Pacific Islands & Papua New Guinea

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Canadian to Samoan currency question

Hey!

I've been lightly planning my summer vacation and I'm 90% sure on Samoa. I've been playing around with booking.com checking hotel prices but they're all listed in Canadian dollars.

I used a currency converter and roughly $500 equals 1000 tala. I'm just wondering what a tala would buy you. Like $5 will get you a beer in a pub in Canada, or a hotel is $150.

Anyone know? My travel books are ordered but I'm impatient lol. Thanks!

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Budget accomodation at Upulo

Hi guys,

do you have any advice for a cheap beach fale accomodatin at Upulo? Many people recommend Tafuna Fales but I read that there are more families than maybe backpackers or other travellers who are on theire own?! And it is compared to accommodations on Savaii not cheap with 120 Tala.
I would like to stay for 2 nights. Will it be neccessary to book in adavance when I am going to Samoa in October?

Cheers

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Advice for where to stay on a sunday

Hi guys,

i will head to Samoa in october and will arrive on a sunday. By reading the posts from other guys in this forum I know that on sunday everything is closed and almost nobody is working. Now i am wondering what would be the best for my arrival day...

1) Should I try to get to the wharf and cath the ferry to Savaii?
or
2) Should I stay anywhere near the wharf and catch the ferry on Monday?

Is it possible to get anyhow to the ferry terminal on a sunday? I am arriving 10:50am...is it…

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First time visit to Samoa

Hello

we are a group of girls travelling to Samoa in a couple of months, we are over there for an event, however on our day's off we want to do as much sight seeing as possible. so far we have decided to hire a vehicle on Saturday and go to
Lalomanu beach - Sua ocean trench - and Piula caves, is this going to be a bit much for one day? we also want to get fruit n veges from the Markets in Apia, but also do a bit of shopping at a local grocer? also seems Sunday's are days when everything shuts…

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Samoa on the cheap - some advice

Hi guys

Just back from one week in Samoa and I must say... I left a piece of my heart in this incredible country!

Anyway, we did Samoa on the cheap (not too hardcore, but spending wisely) and thought there was some advice I could share as I couldn't find too much infomation when researching the country

INTERNET: get a simcard from digicell at the airport, where they give it to you for free (in Apia is 9 tala). Do not expect your mobile provider to work (both Telstra and Virgin mobile weren't)…

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Rosa's accommodation

I'd heard about Rosa's whilst I was still in Fiji, although Google searches revealed nothing. So, I eventually found it and for some of you, it'll be OK, others not. The following info might be of assistance.

Coming from Apia, Rosa's is just before the village of Aleisa. It's about 200 yards off the main road, and there is a sign right at that junction. Although I suppose some of the others on the bus should know where it is anyway. If coming by car, just ask anyone. They're all friendly…

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passenger ferries/vessels to/from Samoa

As best as I was able to make out, there are just 2 regular passenger vehicle services to/from Samoa. They're both also cargo vessels.

There is a regular cargo/ferry service that operates between Apia in Samoa and Tokelau. It goes about once a fortnight and the return fare is 280 New Zealand dollars for non-Tokelauns and 100 New Zealand Dollars for Tokelau people. It takes about 24 hours to travel to Fakaofo, about 28 hours to Nukunonu, and about 32 hours to Atafu. The office that handles this…

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Cycling in Samoa

Any tips or information on cycling in Samoa?
We are planning a cycling trip in late August staying at Fales and seeing the sites. Would probably visit one of the islands, from what I have read Savai'i is better for cycling with less traffic. We would be hiring bikes there and riding with panniers.
Any suggested itineraries?

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more questions

Hi again,

I've been trying to get some answers to some questions re Samoa, but that's easier said than done. Can anyone help re the following please?

Does anyone know if the Seaside Inn is open or not? Their website is down, and e-mails to them have gone unanswered (although they're not bouncing back).

Does anyone know if any accommodation places offer an airport pick-up, subject to a whatever minimum night stay?

Does anyone know if there's some sort of accommodation really close to the…

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Saleapaga to ferry by public bus

Hi,
Can somebody here give an idea how long it would take to travel by public bus from Saleapaga to the ferry for
Savai´i? Starting early in the morning - not on a sunday...
All the best