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Beach Fale in Southcentral Upolu

The Salani Surf Resort, at the end of the paved road in Salani village, is right beside the Mulivaifagatoloa River and near the beach. The eight fan-cooled bungalows have electric lighting with the toilets and showers in a separate building. The rather steep price is inclusive of room and board, surf guiding, kayaking, local tours, hammocks, and evening entertainment. No surfing is allowed on Sunday, so they usually take guests to the beach for a picnic. It's used almost exclusively by surfers who book through Waterways Travel in California or Atoll Travel in Australia, although non-surfers are always welcome.

There's a great barreling right-hander as well as a hollow left-hander, both with plenty of power, out in the channel cut by the river. They receive surf year-round, though the best conditions here are from February to April and October to November. When the surf is down on this side of the island they'll drive you up to the north.

Other activities include outrigger paddling or kayaking in the crystal clear lagoon or up the jade-green river to a waterfall, fishing, using the nearby village bathing pool, and exploring the south coast.

Parataiso Beach Fales, in Utulaelae village on the opposite (east) side of the river from the Salani Surf Resort, is much less expensive with six open fale. Saturday is fia fia night, while on Sunday there's a traditional feast.

The upscale Iliili Resort, opposite uninhabited Nu'usafe'e Island on the east side of O Le Pupu-Pu'e National Park, has several thatched bungalows with private bath (but no cooking facilities). The rustic restaurant serves Italian dishes.

The Maninoa Surf Camp (Posala and Falanika Laumanuvae), also known as the Line Up Surf Resort, between the upscale Sinalei and Coconut Beach resorts at Siumu, has six beach fale. Meals and shuttles to seven different surfing waves are included. It's a good inexpensive alternative to the Salani Surf and Sa'Moana Surf resorts.

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