Summary: A natural natural freshwater pool, Piula Cave Pool flows out of a cave, which is underneath a historic church.

A very popular tourist attraction and swimming hole in Samoa, Piula Cave Pool (or Fatumea Pool) is a natural freshwater pool – although there is a concrete path around the pool, and some steps to facilitate entry. Above the pool is the historic Methodist Chapel.

The pool was formed by a natural spring, which flows out to the ocean. You can swim (or snorkel) to the back of the cave, and an underwater passage – about 3m in length – leads to a second cave. Being spring-fed the the water is much colder than the ocean, and is home to many fish and eels.

There’s lot of natural shade from trees around the pool, as well as a number of fales (huts).

Getting to Piula Cave Pool

The pool is signposted along Main East Coast Road (45mins from Apia), next to the Piula Theological College). It’s open Mon day to Saturday from about 8am to 4pm, and an entry fee is payable.

For more swimming holes and waterfalls, have a look at my 8 Days in Samoa trip report!

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