Top 10 Tips Before Your Epic Samoa Holiday

Travel Tips

HOLIDAYING IN SAMOA:

10 TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Here are 10 expert tips to help you get the very most out of your holiday adventure in the ‘Treasured Islands’ of Samoa. Whether it’s a family getaway, a honeymoon to celebrate the start of a new life or an adventure escape, there is something for everyone in Samoa! Dive in and get our South Pacific Specialists’ top 10 tips on travelling in Samoa.

Choosing a time to visit

Samoa enjoys warm, beach-friendly weather all year round. However, there is a distinct wet season between November and March. Ergo, the best time to visit Samoa is during the dry season which runs from June to September. .

Average temperature of 28°C
between October to April

July is typically hottest
month of the year

Fewest rainy days in
July-August

Average annual rainfall
is around 3000mm

Top Resorts in Samoa

wedding

for 20 guests

Le Lagoto Resort And Spa

Approx.
AUD $3,200

Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa

Approx.
AUD $4,000

Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa

Approx.
AUD $5,200

Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort

Approx.
AUD $5,600

Seabreeze Resort Samoa

Approx.
AUD $3,500

honeymoons

SETTING YOURSELF A DAILY BUDGET

Although life is extra easy in Samoa, the day-to-day cost will vary depending on activities, meals and any additional purchases during your stay. On the whole, staying in Samoa will not burn a hole in your wallet!

AUD$ 140 per person per day in Samoa is a minimal spend

AUD$ 200-400 for a mid-range spend

For a luxury-style trip, aim for at least AUD$ 500 per day

Day trip prices sit at around AUD$ 40-100

ARRANGING VACCINATIONS

Samoa is one of the safest countries to travel to, heath-wise. There are no shots required, unless you’re travelling/ hopping from a country which has health advisories. There are no poisonous insects or critters, but that said – do keep a bottle or spray of industrial-strength mosquito repellent (they’re most determined!).

Samoa is safe – no vaccinations needed !

It has no poisonous insects or reptiles, so feel free to explore the jungles!

Do carry bug spray and heavy duty mosquito repellent.

CHANGING UP CURRENCY

THE LOCAL CURRENCY IS THE SAMOAN TALA. THE EXCHANGE RATE IS APPROXIMATELY 1.8 TO THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR.

Banknotes frequently used are: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 tālā

Do carry cash on you (don’t worry, Samoa has one of the lowest crime rates!)

ATMs are available both in Upolu and Savai’i.

There is a small surcharge on top of your bank’s conversion rates/fees & charges

Both ANZ and Bank South Pacific have branches at the Faleolo International Airport

Allergy advice

A typical Samoan dish is likely to consist of fish, seafood, and root vegetables but many resorts will cater for all tastes. Before you depart alert your resort to any dietary requirements you have. Some foods may contain traces of nuts.

INTERNET AND WIFI

Samoa is a Wi-Fi friendly destination and offers holidaymakers a number of options for connecting online. Most all resorts offer WiFi, as do restaurants and cafes

Prepay accounts are available for devices

Digicel and Bluesky Samoa provide mobile WiFi options

Portable WiFi devices generally cost AUD$ 60 and 1GB of data costs AUD$ 4

There are 8 dedicated Internet cafes in Apia and the one in Savai’i.

Data usage at an internet café costs between AUD$ 1-5 per hour

Mobile – 8.35 mbps download & 6.39 upload mbps in Apia – compared to Global Average of 23.57 & 9.35

Packing for the trip

Stick to t-shirts and shorts for the most part! Samoa is a warm country, so unless you’re going to a formal restaurant (or church!), you’re pretty set!

Hiring a nanny or childminder

Samoa is a fantastic destination for nanny services, which can be arranged through your resort or on arrival.

Nannies can be hired for extra help any time of day

Great for meal times, sleep times and pool or beach days

Prices range from AUD$ 3-7 per hour

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