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About Samoa

Samoa has also received quite a bit of exposure as a surf destination over the last couple of years. A number of breaks are available on Upolu and Savaii. Surf packages can be individually arranged including flights, accommodation and meals.

Aganoa Beach Retreat (formerly Savaii Surfaries) offer accommodation and surf transfer packages on Savaii with beach fale accommodation. Savaii is a truly wonderful island and surf destination with a very good surf guide.

On Upolu, Samoana Resort is of a slightly higher standard and is perfect for families while also being totally focused on maximising the surf adventure. Boat and car access is offered plus an idyllic beach location and facilities.

Also located on the south coast of Upolu is Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa. This 3 1/2 - 4 star resort has its own massage and spa complex and is great for those looking for resort standard accommodation while being close to the surf.

Salani Surf Resort, again located on the southern coast has a perfect surf location on arguably the two finest and most consistent breaks (Salani Left & Salani Right) on Upolu. They can also access several other breaks around the island on both South and North coasts. In our winter months, the main surfing areas are on the south of each island with surf from the north (and south) in the summer months. The winter season sees very consistent swells with east trade winds, Summer still sees consistent south swells and north swells, and the trade winds switch to a very light northerly direction. These trades all year round generally come up mid/late morning and back off late afternoon.

Note- most breaks in Samoa are well offshore, some plagued with strong currents and tides and are therefore difficult to access. Salani Surf Resort and Savaii Surfaris minimize the time and hassle in surfing these waves whilst striving to provide safe, fast, guided access to the best waves.

Samoa, like Tonga, does not have a big tourist industry and everything works on local time. Samoa is a relatively undeveloped destination for surfers and travellers. Virgin Samoa & Air New Zealand fly to Apia on a regular basis.

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CURRENCY

The Samoan dollar or Tala is the local currency and is tied to a basket of the currencies of its main trading partners. There are three commercial trading banks in Samoa: the Bank of Samoa, the Pacific Commercial Bank and the National Bank of Western Samoa.

Normal banking hours: 9.00am to 3.00pm (Monday to Friday), and the Bank of Samoa is open from 8.30am to 11.30am on Saturday.

VISA

Visitors (travelling on NZ passports) do not require an entry permit if staying 30 days or less.

CLIMATE

Being a tropical maritime climate, Samoa has two distinct seasons. December to April is the hot and rainy season, where temperatures go up to 30°C and three centimetres of rain falls on a typical day. Fortunately, the heat is tempered by tradewinds and the cooling effect of afternoon downpours. May to November is cooler and drier, with less humidity and pleasantly cool evenings. Samoa is also prone to hurricanes and cyclones in the rainy season, which can cause widespread devastation.

Samoan is the official language, but English is used in administration and commerce and is widely spoken.

RELIGION

The main religions in Samoan are Anglican, Apostolic, Assembly of God, Baha'i, Baptist, Congregational Christian, Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah's Witness, Protestant, Peace Chapel, Seventh Day Adventist and Nazarene. Sunday is reserved as a day of worship as Samoa is a fervently Christian country.

HEALTH/MEDICAL FACILITIES

Visitors are advised to have typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations and while there is some tuberculosis and filariasis in the country, if proper sanitation and hygiene are followed, the risks are minimal. Give immediate attention to coral cuts and other skin problems.

Samoa has one national hospital, four district hospitals and 28 health centres, and a number of private doctors and dentists.

WATER

It is advisable to check the source of all drinking water. Tap water should be boiled, but mineral water sourced from mountain springs is usually available and is safe. Bottled water is sold in most areas.