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When is the best time to visit Samoa?

Samoa’s climate is dictated by its position in the South Pacific near to the Equator. As with many of the South Pacific island nations, it experiences a distinct wet season between November and March. The weather is drier from April to October, but it does tend to be fairly hot and humid most of the year.

Average daily temperatures hover around 28-30°C (84-86°F) and the seawater is balmily warm. As both of Samoa’s main islands are mountainous, you’ll often see the interiors shrouded in low cloud. As a general rule, more rain falls on the islands’ southern flanks.

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Samoa has a warm tropical climate, similar to that of it’s bigger island neighbour, Fiji. Visitors should expect mid to high 20’s year round, with higher humidity during the wet season that runs from Mid-November to the end of April. Cyclonic events can occur during the wet season so we recommend travel during the dry season which is May through to mid-November. For the laidback experience that Samoa is famed for it is best to also consider avoiding the New Zealand and Australian school holidays which vary year on year.

Joe, New Zealand & South Pacific Specialist

Samoa Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Upolu 30°C 505mm 30°C 383mm 30°C 392mm 30°C 219mm 29°C 194mm 29°C 152mm 28°C 118mm 28°C 130mm 29°C 171mm 29°C 277mm 30°C 306mm 30°C 408mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Samoa

Water transport on Samoa

Visiting Samoa in January - February

Samoa is in the midst of its rainy season, so travel during these months is best avoided. Rainfall can also be heavy, with a risk of cyclones and thunderstorms.

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