ABOUT SAMOA

Tourism & Travel


TOURISM


Samoa - Tropical Paradise!
Samoa is an attractive tourism destination. It offers a range of natural and cultural attractions that appeal to visitors from a number of major international markets.

Samoa's unique culture provides a friendly and relaxed environment for visitors and provides opportunities for experiencing a distinctive Polynesian cultural heritage.

The country has a sophisticated tourism infrastructure, including a variety of accommodation facilities ranging from modern hotels to guesthouses, an extensive range of attractions and activities, an international airport, modern communication systems and an excellent road network.

The investment climate in Samoa is healthy, with strong growth in the sector having been recorded over the last five years.

 For more comprehensive information on tourism here in Samoa, please visit the Samoa Tourism Authority website.


TRAVEL

AIRLINES (INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC)


Faleolo International Airport
Samoa's international airport - Faleolo International Airport (APW) - is situated approx. 35km west of Apia. Airport bus shuttles are available between major hotels in Apia and the airport. For information, please contact your hotel.

A regional airport - Maota Airport (MXS) - is located on Savaii, about a 10 minute drive south of Salelologa.

Airlines servicing Samoa:

Air New Zealand:
Telephone: (+685) 20825
Facsimilie: (+685) 22478
Email: airnzsamoa@airnz.co.nz
Web: airnewzealand.com
Polynesian Blue:
Telephone: (+685) 28112
Facsimilie: (+685) 25469
Web: www.polynesianblue.com
Polynesian Airlines:
Telephone: (+685) 21261
Facsimilie: (+685) 24950
Email: sales@polynesianairlines.ws
Web: www.polynesianairlines.com
Fiji Airways :
Telephone: +679 6737274
Email: service@fijiairways.com
Web: www.fijiairways.com

 

BUSES


Samoan Buses
Buses on Upolu and Savaii are plentiful, cheap, and an experience and lasting memory for the visitor. Buses are named with their destination area or village. To ensure you catch the correct bus, ask the driver and they will advise which bus you need.

The main bus terminal in Apia is located near the food market in Fugalei.
On Savaii, the bus terminal can be found at the market in Salelologa.

 For a list of fares, and for a copy of a bus shedule, please contact the Samoa Tourism Authority.

Handy tips: Fares are paid to the driver when you alight. It is advisable to have the correct fare, or use small notes or change. Standing is not allowed on the bus.

 

CAR HIRE

There are several rental car companies throughout Samoa, the major locations being Apia, Faleolo International Airport, and Salelologa on Savaii. Enquire at your hotel, or visit the Samoa Tourism Authority's kiosk at the airport for information on rental car companies.

By law, it is required that your licence is endorsed by the Transport Control Board prior to collecting your rental vehicle. The Transport Control Board is located in Vaitele (close to Apia) and will validate your licence for a small fee. Just ask the Rental company for assistance with this regard.

Please note that speed limits in towns and villages in 25mph and 35mph between villages and non-populated areas.
Care should be taken when driving as many locals, as well as wildlife, walk on or beside the roads.

 

Updated: 16 June 2008