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Samoa Adventure

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Samoa Adventure

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Between snorkelling over colourful coral reefs that teem with wildlife and plunging into pristine waterholes below hidden waterfalls, this is a trip for your swimsuit! Among all the beautiful natural gifts that the islands of Samoa have to offer, you’ll also spend time learning about the traditional culture and village life of the locals. With fully guided day tours around different parts of two islands, as well as time to yourself to relax and unwind, this 8-day Samoan adventure is paradise. Explore bustling markets to stock up on souvenirs and experience a traditional fiafia night with fire dancing and feasting – to cap it all off.

Trip Name
Samoa Adventure
Last Updated
2024-06-16
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Fa'a Samoa – The Samoan Way. This phrase refers to the Samoan culture and traditions that influence the lives of many local people. Experience this in immersive village tours with your local leader, who will introduce you to the culture and traditions of each spot.
  • Make the most of the pristine water and slide down a natural rockslide into the waterholes at Papase’ea. Visit the stunning sandy beaches Vauvua and Lalomanu and snorkel in Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, teeming with tropical fish and coral.
  • Be amazed by the ancient Star Mounds in Cape Falealupo, one of Samoa's most sacred places, and the remains of the Virgin's grave and the LMS Church. Walk across lava rocks – evidence of the destructive eruption in 1905.
  • Enjoy a fiafia night – a traditional celebration of dance, costumes, music and feasting on dishes that are cooked in an umu oven using hot volcanic rock.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Apia
Talofa! Welcome to Samoa. An arrival transfer is available for pre-booking from Apia’s Faleolo Airport. If you've booked one, keep an eye out for your driver who will present you with a flower ula to wear to get you in the mood for your island getaway. They will take you to your hotel where you can check in before meeting your group and trip leader for a welcome meeting at 6 pm over drinks and snacks. After the welcome meeting, maybe head out for dinner with your group – your leader will be able to show you some great local spots.
Day 2 - Apia
After a leisurely breakfast you’ll head out for a full day of exploration. Today’s schedule includes some water activities, so make sure you pack swimwear. This morning you’ll visit Mulivai Cathedral and then take a quick tour of the beautiful Mulinuu Point on the peninsula. Stopping in at the markets on the way, you can shop for souvenirs, fruit and local handicrafts. Then it's on to Papase’ea Sliding Rocks - a natural playground that gives even the best water parks a run for their money! After lunch at a local cafe, where you can often see a demonstration of ‘elei printing, the traditional Samoan designs on fabric, you'll head to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum – the famous Scottish author who made his home on the island. Further uphill, visit the Baha'i House of Worship – a beautiful temple set among acres of prayer gardens. Our final destination for the day is the white sandy beaches of Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, with the option of snorkelling over the vibrant reef, abundant with colourful coral and wildlife. Return to the hotel and enjoy an optional dinner at one of the many waterfront eateries in Apia tonight.
Day 3 - Savai'i
An early start today as you’ll leave the hotel around 6 am and take a private transfer to the ferry terminal. Board the 8am ferry for the journey to your next destination in Samoa - Savai'i, the largest island in the Samoan Islands Archipelago. The ferry trip takes just over an hour. Savai’i also features prominently in Samoa’s history, legends and myths, and you will get a chance to visit a few spots where some of these stories originated from. Your first stop will be the Savai’i Market before travelling to one of the region's highlights - the spectacular Blowholes. As you journey across Savai'i, there'll be a chance to visit a number of other points of interest along the way as well as enjoy the views of Samoan villages and their colourful gardens. If there's time before your included dinner at our accommmodation, you can fit in a quick dip in the ocean.
Day 4 - Savai'i
After a delicious included breakfast spread, start your day with a visit to Cape Falealupo - the easternmost point in Samoa. Spend half a day here at the various sites learning about Samoan legends and culture, including Giant Moso's Footprint, the Ancient Star Mound, Fafao o SaoAli'l (Passage of the Afterlife) and more. Return to our accommodation for some relaxation and beach time. Tonight we will have a fia fia (happy get together) at our accommodation. This is a chance for everyone to come together and celebrate heritage with music and dance and a delicious buffet dinner made with fresh local produce. Don’t be shy, join the fun and dance along!
Day 5 - Savai'i - Lalomanu
Travel along the north coast of Savai'i after breakfast today, with a picnic lunch along the way. You will travel through some of the most beautiful villages in Savai’i then continue on to the Sale’aula Lava Fields to witness the remains of the eruption of Mt Matavanu in 1905, the Virgin’s Grave and nearby church. Depart from Savai’i on the 2pm ferry and continue to our final accommodation of the trip on the coast of Upolu at Lalomanu, voted one of the best beaches in Samoa. There'll be time for a swim, snorkel or wander along the beach here before our included dinner tonight. 
Day 6 - Lalomanu - Vavau Village
Enjoy breakfast, and a bit of free time this morning before we depart for our village cultural day. Make sure to bring your lavalava as you'll be met by village chiefs and matais who will hold an ava (welcoming ceremony) for us at the village of Vavau. Be prepared to enjoy plenty of traditional Samoan foods as part of our feast while the local women's committee and youth share songs and dances. After lunch, join in some Samoan games and activities such as taulafoga (coconut tossing) and tagati'a (spear throwing) before farewelling our friends and having some free time to ourselves on the beach. Return to Lalomanu in time for our included dinner. 
Day 7 - Lalomanu
More exploring today after breakfast, including the Sopoaga waterfalls, Ma Tree walk, and the iconic To Sua Trench. Bring your swimwear as there will be plenty of opportunities for a dip! Back at our accommodation for our final night, farewell your time in Samoa with dinner and a show of fa'ataupati (slap dance) and fire knife dancing. Make some final memories, dance and have fun!
Day 8 - Lalomanu
Sunday is a day of rest, but in Samoa not until after church. A highlight for many visitors to Samoa is visiting a local church service, and your tour leader can help organise this for anyone interested. You may wish to book additional accommodation to extend your stay, otherwise your time in Samoa comes to an end after breakfast today. 

