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Beach Fale in Southwestern Upolu

The Sa'Moana Surf Resort is on Salamumu Beach, five km off the main road via an unpaved track. One double, one quad, and two six-bed fale with private bathroom stand along a lovely white beach flanked by black lava rock. At the waters edge, an intriguing saltwater swimming pool has been sculpted from the rock. Top Australian guides take guests surfing and game fishing, and activities such as scuba diving, golf, and ocean kayaking can be arranged at additional cost.

A fia fia with traditional dancing is organized weekly, and there's a barbecue on Sunday nights. In general, the food is excellent. Most guests arrive on all-inclusive package deals booked through Wave Hunters in the United States or World Surfaris in Australia. Local bookings are only accepted on a space available basis.

Matareva Beach Fales at Lefaga allows you to stay overnight in one of their beach fale. Day use of the beach is possible for a small fee. The money is collected up at main road, then it's a three km hike down to the beach. Although good meals are served and there's a small store it's wise to bring some of your own food from Apia.

The swimming here is safer than at Paradise Beach, as there are no rocks and the location is nicely secluded with wonderful sunset views. Matareva Beach Fales gets crowded with locals on weekends so it's best to come during the week if you want peace and quiet. It's possible to hike along the beach from Matareva to Salamumu (30 minutes).

Another assortment of beach fale is found in Lefaga district, but these are quite a hike down from the main highway if you arrive on the Lefaga or Safata buses. It's possible to camp or sleep in a fale at famous Return to Paradise Beach, two km off the main road, but obtaining drinking water is sometimes a problem. More fale are at nearby Matautu.

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