Samoa is a beautiful island with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.
But what really made me want to travel there is the amazing natural attractions. The island of Upolu holds the To Sua Trench and was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Samoa. Of course I stumbled across a photo of this on Instagram one day, did some more research and then decided I had to go see it for myself.
We had quite the adventure getting there. The roads in Samoa aren’t the best, most of the time you’re concentrating on not damaging the rental car by driving over a pot-hole. When driving through the towns the locals always stare and wave. Especially when your blonde, you stick out like a sore thumb! You also can’t drive too slowly through the towns because the local dogs will run along side your car. I was always so scared I would run one over as they get pretty close to the car! But thankfully they stay out the way of the wheels.
When you arrive at To Sua Trench…
…make sure you have cash on you as there is an entry fee per person. And come already in your togs as there isn’t much in the way of a changing room. They do have some toilets there though. As you walk towards the trench it’s clear the Samoan’s take pride in keeping the grounds pristine. The gardens are lush and the grass is crisp. I had high expectations for the To Sua Trench and what I experienced that day was truly incredible.
When I was standing at the top of the ladder I was suddenly glad I’m not afraid of heights. It is very steep and if you were to fall it certainly wouldn’t end well… I took extra care as I had the GoPro in my hand, of course haha. The first time I climbed down I was holding on pretty tightly but I made it safely to the bottom.
There is a platform at the bottom which you can jump off at a safe height, not halfway up the ladder like the locals do, or the ladder continues right down into the water. There is quite a strong current in this natural swimming pool and at high tide it is difficult to touch the bottom but there are ropes you can hang on to.
On a sunny day the water is so incredibly beautiful. It’s the kind of place where you think the photos of it are edited cause the water possibly can’t be that blue..but it’s like this in real life too! One day we were there in the rain and it was still just as beautiful. So don’t let bad weather stop you from going!