Dream away to a better place and you will wake up in Samoa. Nine small tropical islands covered by mountains and volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, moist rainforests and warm sandy beaches.
The islands are surrounded by clear, blue water and colorful coral reefs. Here life goes its own way, calmly and quietly – and the most important thing here is to just enjoy life and its gifts.
On this page you will find practical information and facts about Samoa.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN SAMOA
Climate and best travel time
The best time to visit Samoa is between May and October. This time of year is characterized by less rain and milder temperatures. Visit sportsqna.com for Samoa as a tourist country.
Our recommendations for the best time to travel are based on the weather in previous years. However, the weather in Samoa can be very changeable and our recommendations should only be seen as an indication of what the weather is usually like.
The local currency is the samoadollar; tālā. There are ATMs in larger villages where you can also most often use credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard. If you are going to the smaller islands, it is good to plan your purchases and bring enough cash as there are not always ATMs.
To travel to Samoa, you must have a ticket out of the country, the passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. You get a 60-day tourist visa on arrival free of charge.
NOTE! Visa rules can be changed at short notice so we recommend that you check the rules with the country’s embassy in good time before departure as the above information may change.
Transport between landed larger islands is done by plane or ferry. You can then choose to explore the islands by rental car, bicycle or on foot.
In most countries of the world, tips are part of the salary of employees in the service industry. It is therefore customary to give drinks to e.g. cleaning shoes, waiters, guides and drivers a bit depending on which country you are in. Feel free to read Lonely Planet’s guide books to get an idea of what sums are suitable in the particular country you are traveling in.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH AND SAMOAN
CURRENCY: SAMOA TALA
Samoa is located in the southernmost part of the Pacific Ocean and has a total area about as large as Gotland. Two thirds of the population live on the island of Opulu in small villages with less than 500 people – the country’s only city is the capital Apia.
Turtles, volcanoes and surfing
Whales, lizards and bird species you will not find anywhere else in the world can be found in Samoa. The country’s many animals can be seen both on land and at sea and up in the sky. Swim with the turtles, hike on a footbridge high in the air among treetops and birds. Take a cooling dip in a waterfall, explore caves with lots of bats and hike on solidified lava. The sea outside is also perfect for surfing, diving and snorkeling!
Afio mai – kom!
The hospitable Samoans often begin their sentences with the words “sus mai” meaning listen or “afia mai” meaning come. If he or she is invited home to a samoan, he or she takes pride in making the guests feel as welcome as possible. A good way to get in touch with the country’s inhabitants is either at the local markets among exotic fruits and colorful handicrafts or by bike around the larger islands. The roads are paved and there is little traffic so exploring and experiencing Samoa by bike or rental car is a very good idea.