Are you looking for a holiday with a difference? Somewhere that offers a unique experience but is light on the pocket? Samoa is a destination that is brimming with culture and an authentic, untouched feel. The best part, it’s only a four hour flight time from New Zealand and you feel like you’re in another world.
To help you on your way, the team at Flight Centre have put together some top tips for holidaying in Samoa...
Camping, Samoan Style
For a culturally enriching experience, make the most of your holiday and stay in a few different places while you’re in Samoa. For an authentic stay that is easy on the pocket, spend a few nights in a Fale – these are very traditional and similar to camping, with a mattress, blanket and mosquito net in your own little bungalow.
Samoa's Papase'ea Sliding Rocks are a group of waterfalls in the middle of Samoa's rainforest, with natural waterslides that have been formed by some moss-covered rocks. There's three slides of varying lengths with a water pool at the bottom to land in. It's a must-do for any Samoa holiday - make sure you get there when there's been a bit of rain so they're slippery enough!
Hire a Car
Samoa is quite large and while there is public transport, it’s not always reliable. Hire a car to save yourself some time and frustration - you can organise this before you depart and just collect it at the airport when you arrive. If you decide to stay in Savaii, you can also just take the car over with you on the ferry. A word of warning, if you’re travelling in a ute, don’t sit on the sides of the tray. While you may see some locals doing it, you can be fined.
Stock Up on Essentials
Take advantage of the larger supermarkets when you get a chance. Pre-purchasing things like snacks and large bottles of water will save you money, particularly if you’re staying somewhere remote. If you’re really organised, you could even pack some goodies from home to take with you.
Samoan legend has it that sea turtles are able to save fishermen lost at sea by bringing them safely to shore - perhaps why their name in Samoan, ‘I’a sa’, means 'sacred fish'.
There are plenty of spots to see these protected and endangered creatures in Samoa. You can get up close to them at a conservation park on land, swim with them on the south east coast of Upolu or see them by sea kayak with one of the many hire companies operating inside the turquoise lagoons.
Traditional Food, Yes Please
While there isn’t a huge range of accommodation options available in Upolu and Savaii, if you work with your consultant, you can find some real bargains. A lot of the local accommodation providers include breakfast and dinner in your room rate – a great way to front foot your costs and keep your pockets full for activities. Not to mention, it’s often delicious.
Fill ‘er Up
In Samoa, all of the natural attractions come with a price tag for entry. It’s vastly different to the land of the long white cloud and even a quick dip at an attractive looking lagoon could set you back a few Tala. Many of the sights charge either per person, or per car load which often works out to be cheaper if you’re travelling with more people.
Some of the best waves in the pacific can be surfed on the islands of Samoa and there's a good chance you might be able to enjoy it all to yourself. Even the names of the breaks are alluring - Dragon's Breath and Devil's Island are just a couple. If you're still feeling energetic afterwards, there are some awesome diving and snorkelling spots to take advantage of.
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