aleipata, the rural villages of Upolu, and visit the Sopoaga Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a beach picnic and go for a refreshing swim and snorkel. All the while, savor the Samoan folklore served up by your friendly guides on board.

  • Code
    API-EW
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 4 hours
New for 2018 - Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

At the pier, meet your friendly Samoan guides and board the "people movers" for your full-day exploration of Apia. Enjoy the entertaining legend and  lore as told by your guides throughout the day on the vehicle.

Drive along the north coast shoreline for beautiful views, then see the remote villages of Upolu heading inland. The volcanic origins of this island gem create a dramatic setting, with craggy peaks and lush valleys of palm fronds and tropical flowers and plants. Stretch your legs atop Le Mafa Pass for a stop to get some fresh air and enjoy the views of mountains, valleys and ocean.

Continue on the descent toward the south coast, passing Afulilo Dam, Samoa's largest hydroelectric power outlet. This gravity dam was built in the 1990s to help the island generate its own power and energy, rather than being totally dependent on foreign entities.

Arrive at Aleipata beach for free time to swim and snorkel in the warm water, or simply enjoy the sun and sand. Dine alfresco on a beach picnic with refreshments.

Reboard the people mover and continue the island navigation around the south coast, then proceed inland and traverse the Le Mafa Pass and valley once more. Enjoy a guided visit to the Sopoaga Botanical Gardens, with a memorable view of the Sopoaga waterfall.

Return to the ship driving through the Palisi hills and enjoy the views of Apia on approach.

 

Important Notes:
It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests who wish to swim and snorkel should bring a bathing suit, change of clothes. Towels will be available at your Crystal ship’s gangway prior to disembarkation for your excursion. Guests can expect to sit in the vehicle for two hours or so. The island is fairly secluded with limited facilities, and the vehicles may not be air-conditioned; your understanding is appreciated. The terrain is mainly hard flat surface, though part of the trip may be bumpy over winding roads. The order of sights visited may vary. As you may get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.