Insider's Guide: Road tripping in Samoa!
Despite the lack of road signs, you don’t need to worry about getting lost when taking a road trip around Savai’i island in Samoa – one road circumnavigates the entire island, so pick a direction and keep the ocean on the same side!
Savai’i is the biggest island in Polynesia outside Hawaii and New Zealand – you can drive around it in a day, but with plenty of accommodation options along the way it’s best to break it up. Adventure World’s Alison Scott recently hit the road in Samoa and shared some of her top tips for getting the most out of an on-road adventure. Alison headed counter-clockwise around the island from the Salelologa Ferry Wharf.
HERE'S WHAT alison HAD TO SAY:
Adventure World traveller Alison enjoys the beauty of the idyllic island of Savai'i.
I’d read about a lava flow so was keeping my eyes peeled – though quickly discovered you don’t need to worry about missing it as the lush tropical foliage suddenly gives way to layer upon layer of thick lava. Mt Matavanu erupted between 1905 and 1911 and the resulting lava flow has created a thick black blanket that covers a good chunk of the island. It’s fascinating to walk across and it gives you a sense of the scale of the eruption.
Ten minutes’ drive up the road you’ll come across the Saleaula Lava Field where you can see what remains of a church that was engulfed by the lava flow and the so-called 'Virgin’s Grave'. It’s well worth the Samoan tala that you’ll pay for entry and a guide.
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A half buried church at leading attraction site, Saleaula Lava Fields, Savai'i.
If there was ever a place to play ‘eye spy’, Savai’i is it – from the colourful buses that bump around the island blaring pop music, to the glossy-feathered roosters, spotty pigs or coconut stalls that pepper the villages, there’s always something to see and locals to wave at.
Representative of the Samoan people, the buses around Samoa are colourful and vibrant.
If you’re scared of heights keep on driving past the turnoff for the Canopy Walkway on the western tip of the island. Those who welcome a shot of adrenalin during their holiday can climb a winding set of stairs to a narrow bridge reaching two trees high above the forest floor. From the lookout on the other side there are impressive views over the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve.
A must-do activity for the adventurous at heart- Canopy Walkway at Falealupo Rainforest Reserve.
We’d been waiting and watching Alofaaga Blowhole eagerly – the first few waves sent a measly, disappointing stream up. The third wave was the winner – we heard it rush in under the rocks before bursting through the blowhole and roaring into the sky. It’s well worth a stop at this natural attraction on the south coast – if only for the childish sense of excitement that takes over when there’s a good wave.
You can’t go far without passing small shops beside the road. Don’t expect a lot of variety but if you need a snack you can’t go past the local soft drink Taxi and bag of Bongos chips.
The Inter-island ferry runs between Mulifanua Wharf on Upolu (near the international airport) to Salelologa Wharf on Savaii several times daily. It’s best to arrive early to get your tickets - particularly in peak season. The trip is around an hour.
When you’re over on Upolo Island make sure you fill up the car in Apia – it’s the only place to buy petrol on the island!
On Savai'i you will generally stay in simple fale (beach bungalow) accommodation. Ask our travel experts to recommend something to suit your travel style.
Accommodation with a difference - Wake up to the sound of the waves on the beautiful shores of Savai'i.
Across to the north-west of Upolu lies Samoa’s ‘big island’ of Savai'i. Easily accessed by an hour's ferry ride, Savai'i is a must for any visitor wishing to explore the real Samoa. Adventure World can arrange car hire in advance.
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