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Travelling on the Cheap in Samoa in the South Pacific

Samoa

Located in the South Pacific to the northeast of Fiji, Samoa is a beautiful destination for a relaxing tropical holiday. With colourful coral reefs, balmy waters, lush rainforests and interesting volcanic features, a holiday on Samoa can be as chilled out or adventurous as you want. In particular, it’s easy to visit Samoa on the cheap, using these tips.

Beach on Manono

Relax on a deserted beach on Manono Island, Samoa

Coral Reef in Samoa

Or snorkel the beautiful coral reefs that surround Samoa’s islands

The Best (& Cheapest) Accommodation Option in Samoa

As with many of the other island nations in the South Pacific, there are plenty of all-inclusive resorts to stay at in Samoa. Book your package, hop on a flight (usually from Australia or New Zealand), be transferred to your destination, and then sit back and relax, with your meals, activities and pool-side cocktails taken care of. However, this isn’t the only option for accommodation, nor my favourite…

Along most beaches in Samoa are beach “fales” (or huts), run by the local communities and families.  Rustic in style, they generally consist of a woven roof and woven panels around the side, that can be tied up during the day. Though these are often supplemented by tarps for extra protection from tropical storms.  The interior is usually quite simple. Usually they simply have a mattress and sheet on the floor, plus a mosquito net and perhaps a chest for luggage.

Typical Fales in Samoa

Typical fales in Samoa fronting onto the beach

Overwater Fale in Samoa

An “overwater fale”

Lalomanu

Multiple fale options exist along the spectacular Lalomanu beach

But when you’re absolutely beachfront, spending your days swimming, snorkelling and lazing around, and the temperatures every day range from the mid-20s to the low-30s, what more do you need?  Especially when prices start from just 60 Samoan Tala (about $30 AUD in February 2017) per person per night. Usually this also includes a simple breakfast and dinner served communal style. And everywhere has for sale the cheap local beer, called Vailima (meaning “water in hand”!)

Getting Around in Samoa

Boat to Manono Island

Taking a boat to Manono Island

The easiest option for getting between the small resorts scattered along the coastlines of Upolu and Savai’i, Samoa’s two main islands, is by hiring a car. Cars are available to hire and drive around both islands.  Alternatively, it’s possible to manage with a mixture of transport options: transfers organised through your accommodation, the cheap and colourful local buses, the occasional taxi, and maybe even hitching a ride off a local.

An inter-island ferry runs betyween Upolu and Savai’i. It takes just over an hour and costs 12 Samoan Tala, extra for cars.  To get to Manono Island, the third largest island, book a boat trip with your accommodation. It’s so small that there are no cars on the island; it’s possibility to walk around it in around 1 hour.

Keep in mind that Samoa is best visited between the months of May to October, outside of the rainy and cyclone season. Enjoy!

Gorgeous Manono

Gorgeous Manono Island

Rustic Manono

The end of another day in the paradise called Samoa

Looking for more cheap adventures in the South Pacific? Check out my guide to island hopping in Fiji on a budget

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