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We have just returned from a wonderful relaxing week in Lalomanu. This was our first trip back since the rebuild after the 2009 Tsunami, prior to that we had stayed many times in Lalomanu and called by in December 2009 to see the devastation for ourselves. We are delighted that the families of Lalomanu have rebuilt their fales, businesses and the tourists are coming back. We stayed at Taufau Beach Fales where the fales were comfortable, the staff very friendly and the food plentiful. Taufau Beach Fales are certainly aimed at the backpacker traveller, and doing a fantastic job. Next door slightly more expensive but seemed to have those extra luxuries that we are often looking for is Litia Sini with lovely clean, modern enclosed fales overlooking the beach. We chose to spread our dollar around and stayed at Taufau but lunched each day at Litia Sini. The fresh tuna served up diffe... more »
Me and my wife a looking to travell to samoa in August and like any suggestions for a good fishing/surfing resort in Savaii. We would like to fish for Giant Travally's if possible.
Regarding the accomodation we are happy midrange fale's with a bar and a restaurant (with good seafood) and a golden sand beach (not asking for much aye- haha!).
Any help would be much appreciated.
hoping for some advice. Have 7 days in Samoa end of April 2012 and wanting to know if you think its possible to have a bit of a look around both islands in that time without feeling 'rushed'. Add into that mix my wife will be 6 months pregnant by then so we will need to slow up a bit on our normal travel style.
I was thinking/hoping it would be possible to spend around 3 days on Upolu around the Lalomanu area. I'll get a hire car to make exploring easy and time efficient and then head over to Savai'i and do the same, probably based around the north/east end of the island.
So the question is does this sound achievable? Or am I better to just chill and soak up the sun and fun on one island? I don't handle sitting still very well however I'm thinking my wife will enjoy it.
Also, can anyone advise on the best snorkelling spots on both islands. I've heard that the c... more »
Looking to do a 2 week trip in July -outside of the school holidays. Do we need to book accommodation? We are looking at budget end and want to travel both main islands - but I hate being committed to accommodation in advance. The fales sound awesome and would suit our budget
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does anyone know if there is a place on samoa where you can rent a room or fale on a monthly rate?
HI Folks, could you please assist with flights to and from Apia, Samoa and Rarotonga, Cooks, travel agents in Melbourne, Australia are not able to tell me which airlines fly between these Islands, apart from flying back to Auckland, NZ. I have checked websites for Air Rarotonga and Polynesian, but have not been able to find flights from Samoa to the Cooks.
Does anybody know what beaches Survivor was filmed on?
Hi there people
Just want to pick your brains!
I have a week booked in Samoa towards the end of February, I am a backpacker on a small budget, I would like to know where are the best and cheapest places to go, fales etc, just want to relax and maybe trek a small bit, don't need nothing special, not in a built up town either or late nights every night.
Thanks for your time guys
We are travelling to Samoa for a week in may and would like to do a few days in Savai'i and maybe 2 or three days in Upolu.I was thinking about renting a car with Avis for the week. Do you know if the sell the temporary driving licence at the airport or do we need to go to the police station in Apia first? And is it possible to take the car to Savai'i? (I read that some companies do not allow that) Do I need to reserve a spot on the ferry before arriving in Samoa or is one day in advance sufficient?
And when looking for information on different webpages I found a lot of warnings about driving in Samoa: Kids throwing stones at cars passing through the village, many break ins, destroyed cars when parking in a village without paying, beeing attacked by the locals when hitting a pig or something valuable.
Is it really that bad?
Another question is where to go when beach would be pr... more »
I'm going to be traveling to Samoa and American Samoa Dec. 29 to Jan. 2 to experience Samoa's move across the International Date Line and it's first NYE in which it will be among the first countries on earth to welcome the new year. On Jan. 1 I'll fly to American Samoa, crossing the date line and arriving on Dec. 31 in time to celebrate New Year's again (in the last territory in the world to celebrate NYE). Wondering if there's anyone else out there planning the same... would be fun to meet up!
Is there a maximum amount that you can withdraw from the ATMs per transaction or time period?
There are 2 issues of late in Samoa that are rearing their ugly heads more than usual...
1) The dog situation in Apia is really getting bad. You MUST take a taxi anywhere at night.... An absulute must (They're really, really cheap so use them, please and spare yourselves a trip for stiches at the MedCen and a horror story for the Thorntree)
2) There have been some very bad thefts from visitors at more than one beach fale... YOU MUST MAKE SURE YOUR VALUABLES ARE SAFE AND KEEP YOUR MONEY, PASSPORT, CREDIT CARDS ETC. ON YOUR PERSON AT ALL TIMES WHEN NOT IN YOUR FALE.
These thefts have been occuring on both Upolu and Savaii island. They seem to be random but it is an issue so take care.
Please don't constre that Samoa is a dangerous place... far from it. It's just that I think many Palangi travellers are losing their common sense and being too relaxed. (Would... more »
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