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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Guesthouse bed: ST35–125
  • Basket of fruit at a local market: ST7-25
  • 'Custom fee' to access beaches: from ST15
  • Double room in a boutique hotel or small resort: ST250–625
  • Main course in a local cafe: ST25–50
  • Car hire: ST110
Top end (more than)
  • Night in an over-the-water bungalow: from ST1250
  • Dinner at a restaurant with international chef: ST190–500
  • Two-tank scuba dive: ST375

The tala (dollar), divided into 100 sene (cents), is the unit of currency in use in Samoa.


Not expected or encouraged, though it is acceptable for exceptional service at finer restaurants.