To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

I’m really not using hyperbole when I say ‘the To Sua Ocean Trench is the most beautiful swimming hole in the world.’ It really has to be seen to be believed. It’s a volcanic trench, joined to the ocean by an ancient lava cave tube. It’s barely visible until you approach the rim. The trench drops 30 meters into the ground. Its steep walls are draped by brilliant green foliage, golden sunlight splinters through gaps in the overhanging trees and hits the sparkling emerald water below.

A woman relaxes floating in the To Sua Ocean Trench in SamoaThe only way down is a slightly treacherous wooden ladder. It’s not for the faint hearted, its thick rungs are slimey with salt water and it’s a long way down! Some people jump from the top, but be very careful, the trench is tidal can be very shallow at low tide.

Samoas tourism is growing quickly but it’s still mostly unknown except maybe in the rugby world. You can spend the whole day at the To Sua Ocean Trench and share it with a couple of tourists and a handful of locals. But I’m sure it won’t be too long until it’s swarming with tourists.

A beautiful clear swimming hole in SamoaThere are some lovely gardens and areas to stretch out and sunbathe around the Trench. Not to mention some great ocean views too.

A beautiful tropical coastline view in SamoaAnd further up the coast some perfect tropical beaches to explore. Samoa is still a bit un-developed to have a proper tourism industry. That makes it all the more fun to explore however. Rent a car, grab a map, and just get out there. Theres a whole host of amazing coast line, rainforested interiors teeming with waterfalls and wildlife and some super friendly locals. It doesn’t take long to drive a loop around the main island. I know I say this a lot, but get there before the masses do, you won’t be disappointed!

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