Talofa! To Sua Ocean Trench is located along the southern coastline of Upolu, the smaller and more populated island of Samoa.
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How to get to ‘ To Sua Ocean Trench ‘
Upolu is a reasonably small island, however public transport is scarce. Most travellers, including ourselves, opt to hire a car to get around the island and to To Sua. The roads are well kept and there’s barely any traffic so driving is super safe.
To Sua ocean trench is about an hour and a half drive from the international airport. It is close to the many resorts and guesthouses that are dotted along the southern coastline.
To Sua Ocean Trench Price
To Sua trench is located on gated grounds, and there is an entrance free. Adults pay 20 Tala (about 8 USD) and children under seven are free.
How much time do you need there
For the Trench itself, two or three hours is definitely enough time to take some photos, have a swim and relax. We spent three days in the area around the trench, jumping from beach to beach and waterfall to waterfall.
A week would be an ideal amount of time to explore the southern coastline of Upolu at a relaxed pace!
When is the best time to visit To Sua Ocean Trench
To avoid crowds I’d recommend going as soon as it opens, which is 8.30AM on most days. We did this, and it was about an hour before the next visitors rocked up.
Samoa is always warm, so you can always swim! We visited in October, which is on the shoulder of dry season, and it was perfect!
During dry season (May to October) which is the more popular time to travel, It’s safe to assume To Sua would be a lot busier.
What to do there
Definitely explore the beaches around To Sua! There’s a lot of dirt roads that run of the main coastal road, just pick one to drive down and see where you end up!
Vavau beach is just to the east of To Sua and is absolutely stunning, plus we had the whole place to ourselves for the three hours we were there! Just make sure you have a 4WD or be prepared to walk, as the ‘road’ is a little sketchy!
Sopoaga waterfall is also a short drive to away. The best views are on private property, and the owners request around 5-10 Tala for you to take the short walk to the view point.
What not to do
Obviously, be respectful! To Sua is one of Samoa’s most popular attractions, and you can tell from how well kept the grounds are, that Samoa takes great pride in the place.
The same goes when visiting some of the beaches, as quite often you need to drive through private property. Some will charge you a few Tala to park at the beach, and I didn’t have a problem with this. Just make sure you carry lots of small change!
The fee for To Sua is set and is printed on a sign inside the gates, and there are no further charges.
Where to stay
There are plenty of places to stay near To Sua. For me, the best (and cheapest) way to visit Samoa is to stay in a Beach fale.
My partner and I stayed at Lalomanu Beach Fales, which is located a 20 minute drive from To Sua. They have both open and closed fales, with the open fales being right on the most beautiful beach.
The price included meals prepared on site and they were more than happy to cater to vegetarians and vegans. Plus they host a Samoan dance party every Saturday night!
For those wanting to splurge a little Sinalei Reef Resort and Coconuts Beach Club aren’t too far from To Sua.
Why should To Sua Ocean Trench be on my bucket list ?
Honestly the best photos of this place don’t even do it justice! Taking an early morning swim here with the whole place to ourselves was one of the most peaceful wake up swims I’ve ever had.
The best way I can describe it is like floating in your own private rainforest! Plus Samoa as a whole is stunning, and a must visit for anyone who loves a bit of island time!
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