Savaii Taster

Savaii Taster

Savaii Highlights in 3 - 4 days of riding and van touring

Explore the beaches and lagoons of Savaii and visit Afu Aau falls and the blowholes. Travel is by bike and van or just by van.

Description Cycling Beaches Comfort Adventure Culture
A 3 day tour with 0-80 kms of cycling. Fales
Description
A 3 day tour with 0-80 kms of cycling.
Cycling
Beaches
Comfort
Fales
Adventure
Culture

Savaii is the big island of Samoa.  Bigger than Upolu, but lacking the international gateways of Apia port and airport it is a place where life continues at a slower, more traditional and more relaxed pace.  It also has the best beaches in Samoa and in the blowholes and Afu Aau falls some of the best natural attractions of Samoa.

Over the 3-4 days and 2-3 nights you will circumnavigate Savaii (200kms) stopping regularly at villages, freshwater pools and beaches to swim. There are opportunities each day to snorkel in safe lagoons where we often encounter turtles.  

The tour can be undertaken as a van tour only, but we encourage everyone to ride some bits as it is the best opportunity to experience Samoa and meet the locals. 

Fitness Required

The support van is always nearby and ebikes are available, so not much fitness is required.  However you may enjoy the trip more if you are a bit fitter.  There is also an option to not ride at all.

The beaches, lagoons and pools provide safe, easy bathing and opportunities to learn to snorkel, while there are opportunities for confident swimmers and snorkels to extend out further.

 

Pricing and dates

This trip departs every Wednesday (2 or more people) or on demand for 4 or more.

Price from $600ppp on a "shared twin" basis - dependent on numbers and length. - see the Pricing tab below for more details.

 

Additions and ebikes

Add on kayaking days, a van tour of Upolu or upgrade accommodation.  Just ask for ideas and a quote.

We have a limited number of ebikes available for an additional $120 NZD. 

If you want to have a larger group or want to add extra days within the itinerary we will happily do a custom tour quote.  

3 Day Itinerary

Start Date

The regular scheduled start is every Wednesday (minimum 2 people), but custom starts and tours can be arranged.  

Wednesday - Introduction to Savaii

Arrive at our base in Mulifanua by 9:30am.  We can arrange pickups from most hotels, beach fales and resorts on Upolu (additional costs may apply).

After a briefing and fitting your bikes it is a 3km ride to the ferry.  The crossing to Salelologa takes 70 minutes on the Lady Samoa III. Once there you will be met by your driver/guide.  

Ride 20kms through villages and by the lagoon to Lano on a quiet, sealed road.  The biggest challenge is often a sore arm from waving at the kids, or possibly it is frequent stops to chat or buy fruit at the roadside stalls. Along the way stop at the John Williams Memorial for a swim in the freshwater pool.  

Lauiula Beach Fales are located at Lano by the waters edge on the lagoon.   Swim, snorkel, relax at the bar or take in a cultural tour (minimum numbers may apply).  If you still have energy, ride another 700m to Asaga to canoe and walk through the mangroves. It's a great place to learn to balance in a traditional paopao or outrigger canoe.

 

Thursday - Western Savaii

Ride  to  Manase – It’s a 33km ride with a gentle ascent and lots of stops for lava fields and interesting villages. The route initially winds along beside the lagoon before heading inland through regenerating forest. Check out the village of Mauga which is built around a crater and the LMS church with a metre of lava across the floor at Saleaula.  There is a support van all the way so you can ride less if you want.
There are many choices for lunch at Manase (not included) and time for a swim.
From Manase hop in the van and take a scenic tour over the undulating terrain to Asau. En-route check out the Peapea cave where the swiftlets echo locate like bats. Swim at the pools at Asau before finally drag yourself out of the water for the drive down the coast to Satuiatua, stopping to see the sea arches on the way.

Satuiatua Beach fales are located on the beach, under the giant banyan trees beside another coral filled lagoon.  In September and October whales can often be seen breaching just beyond the reef, but if the tide is right and you can drag yourself away from the bar, take a drift snorkel through the newly created marine reserve. There are large schools of fish amongst the coral gardens and sometimes turtles.

Friday - blowholes and waterfalls

The best know attractions of Savaii are the blowholes at Taga (pronounced Tunga) and the waterfalls and swimming hole at Afu Aau.  The blowholes seem to blow in all weather and tide conditions and are absolutely worth seeing.  Afu Aau falls are a great place for a swim in the pool beneath the falls.  But the real challenge is there is again too much to do.  The drift snorkel at Satuiatua, Tapa cloth making demo at Salailua, markets at Salelologa, the forest and flying foxes at Tafua crater, and the old plantation at Lata.  Most will have to wait for your next visit.

Finally catch the ferry at the end of the day back to Upolu.  Note the last sailing of the comfortable ferry is at 2pm, while the trip will normally plan to see you catch the 4pm sailing on the smaller ferry.

 

4 Day Itinerary

Start Date

The regular scheduled start is every Wed (minimum 2 people), but custom starts and tours can be arranged.  

Wednesday - Introduction to Savaii

This first day is the same as the 3-day Itinerary

Arrive at our base in Mulifanua by 9:30am.  We can arrange pickups from most hotels, beach fales and resorts on Upolu (additional costs may apply).

After a briefing and fitting your bikes it is a 3km ride to the ferry.  The crossing to Salelologa takes 70 minutes on the Lady Samoa III. Once there you will be met by your driver/guide.  

