To Sua Ocean Trench
To Sua Ocean Trench
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Tosua literally means a Giant Swimming Hole. 30 meters deep and is accessible via a long ladder to the pool.Overlooking the ocean is a beach called Fagaoneone meaning white sand whereas opposite is a lava field with blow hole, tide pools and walking paths along the rocks near the ocean’s edge.
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  • Jenna
    Gore, New Zealand28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical and beautiful!
    This was amazing. A must do when in Samoa. I’m a terrible swimmer and not very fit and was worried about the ladder. Ladder is no big deal if you go slowly and carefully but apparently it can get a little slippery later in the day (we went first thing in the morning). The swimming was more difficult for me as it’s not as buoyant as the open ocean, there is a bit of a current and the ropes get difficult to use the higher the tide. If you aren’t a good swimmer then I strongly recommend to go at low tide. If you can’t climb a flight of stairs then no go on the ladder. But honestly, ladder is fine. A guy scared of heights nailed it in front of me. There is a rock you can sit on about 2m from the bottom of the ladder that is easy to access at low tide and has some wee fish swimming around it. A magical, beautiful wee spot of heaven. Be brave! Do it!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • saraandray
    Waitakere City, New Zealand238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit
    We last visited 12 years ago. They have done an amazing job of the grounds and facilities. Toilets and changing area have been upgraded and the grounds look beautiful. The trench is great as always. The stairs / ladder are in good order. The ropes in the water was a huge help especially with two kids who couldn't touch the ground in most places. The kids took their snorkeling gear with them and enjoyed looking at all the little fish that were in the trench.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Jana D
    New Plymouth, New Zealand99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maybe a bit over rated?
    Nice spot, lovely gardens with fales that have great views, providing shelter from sun and rain. 20T pp, quite a bit if you don't know if you go down for a swim...We were all scared of heights but 3 of 4 made it down the ladder. Water down there was a bit murky and not much fish, definitely better swimming elsewhere. The rock pool down at the beach was full of rubbish. Toilets and change rooms clean, outdoor shower. A Must-do when in Samoa but quite a hype. We preferred Vavau beach, 5 min drive from there, even on the rainy-ish day we had.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Rebecca L
    Mercer, Maine137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a special place! Must do!
    I had been warned and read many reviews about how scary and dangerous the ladder down could be, but if you just descend carefully and have on good water shoes (Tevas or the like) it’s really not bad at all. We all had a thrill swimming in this trench, especially with the incoming tide visibly raising the water level and making loud gurgling noises as it whooshed in and out! We held on to the provided cables to keep from being pulled around, the current was that strong. There weren’t many fish, but we did see some small bright blue ones and a black and white striped one, along with some black crabs scuttling along the sides of the trench. Some of us had fun cannonballing off the platform into the water.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • SesJ
    Nelson, New Zealand75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    To Sua is an experience not to be missed. After paying at the well-stocked shop we wandered through the lovely gardens to the trench. It really is impressive looking down at this big hole from the top. We went around low tide, which was good as there was hardly anyone else there, but it is probably more spectacular closer to high tide. The path down is narrow but the ladder into the trench is very sturdy. There’s a wee platform at the bottom where bags can be left if there’s not too many people there. Plus some people tucked tshirts etc into the rock wall surrounding the trench. There was a bit of a surge but it wasn’t very strong and if you’re concerned there is a rope to hold on to, this is attached to both ends of the jetty. We took snorkelling gear down - there were a few fish but not heaps.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Lindsay B
    Rotorua, New Zealand70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just do it!!
    Lovely place, it's a must do. The surrounding give a lovely view of the coast and there are several spots where you can picnic under cover. Going down to the trench is easy, just need to take as much time as you with and don't feel rushed. Neither of us felt at all unsafe. It was so beautiful once in the water. Ropes are there if there is a surge.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Tania M
    Lake Conjola, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pluck up the courage and give it a go!
    I am a little afraid of heights but I looked at the ladder in pictures and thought, yes I can do that. When I got there, I nearly backed out but I was so keen to tick this off my bucket list, I found the courage to give it a go. The ladder is very sturdy, and the hardest part for me was the top (getting on and of the ladder). If you take your time and focus on grip and firm footing, you will be fine if you a little chicken like me. Once you get down, it is quite exhilarating. I found that after making it back up, I felt an amazing buzz for doing something out of my comfort zone! Give it a go!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Alysha V
    Nelson, New Zealand396 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Wow! What amazing place. Could spend a decent amount of time here wandering around before going down to the trench. We didn’t swim, we went down to the ladder, the walkway and ladder itself was very slippery but there are signs there advising you of instructions etc. So epic to see the trench!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Remy
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thing of beauty!
    Unbelievable spot for a swim! Incredible views and really well maintained. The ladder is very sturdy and less scary than you may think. The water is nice and clear with plenty of tropical fish to view. Beware of the strong current, I would recommend staying close to the ropes if you are not a keen swimmer. A must do activity!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Mtul
    76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Environmental beauty at To Sua
    Beautiful view of the beach and local environment, the sign could've been a bit bigger for the turn off but we made it. It's very clean which is great and the photo opportunities are amazing! We had young children with us but I would recommend going with older kids and people who are confident in ladder climbing and swimming in currents. Such an experience indeed!🤩
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
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Sam P
London, UK58 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Here with my patner it was 20tala$ each to enter the grounds. My friend decided the "ladder" was too dangerous and steep for him (he is 6ft+) and so decided not to go. He went to get a refund they they refused at first and also told him to leave the grounds, there was no smaller fee for someone to pay to be in the grounds. So I was down in the trench hole and it was very steep if you have any problem with heights it is not good.

