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Resorts Around the Island

Eastern Savai'i

The Safua Hotel, in a garden setting at Lalomalava, six km north of the wharf, was the first hotel on Savai'i. The 12 Samoan fale with private facilities and fan are now rather rundown and the Safua is not actively seeking guests. There's no phone, fax, or website for this hotel, so you'll just need to drop in to find out if they can accommodate you. School groups still come through to do eco tours with Warren Jopling.

The Savaiian Hotel, behind the gas station just south of the Safua at Lalomalava, has less Samoan atmosphere but more creature comforts. Built in 1992, it's on a rocky shore but is spacious and clean. The six air-conditioned duplex units with cooking facilities, fridge, and private bath (hot water) are complemented by four thatched fale at the back of the yard. These have a toilet, fan, and four beds but no cooking facilities. Rentals cars are available.

If you want to be at the beach, there's the Siufaga Beach Resort, also known as the Caffarelli Hotel, just a km north of the new hospital at Tuasivi and about six km north of Lalomalava. Created by an Italian doctor and his Samoan family, the resort has a large green lawn that faces lovely Faga Beach with some of the nicest swimming in Samoa. It's in something of a rain shadow so it's drier than Salelologa.

The six fale with private bat, kitchenette, and fan should be compared with the much better "superior" unit. The newer bungalows are currently the highest quality accommodations on the island (although some are a little close to the road and the others are further from the beach).

There's a good grocery store opposite the post office, a 10-minute walk south of the resort. Excellent Italian/Samoan food is served on the upper balcony of Parenzo's Restaurant here. All-day mini-bus tours are offered. The Puapua bus will bring you here from Salelologa wharf.

Lauiula Beach Fales at Lano, 20 km north of Salelologa, has eight beach fale and seven garden fale, plus a large open restaurant right on the beach. Island tours are available (minimum of three persons). The beach here is good and this resort is popular among surfers.

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