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
07-07-202414-07-2024AUD $ 4,029-
21-07-202428-07-2024AUD $ 3,776-
11-08-202418-08-2024AUD $ 4,740-
08-09-202415-09-2024AUD $ 4,040-
22-09-202429-09-2024AUD $ 3,960-
06-10-202413-10-2024AUD $ 3,885-
20-04-202527-04-2025AUD $ 4,075-
04-05-202511-05-2025AUD $ 4,075-
18-05-202525-05-2025AUD $ 4,075-
08-06-202515-06-2025AUD $ 4,075-
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $ 4,240-
06-07-202513-07-2025AUD $ 4,240-
20-07-202527-07-2025AUD $ 4,405-
03-08-202510-08-2025AUD $ 4,405-
17-08-202524-08-2025AUD $ 4,405-
07-09-202514-09-2025AUD $ 4,405-
21-09-202528-09-2025AUD $ 4,240-
05-10-202512-10-2025AUD $ 4,240-
19-10-202526-10-2025AUD $ 4,075-
19-04-202626-04-2026AUD $ 4,250-
03-05-202610-05-2026AUD $ 4,250-
17-05-202624-05-2026AUD $ 4,250-
07-06-202614-06-2026AUD $ 4,420-
21-06-202628-06-2026AUD $ 4,420-
05-07-202612-07-2026AUD $ 4,590-
19-07-202626-07-2026AUD $ 4,590-
02-08-202609-08-2026AUD $ 4,590-
16-08-202623-08-2026AUD $ 4,590-
06-09-202613-09-2026AUD $ 4,420-
20-09-202627-09-2026AUD $ 4,420-
04-10-202611-10-2026AUD $ 4,250-
18-10-202625-10-2026AUD $ 4,250-

Accommodation

Hotel - Superior Garden & Ocean View Rooms (2 nights),Seaside Lodge - Tui Moana Ensuites (2 nights),Airconditioned Villas (3 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,Ferry

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