This is actually not very safe, you take your own chance really and its totally unnecessary if designed better, e.g. could have two handrails and also a harness in case until you reach the lower platform and it should also be supervised as you have no way to control who is above or below you once you are on the ladder and moving.

I dont know why they dont on the shady side create a walkway that is like a 6 hairpin ramp, it would be much much safer and enjoy more people to use it.

It was fun to do, about 4.5 ft deep in places and goes deeper but I dont like being in any deep water so I stayed by the shallow area and rope to assist me. If anything had gone wrong on the way down or up on the ladder you are basically in trouble and at risk, so its quite poor that this is not done safer, when there are many safe designs that could be done not just a basic ladder. Each step has a rubber gripping, until you reach the last 4 when for some odd reason it does not!

My partner got upset then by a rather rude and abrupt woman manager, and when he waited by the car and wanted to meet me coming out when i waved to him he did, but then a nearby resident in a car beeped their horn to the lady who then sent a young guy to ask him to move off as he had not then paid the entry fee. It spoilt the experience for me, to see him so upset and be treated in that way, like it was all about greed and money from the situation.

No souvenirs were available to purchase on site either again poor for a major attraction. I bought some googles in their shop, they were scratched and an awful design, so useless and lasted one day. I have now had to buy another instead from the town centre.

Seems to be run mafia style! It really should be closed until it is fully health and safety compliant, not just island safety standards. And what they currently do is make you confirm to waive any legal rights! The government and owners should really shut this down until it is run in a much more safer way or someone could die or get seriously hurt.
Written 4 March 2024
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Timothy J
London, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I would strongly advise anyone without a good head for heights, or who does not relish taking stupid risks, not to enter this place. Forget all these fake ratings and the hype. It is run by a local family that does not care about your safety. The ladder you need to descend to access the pool is at a very steep angle and there are no hand rails. I repeat, there are no safety measures whatsoever and no supervision at the ladder. The drop from the top, should you slip as you start your descent is about 15+ meters and you would land on a solid wooden platform. If you fell from the top you would almost certainly be hospitalised or worse. You would never let your kids go down it before you. When it rains the wooden ladder becomes even more hazardous. It beggars belief how it is allowed to stay open in that state. I have heard that there have been accidents in the past but the community that lives off its fame and the 20 tala ($8) per person to enter the site would hush them up anyway. They claim to warn you of the hazards through the signage at the entrance but nothing prepares you for the scare you get at the top of the ladder. I was refunded my 20 tala after I complained about the lack of warnings (of course, they denied everything, implying that I was weak to be so fearful). But when I re-entered the site at the request of my partner (she was changing out of her bathing costume having braved the scary ladder and wanted me to help her) the owners of the site harassed me until I left. Shame on them and anyone who peddles the idea that this is a worthy tourist site. My strong advice is stay away from it until the safety issues are fixed: at the very least hand rails should be attached to the ladder, a clear refund policy should be in place if visitors cannot bear the descent having seen it close up (and not the misleading photos at the entrance) and supervision of the pool site should be carried out at all times by responsible staff.
Written 2 March 2024
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Jade L
Wyee, Australia517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
It was one of the most incredible experiences! To Sua Ocean Trench is just stunning the water beautiful and clean. I highly recommend getting there in the morning as I got there about 10 am, and there was next to no one there and almost had the place to myself.
The ladder is not good for older, less mobile people, but there is a platform at the bottle that can sit 10/20 ppl comfortably.

