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Samoa Travel Guide

Fautasi Long Boat
a fautasi (long boat) at Apia

Watersports

Scuba Diving

The main scuba diving companies are based at the resorts of Upolu and at Manase on Savai'i.

Snorkeling

A reasonable snorkeling locale, the Palolo Deep, is right in Apia, but Savai'i's Faga Beach is better. Other good snorkeling areas are Aleipata in eastern Upolu and around Manono Island. There are fewer options elsewhere, due in part to narrow fringing reefs, deadly currents, hurricane-impacted corals, and fishing with dynamite.

Surfing

Samoa is a surfing paradise and the top waves are off the north-facing coasts in summer, off the south-facing coasts in winter. Thus optimum conditions are encountered at Lauli'i, Faleapuna, and Lano from December to March, and at Aufaga, Salani, Tafatafa, and Salailua from May to August. These powerful reef-break waves are mostly for experienced surfers only, and novices should learn to surf elsewhere. Most villages on Savai'i collect a S$10 pp per day surfing fee from surfers.

Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking is becoming increasingly popular with several outfitters now operating in Samoa. The tours often go to Aleipata and Manono, and many resorts rent kayaks.

Deep-sea Fishing

Companies in Apia and the Sa'Moana Resort in southern Upolu offer deep-sea fishing. The Samoa International Game Fishing Association organizes an annual fishing tournament in May.