The Samoa Shipping Corporation operates the 480-passenger car ferry MV Lady Samoa II between the wharfs at Mulifanua (Upolu) and Salelologa (Savai'i), departing each wharf every two hours. On Tuesdays and Sundays the schedule is reduced to every four hours.
Reservations are recommended for vehicles (and sometimes even foot passengers have to fight to obtain a ticket). To ensure that you'll get on the boat, buy a ticket as soon as your bus arrives at the dock and queue up when you see the others doing so—this may be the only time you'll ever see Samoans in a hurry. Sometimes a smaller ferry is used and you'll have to be fast to get a seat.
The 24-km trip takes about one hour. On the way across, you get a good view of Apolima Island's single village cradled in the island's classic volcanic crater, and flying fish and dolphins are often spotted.
For information on buses, rental vehicles, and organized tours on Upolu and Savai'i, turn to the respective sections of this site.
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