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Climate & when to go

Weatherwise, the most comfortable time to visit Samoa is between May and October, during the country's dry season. An extra incentive to visit at this time of year is that this is when major Samoan festivals are held. During the wet season from November to April, the islands tend to squelch underfoot and receive the occasional battering from tropical cyclones; the last big storm to hit the region was Olaf, which blew across the area in early 2005. Huge numbers of Samoans jet in from New Zealand (NZ), Australia and the USA during the December-January holiday period, when you may have trouble booking flights.

The average annual temperature is 26.5°C in coastal areas, with a decrease in temperature as the land rises inland, while humidity averages around 80%.