Coastal Lava Cliff Walk

Coastal Lava Cliff Walk, Upolu: Address, Coastal Lava Cliff Walk Reviews: 4.5/5

Coastal Lava Cliff Walk
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tempesttraveler
Hong Kong, China55 contributions
Walking on cooled lava
Jan 2020
The views are something to reckon with. Equally reckoning are the cooled lava track which are difficult to walk on. Do not do a solitary walk here, always with at least another person. Be careful of your footing
Written 10 January 2020
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Kathryn H
Hamilton, New Zealand236 contributions
I loved this walk
Oct 2019
I'm so glad we did this walk. The driveway was easy in our rental vehicle (there had been no rain for ages). It is very narrow and we were worried that we'd meet a car travelling the other way - someone would need to do a lot of backing up. The 3.5 km drive was definitely worth it. The walk was about a kilometre each way and took over half an hour with photo stops. The whole walk had stunning views over the ocean, with the waves crashing against the cliffs. In places, the path does go along the cliff edge, with no rails, so I'd be nervous taking young children and would definitely be holding their hands. I recommend good footwear (we had sneakers on, with good grip). The lava fields at the end are awesome - a fabulous geographical feature that we impressive. In places, you could get really wet from the sea spray without having to go close to the edge. We loved it. It would definitely recommend this walk.
Written 12 October 2019
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LoisMM
Nelson, New Zealand256 contributions
Absolutely brilliant
Sep 2019
Road in was VG- grass in middle and well packed down metal on each side- you need to be a confident driver to be able to back up if necessary- we only met one other vehicle and they backed up. There are some passing areas so keep that in mind as you drive past them. Not rutty and rough as reported. Small parking area at end. Insects didn't get us on the way in but many came into the car when we got back to the car parking area, so spray insect repellent on before you set off. Wear sneakers/trainers as underfoot can be a bit rough or slippery on fallen long dried leaves. Views are amazing with several sea arches and one open rock where the water crashes back through plus the pandana forest. At the end is a large lava rock which you could step out on. We met a Samoan from Apia building a communication tower at the end of the road we had driven down who had walked out where we were in his lunch break and he was so impressed himself. Something for every Samoan to be proud of. It was one of our top attractions. Highly recommend a visit.
Written 12 September 2019
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Pitty17
Kallangur, Australia95 contributions
A Coastal Walk
Aug 2019
On arrival and after reading the information board, commenced the walk towards the sound of crashing waves. A gentle walk along a path surrounded by trees and jungle growth to a magnificent view of waves rolling into the cliff. Once up to the lava cliff, it was so peaceful and you could sit there for hours just watching the day go by.
A must see. The walk was not bad at all, must wear good footwear, thongs a big NO.
Written 24 August 2019
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SiberianSayan
Colorado33 contributions
A must see!
Jun 2019 • Solo
Along with Palolo Deep Ocean Reserve, this was my favourite activity on Upolu. It's closed Sundays; the gate is locked. (Although Ma Tree across the road is still available.) The road has been described as "rough", but I find that an over-exaggeration. It's an ordinary dirt road for two kilometres, lightly travelled, grass verge in the middle. The last kilometre is rough. In the dry season, there were occasional metre-long sections of mild mud for one wheel. No ruts, a bit bumpier. Totally travelable by any standard sedan. Might be worse in the rainy season. I didn't much trouble with mosquitoes. I needed tennis shoes / sneakers, but some folks seemed okay with jandals / flip flops. The walk took 20 minutes each direction. Amazing waves breaking on the cliffs, and you can get really wet if you want. Absolutely stunning. Bring the kids if you want, but note there are deadly cliff edges and no railings. So, bring smart and/or cautious kids (/parents).
Written 12 June 2019
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whattosay
Wanaka, New Zealand708 contributions
A little disconcerting
May 2019 • Couples
We had the place to ourselves. People aren't kidding about the mossies, they swarm on arrival, but we found the insect repellent fine for getting rid of them and once you're walking the coastal track there weren't so many of them anyway.

As others have said, you need to watch your footing on the path, but it isn't difficult. The only thing we found a bit disconcerting was walking along the sections of the path close to the cliff edge where we knew the cliff was undercut by the large waves. We didn't find that an entirely comfortable experience, to the extent that we actually came back along a different path (a track that leads slightly inland to a communications building and a four wheel drive track from there back to the main car park). The lava fields are interesting.
Written 9 June 2019
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ShawnaMcKinley
Vancouver, Canada234 contributions
Ahh!! Mosquitos!! Gate rarely open?
May 2019 • Friends
This site is signed on the Island Road, but there is not a lot of advance notice so it is easy to drive by it. If you're driving from Apia on the Cross Island Road go left at the t-junction and drive about 10 minutes. On the right you will see a large green "Coast Walk" sign eventually. Stop immediately and pull off at the gate. It is right across the road from the Ma Tree sign. Assuming the gate is open (this only happened one day in five we drove by), you have to drive about 3km off of the Island road to the trailhead. You might be able to walk the access road, but it is a long way in high heat and humidity and there is little shade enroute. The road after the gate is typical of “off-road” Samoa, but could be made by a low-clearance car. There is a small parking lot just at the start of the walk near the coast. All looked promising until we stepped out the car and were swarmed by mosquitos. No exaggeration: it was like a Hitchcock movie. Not sure if it is always like that, or if it was because it was newly opened and we were the fist meal, or because there had been rain? But either way, it was impossible to stay, even with strong bug repellent.
Written 9 June 2019
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Merce G
Buenos Aires, Argentina42 contributions
It is a must
May 2019 • Friends
We enjoy the walk through the forest. The views are amazing, your are few meters away from the huge waves that hit the cliff. The colour of the sea its an amazing deep blue.

We went while it was raining so we track was a little bit difficult to do without proper shoes.
Written 25 May 2019
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Steve K
Seoul, South Korea74 contributions
Beautiful views, and a bit of advice.
Jan 2019 • Solo
There views from here Oh, very different than other coastal areas in the country. The path is unimproved over cooled lava. In other words you need to be careful of your footing. This is not a good walk for young children or people who are not sure footed.

Directly across the street is another 2 km walk there goes a couple of places. I went about 150 m and then turned around because the path was just to uneven and difficult.

A couple pieces of advice if you take the cpaatal walk:

1. There is a parking area on the main road. One side of the road is the 2km walk I discussed above. The other side is a 3 km drive to the coastal walk. Do not be fooled by the parking area if you are going on the coastal walk - do NOT park there. Instead, drive down the trail to where the coastal walk starts. It is a 3km drive and if you decide to walk it, you will likely regret it because it is in the open sun with nothing to see. Drive down the 3 km and there is a parking area at the start of the trail. Don't worry, your car is will make it.

2. Take a lot of water! Not one of those little bitty bottles, but he big bottle of water. You will use it!
Written 21 January 2019
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Emma B
Whangarei, New Zealand150 contributions
How is the Ocean That Colour!?
Oct 2018 • Family
What a stunning view and simple walk rich with history from the volcano. Easy to get to, but also easy to miss the entrance so look carefully!
Written 13 January 2019
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