Summary: The only tidefall in Samoa, Mu Pagoa Waterfall is formed by the Lata River plunging over a lava cliff into the ocean.

A picturesque rather than spectacular waterfall, what makes the Mu Pagoa Waterfall special is that it’s the only tidefall (a waterfall that empties directly into the ocean) in Samoa – and one of only a small number around the world.

The waterfall, formed by the Lata River plunging over an old lava flow into the ocean, has a drop of only about five metres, but is at least 15m wide. The Lata River is the largest on the island.

You can view the full width of the Mu Pagoa Waterfall from the top of the low cliff-line next to the falls – just keep an eye for the larger waves.

Getting to Mu Pagoa Waterfall

It’s easy to get to Mu Pagoa Waterfall – but there’s no signage so it’s also easy to drive past it… if you’re coming from the ferry terminal, it’s the last driveway on the left before the South Coast Road crosses a bridge over the Lata River. Head down the driveway to a grassy area where you can park, and pay a small entry fee to the locals. There’s no formal visiting hours, so just avoid visiting on a Sunday.

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