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Dive in! You will never forget To Sua

Welcome to To Sua, the world’s most beautiful swimming spot.

It’s a big statement to call something the world’s best, but To Sua more than rises to the challenge.

Firstly, it is one of the most photographed spots in Samoa. And when you add your image to the 5000-plus shots on Instagram, please make sure you tag us #hootholidays

To Sua is located on the south-east coast of Upolu Island, near the village of Lotofaga. Upolu is also home to Apia, the capital of Samoa.

Land owners Salati and Samuga Petelo Fiame got quite a surprise when they originally developed the overgrown site to reveal a couple of sink holes. To Sua means giant swimming hole. It’s that simple. To Le Sua wasn’t as lucky, because there’s no water in it. It’s just a big hole.

The sink holes were formed some 1400 years ago when volcanic eruptions created the lava tunnels.

When you arrive today you will first walk past To Le Sua. Keep going.

Keep walking past the fales (small huts) and picnic areas, until you reach the main attraction, the To Sua Ocean Trench.

Although it is called a trench, To Sua is more like a giant sink hole, wearing a cloak of green vegetation that spills toward the water some 20-metres below.

The colour of the water itself is hard to describe. It is pure, clear and seems to take on the colours of the day as the sun hits it. Sometimes it is a deep emerald green. At other times, it is as blue and inviting as Chris Hemsworth’s eyes.

If you can hold your breath long enough to reach the bottom of the swimming hole, the floor is sandy like the nearby beach.

The climb down the ladder to the swimming platform is nerve-racking. The timber ladder is steep, but it is sturdy, so pluck up the courage and start climbing. Once you are there dive deep into the 30-metre almost symmetrical swimming hole.

The water flows into To Sua from the Pacific Ocean through lava tunnels, so it is always fresh, cool and salty. The pounding ocean that drives the water into To Sua is only metres away, but it is not safe to swim through the lava tunnels to the ocean. Sometimes a tidal surge will drive water into the pool with a fierce force of energy. If that happens grab hold of one of the ropes that hangs down into the pool and enjoy the ride.

The ladder isn’t the only way down. If you are feeling brave, you can take the leap of faith and jump from the edge of the land at the top right down into To Sua.   

To Sua is open Monday to Saturdays from 8.30am until 5pm.  On Sundays it is open from 12.30-5pm.

To Sua is a must-see attraction, and should definitely be on the ‘things to do’ list for your Samoan holiday. Samoa is known for its natural wonders. In addition to its beautiful beaches, all throughout the islands you will find hidden caves, blow holes, and stunning “take your breath away” waterfalls.

Hoot Holidays has several stunning deals to visit Samoa staying at resorts like Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa, the Taumeasina Island Resort, Saletoga Sands Resort and Spa and the Return to Paradise Resort and Spa. For help choosing the right Samoan holiday call one of Hoot Holiday’s experts on 1300 652 530. It is the easy way to sort out your holiday needs.