So you want to visit Samoa. And you should. It’s awesome. Not sure? Just check out my Samoa photo post for some visual inspiration.
So what should you do? How much time do you need? So here is my guide to you! You will notice that out of the two islands, I advise to spend the most time in Savai’i. This is because I found this to be the more beautiful, untouched, and geniune island. I hope you agree!
Not much time? Samoa itinerary in 5 days
If you are just on a quick stop over, or quick holiday with not much time, you will still be able to see some of the main sights of Samoa.
Day 1: You will most likely arrive in the early hours of the morning. Grab a taxi to Apia and get some much needed rest. The best budget accommodation option is Tatiana’s Motel which offers simple rooms with shared bathrooms and a simple breakfast in the morning. Spend the day getting your bearings in Apia, check out the souvineer market and organize a rental car. If you have time, check out the sliding rocks which are just outside of the city.
Day 2: Road trip around Upolu. There are many great beaches around Upolu, but resist the urge to stay over night. The beaches are much better on Savai’i. Check out the waterfalls and other natural features of the main island. Spend the night back in Apia.
Day 3: Catch the morning ferry to Savai’i. You don’t have much time so you will want to pick one place to stay on the island and make that your base. A beautiful secluded accommodation option (and the best bang for your buck) is Joelan’s on Lano beach. Another good option, and a good place to meet other travellers, is Tanu’s beach fales at Manase beach. Both are good bases, but Joelan’s is more centrally located when considering the attractions of interest. Spend your first day chilling on the beach and enjoying yourself.
Day 4: Catch a bus back to the main town of Salelologa and hire a car for the day. Explore the islands attractions for the day.
Day 5: Catch the ferry back to Upulo, and head to your flight home.
Decent amount of time available? Samoa itinerary in 7 days
With two more days available you are able to spend a bit more time on the island of your choice. Follow the 5 day itinerary and use your extra days to laze on one of the beaches of your choice on either Upulo or Savai’i.
Ideal! 10 days in Samoa
With 10 days in Samoa you will not only have enough time to stay a night or two at one of the great beach resorts of Upolu, but you will also have time to visit both Lano beach and Manase beach on Savai’i. You will also have the time to hike Mt. Matavanu and meet crator man on Savai’i as well.