Where is Samoa Located?

Where is Samoa located on the map? Samoa is an independent nation located in Polynesia. Check out the following images to see location of Samoa on maps.

Samoa Location Map

Samoa Location in World Map

Samoa is located in the southeastern Pacific, in the middle of Polynesia. It consists of two main islands called Upolu and Savaii and two tiny islands called Apolima and Manono.

Here is an overview of the size of the islands:

  • Savaii with an area of ​​1718 square kilometers
  • Upolu with an area of ​​1125 square kilometers
  • Manono with an area of ​​3 square kilometers
  • Apolima with an area of ​​1 square kilometer

Two thirds of the people live on Upolu Island. The capital of the country is called Apia and is also located on the island of Upolu. There are also some islands that are not inhabited. The length of the coast is 400 kilometers.

Samoa is approximately 2,890 kilometers from Auckland, approximately 4,000 kilometers from Sydney and 8,400 kilometers from San Francisco. The neighboring islands are Tonga in the south, Fiji in the southwest, Tuvalu in the northeast, Tokelau in the north and the Cook Islands in the east.

On the map you can see the location of the two main islands of Samoas.

Volcanic origin

The larger islands are of volcanic origin. That is why there are rugged mountains in the interior and the highest mountain in the country, Mount Silisili, reaches a height of 1858 meters. It is on the island of Savaii. There are other high mountains like Mount Mata`ga with 1714 meters, also on Savaii, and Mount Teélagei with 1617 meters. There is also a volcanic mountain on the island of Upolo, which is called Mount Rito and is 1079 meters high. The smaller islands are formed from coral reefs.


Relief representation of the islands: Here you can see the mountains, which are of volcanic origin, and the gently sloping land towards the sea.

Rivers and Lakes

The longest river in the country is called the Mali’oli’o River. The rivers on the islands are not long, but they carry a lot of water, creating rapids and waterfalls. Coral reefs surround the islands.


The climate is warm and humid and tropical. This means that temperatures remain largely the same throughout the year. It is about three times as much rain as here in Germany. It is also said that it rains every other day in Samoa. But most of the rain falls from November to March. It then rains a lot, especially in the mountains.

Samoa is at great risk of natural disasters. The islands are particularly threatened by the cyclones typical of this region.

Samoa Facts

Size 2842 km²
Residents 196,000
Languages Samoan and English
Capital Apia
Longest river Mali’oli’o River
Highest mountain Mt.Silisili on the island of Savaií (1,858 m)
Currency Tala