The Tourist's Handbook for Samoa


Samoa is the ULTIMATE paradise!


But just like any other holiday destination, a few bumps are bound to happen along the way.

Here are 10 of my hottest tips to ensure a smooth and successful Samoan experience!





1. SIM CARD UPON ARRIVAL

Once you have cleared customs and have all your luggage in check, you will find 2 telecommunication carriers in the ARRIVALS section : DIGICEL and BLUESKY.

I use DIGICEL and usually opt for their SUPER SEKI DATA plan (WST$20 for 6GB), although BLUESKY has more nationwide coverage. Find a data plan that works for you/your length of stay.

Not everyone on island uses the internet so make sure to have an extra WST$5 of phone credit

for phone calls or texts.

*Sim cards are free at the airport so you will only need to pay for credit/data.



2. HIRE A RENTAL

Unless you're okay with paying a hefty cab bill, cruising on island time local buses, or staying at one location your entire holiday, it's a good idea to get a rental car.

You will find most tourist attractions are within an hour's drive away from each other.

*Rental vehicles start from WST$80.



3. ALWAYS CARRY CASH!

Apart from the occasional EFTPOS within the Apia area, most businesses handle cash payments.

Samoan attractions are based on village territory, which means each village is responsible for the upkeep of their grounds, provide toilets and fales (beach huts), and request an entry fee.

*Most beaches charge per car (WST$20-$50 per vehicle and/or fale) while other places charge per person (WST$5-$20).



4. OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT

Yes you! Haha.

The national speed limit is a whooping 56km/h (35mph)!

You'll notice as you drive from place to place the occasional pedestrian, and I don't just mean people! Samoan's keep their livestock in their front yards and you are bound to come across the occasional pig, chicken, or cow.

Drive mindfully.



5. PLASTIC BAN

Samoa is implementing a plastic ban!

Bring your own reusable straw, keep cup, and grocery bags for quick and easy

shopping or takeaway around Samoa.



6. H20

A bottle of water on hand is just as important as breathing!

Samoa has temperatures averaging 29ºC and 80-95% humidity.

I've grown up in this climate and insist on drinking a minimum of 2Ltrs of water daily.

If not, I feel fatigued, dehydrated and suffer from mild headaches.

Do not underestimate your water intake, even if you're not thirsty. Better safe than sorry.

*Make sure your water is filtered or grab a local niu (fresh coconut water) which is filled with electrolytes!



7. VISIT THE MARKETS!

Samoa is famous for two things : FOOD + CRAFT!

Both centered in Apia town (in Upolu), the Drive-Through Farmer's Market is filled with locally grown produce and the Handicraft Market is perfect for mementos of your Samoan experience as well as beautiful gifts for friends and family back home.



8. PRE-DOWNLOAD

You are guaranteed to run into bad reception during your stay and that's fine because, let's be honest, you didn't come for the Wifi.

I always download my fav podcasts, music, or movies onto my phone so they're easily accessible if I have a long day out without online connection.



9. SUNSCREEN

Everyone wants that holiday glow but too many end up with a terrible sunburn. Pack sunscreen!

However, not all sunscreens are safe for your body or our ocean so find the sunscreens that are labeled REEF SAFE and check that ingredients DO NOT include

OXYBENZONE and OCTINOXATE as these specific chemicals bleach and damage our reefs.

Some great options for Reef Safe Sunscreen are

WE ARE FEEL GOOD INC, REN SKINCARE, and GOT SKINNIES.



10. RELAX

Samoa is paradise. Untouched, worry-free, exclusive paradise.

Slow down, take a deep breath, and treat it like the holiday you deserve.



And there you have it! A simple yet effective handbook to ensure you have the

smoothest Samoan experience.

Head back to MY ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SAMOA for my favorite Food Spots + Tourist Attractions.

If you have any questions EMAIL ME or leave a comment below.


Enjoy!


Sincerely,

Alexia Rae.




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