Papasee’a Sliding Rock
‘Upolu 10km (6mi) SW of Apia off Maugafolau Rd
Kids and adults alike have a great time skimming down the waterfall into a cool rock pool at Papasee’a Sliding Rock. Competition for a seat at the top of the main 5m slide can be fierce, but there are also three smaller slides to enjoy. If you visit during the dry season, check that the water level in the pool is deep enough to be safe.
‘Upolu Central ‘Upolo, S of Apia
Also known as Goldfish Lake, Lake Lanoto’o is an eerie, pea-green crater lake full of wild goldfish (and leeches). It’s a great place for a swim, but a little spooky because of alternating warm and cold currents, and the fact that the bottom of the lake has never been found. Very few visitors ever see this lovely and unusual spot.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
4km S of Apia ‘Upolu off Cross Island Rd
The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is set in the Scottish author’s beautifully restored former residence, Villa Vailima. Stevenson had the mansion built in 1890 after deciding the climate of ‘Upolu might ameliorate his tuberculosis, but he died there a mere four years later. Stevenson and his wife Fanny Osborne are buried in the adjacent Mt Vaea Scenic Reserve.