Written 26 February 2024
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Mendietan
Melbourne, Australia45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Beautiful place. Worth visiting. The water is clear and warm.
Going down the ladder is quite scary. So if you are afraid of hights, you won't make it. The gardens around are also beautiful and well maintained.
Written 15 February 2024
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not happy jan
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Highlight of our trip to Samoa.
Easy to find either by car or with a tour guide.
Welcomed and given information by a lovely lady. There is a well stocked shop, clean toilets and changing areas and fales to put your stuff while climbing and swimming.
The trench is absolutely stunning.
I am a reasonably unfit mature lady and it tested my strength. I was absolutely terrified of climbing the steep ladder but equally determined I was doing it.
I did it!
There was a couple who went down with their baby in a pouch.
The ladder goes into the water or you can jump from the platform into the warm clear water which has 2 ropes to hang onto. I took my pool noodle and I was able to snorkel and float much more away from the ropes. Plenty of fish and so much fun.
The climb back up was tough but slow and steady and I did it.
Don’t be inconsiderate and leave your stuff on the stairs or platform.
An absolutely amazing experience I will never forget.
Written 7 December 2023
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didjjetta
Brisbane, Australia246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Amazing - do not miss this! Beyond worth it and looks as every pic taken no filters - beautiful picnic grounds around & high views of the ocean around! The Prime Ministers private beach & house.
can’t say strongly enough do not miss this! The ladder is on a good angle to climb up & down - nowhere near as hard as the pics look. It’s sturdy - safe - but wear reef shoes as if wet can be slippery. There are ropes to hang onto but you can swim around without too much effort.
Written 10 November 2023
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Trek59684796181
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Day tour visiting Aleipata District Waterfalls, Sun Trench and Piula Cave Pool with our driver and guide, Junior (a local with plenty of knowledge). Booked this through the Taumeasina Resort where we are staying. The waterfalls viewed from a distance. The Sua Trench experience. Scary climb down the long timber ladder to the tidal water pool, where the water is crystal clear and blue. Another highlight was to travel through a cave, using a rope guide, to a second what I can only describe as another very small sink hole. The coastline at Sua Trench area is dramatic. Travelled to Lalomanu Beach where lunch was provided by way of salad rolls, muffins and water. One can purchase a beer here. We sat in a cabana on the beach and couldn‘t resist taking a swim in the prestige clear waters. The last stop for the day was to Pilua Cave Pool, this is a freshwater pool and the water is cold. Nevertheless ventured into the waters and loved the experience. A chance to wash off the salt water and come out refreshed and tingling all over. It is quite a long leisurely day from 9.30 arriving back around 4.
Written 6 November 2023
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Mtul
76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful view of the beach and local environment, the sign could've been a bit bigger for the turn off but we made it. It's very clean which is great and the photo opportunities are amazing! We had young children with us but I would recommend going with older kids and people who are confident in ladder climbing and swimming in currents. Such an experience indeed!🤩
Written 29 October 2023
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A bit over+rated. Yes it it is interesting and if you make the effort you can have a dip in the shallow tidal sea water. Caution on the wooden steps they can be very slippery and to make sure no one is headed in the opposite direction.
Written 17 October 2023
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Bev O
Rotorua, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I looked at the ladder down and my heart was racing.
I lined up to wait my turn.
My knees shook but I did it.
A fantastic experience.
The water was warm and the views incredible.
Just go for it.
Written 25 September 2023
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