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The travel ABCs of Samoa: T is for To Sua Ocean Trench

We are cruising along our alphabet guide on travel delights in Samoa, having stopped to tempt our taste buds with Samoan food and delved into history at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Today we will totter over to T, talking about one of the most beautiful vistas in Samoa.

T is for...

To Sua Ocean Trench

TripAdvisor reviewers rank this serene swimming spot as the number one thing to do in Lalomanu. This ocean trench is one of those once-in-a-lifetime places to visit, truly unique in its combination of natural ocean trench, grotto caves, sandy beaches and green gardens framing the top. One TripAdvisor reviewer commented there is "nothing like it anywhere else".

'To Sua' translates to 'big hole' in Samoan, and this is an apt name for the 30-metre-deep natural trench near Lotofaga village. When you first lay eyes on it, you will be transfixed.

Shimmering aquamarine waters with a hint of green await you, and they're only a short descent away thanks to a large wooden ladder built down to the waterbed for swimmers to reach the waters. Half-way down the ladder is a platform for diving into the water, or simply sitting on as you soak up the sun and drip-dry, feet dangling off the edge and swinging to the happy beat of your thoughts.

It's a relaxing space, but can just as quickly change gear into an exciting, adventurous spot for doing back-flips and huge bombs into the cool waters. Be sure to take a waterproof camera so you can photograph people jumping off the ladder into the water!

Fish also swim in the trench so it's a great place to snorkel, and there are some fales dotted around if you'd like to rest in the shade while indulging in a picnic lunch.

Pack a change of clothes and off you go!