Before defintely leaving the Southern hemisphere at least for a while, we decided to enjoy a short break in the Pacific islands and this time we chose Samoa.
Samoa is just under 4hours from Auckland, our previous location, and it is still quite unspoilt and underdeveloped in terms of tourism. Let’s say it’s still authentic!
Where to stay?
There are different options on the 10 Samoan islands, but don’t expect the variety or the standard you’d find in Fiji. We stayed at the Sheraton Aggies Grey’s Resort and one of the reasons for this is because my husband is an SPG member and you are usually sure of their standard… it was really advantageous for us. It’s definitely quite a nice resort, with some room for improvement, due the fact that Sheraton started to manage it only recently and because Samoans are not used to mass tourism and they take their time to do things, but usually always with a smile on their face. So you’d need to take this into consideration and just relax yourself and make the best of your Samoan stay.
Other options I’d recommend at least for one night, are the “Fales” (typical Samoan huts), especially the ones at Lalomanu beach, where the beach and the view is simply amazing. If not staying there, at least make a day trip there. You can also have lunch or drink something there. It’s about 1hr30 from Apia by car.
These accommodation options are all on Upolu island where flights arrive.
How to reach Samoa?
Not many airlines fly to Samoa, but for now you get to choose at least among three:
– Virgin Samoa, from Auckland NZ
– Air New Zealand, from Auckland NZ
– Fiji airways from Nadi Fiji
What is to experience in Samoa?
A lot, but here are at least 3 things:
1.- SEA – Definitely the sea life and snorkelling, although you’d expect to access more beaches, but sometimes there’s just no beach or there are houses on the shore. Sometimes you might be asked to pay a small fee to bathe in the sea. Samoans will share that money with the rest of the community.
2. NATURE – both close to the to the beach and inland, where you can see lush vegetations, beautifully kept gardens, a variety of plants, flowers and fruit, and waterfalls.
3.LOCALS – if you manage, interact with the locals. They are all very nice and always nice. Some of them, not used to tourism will try to take advantage of the fact you’re a tourist, but I guess this happens a bit everywhere.
And then just relax, enjoy the nature, the slow paced life the Samoan way “Fa’asamoa” and take it all in!