Ride 20kms through villages and by the lagoon to Lano on a quiet, sealed road.  The biggest challenge is often a sore arm from waving at the kids, or possibly it is frequent stops to chat or buy fruit at the roadside stalls. Along the way stop at the John Williams Memorial for a swim in the freshwater pool.  

Lauiula Beach Fales are located at Lano by the waters edge on the lagoon.   Swim, snorkel, relax at the bar or take in a cultural tour (minimum numbers may apply).  If you still have energy, ride another 700m to Asaga to canoe and walk through the mangroves. It's a great place to learn to balance in a traditional paopao or outrigger canoe.

Thursday - Northern Savaii

Ride  to  Manase – It’s a 33km ride with a gentle ascent and lots of stops for lava fields and interesting villages. The route initially winds along beside the lagoon before heading inland through regenerating forest. Check out the village of Mauga which is built around a crater and the LMS church with a metre of lava across the floor at Saleaula.  There is a support van all the way so you can ride less if you want.
There are many choices for lunch at Manase (not included) and time for a swim.
From Manase hop in the van and take a scenic tour over the undulating terrain to Asau. En-route check out the Peapea cave where the swiftlets echo locate like bats.  Alternatively explore the 3kms of lava tube caves and plantation at Aopo. Supposedly the caves are still not fully explored.

There are two accommodation choices for tonight.  Falealupo is basic beach fales on a white sand beach beside a pristine lagoon. Basic but sunning and at the western tip of Samoa.  Vaisala is a Somerset Maughan like classic old hotel that can be a bit like faulty towers.  Rustic with good food and a good beach.

Friday - South Coast

Depending on where you spent the night you will have stopped at the Canopy Walkway the night before or see it first thing this morning. Climb 30m up an old Banyan tree and cross the canopy walkway. Have a swim at Falealupo in the lagoon before riding several flat/downhill sections around the coast. Cape Mulinuu on the very western tip is a sacred spot where the spirits of the dead depart in the deep channels. It's an eerie but fascinating place.  

Explore the hidden sea arches, spot turtles at lovers leap, climb down to Faiaai Beach for a swim in the surf and generally explore the coast.

Satuiatua Beach fales are located on the beach, under the giant banyan trees beside another coral filled lagoon.  In September and October whales can often be seen breaching just beyond the reef, but if the tide is right and you can drag yourself away from the bar, take a drift snorkel through the newly created marine reserve. There are large schools of fish amongst the coral gardens and sometimes turtles.

Saturday - blowholes and waterfalls

The best know attractions of Savaii are the blowholes at Taga (pronounced Tunga) and the waterfalls and swimming hole at Afu Aau.  The blowholes seem to blow in all weather and tide conditions and are absolutely worth seeing.  Afu Aau falls are a great place for a swim in the pool beneath the falls.  But the real challenge is there is again too much to do.  The drift snorkel at Satuiatua, Tapa cloth making demo at Salailua, markets at Salelologa, the forest and flying foxes at Tafua crater, and the old plantation at Lata.  Most will have to wait for your next visit.

Finally catch the ferry at the end of the day back to Upolu.  Note the last sailing on Saturday is at 2pm.

Pricing

The trip is available as either a 3 or 4 day tour.

Regular tours depart every Wednesday.  Custom tours can start on any day.

Standard tours are for max 4 people.

Custom tours can be for 2-8 people - but are exclusive to group booked

Price includes:

  • Support van and driver-guide for 3/4 days
  • Ferry to Savaii
  • Beach Fale accommodation for 2/3 nights
  • 2/3 Breakfast
  • 2/3  Dinners
  • Bike hire
  • drinking water throughout trip

Price excludes:

  • Ferry costs on return (22 Tala)
  • Airfares
  • Additional recommended Tours
  • Customary/entrance  fees (normally less than 50 Tala)
  • Drinks (apart from water)
  • lunches and snacks.

Prices

3 Day/2 Night  $750 NZD or $720 AUD  pp shared twin* 

4 day/3 night $890 NZD or $850 AUD  pp share twin* 

Solo travellers – A single supplement* of $40 NZ applies. So long as we have at least 2 people departing that day you can join the tour.

In fales, while we attempt to get single/twin/double as requested, in reality the fale booking systems are not that strong and very occasionally a night end up more marae style with several people per fale.

 ebike - upgrade to an electric bike for an extra $120NZD.

Accommodation Upgrades may be available

- to ensuite at Satuiatua +$20

- to Vaisala instead of Falealupo +$20

- to Amoa Hotel for first night

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

Visa and Mastercard are accepted but subject to a merchant cost surcharge of 4%.

3 Day Itinerary

Start Date

The regular scheduled start is every Wednesday (minimum 2 people), but custom starts and tours can be arranged.  

Wednesday - Introduction to Savaii

Arrive at our base in Mulifanua by 9:30am.  We can arrange pickups from most hotels, beach fales and resorts on Upolu (additional costs may apply).

After a briefing and fitting your bikes it is a 3km ride to the ferry.  The crossing to Salelologa takes 70 minutes on the Lady Samoa III. Once there you will be met by your driver/guide.  

Ride 20kms through villages and by the lagoon to Lano on a quiet, sealed road.  The biggest challenge is often a sore arm from waving at the kids, or possibly it is frequent stops to chat or buy fruit at the roadside stalls. Along the way stop at the John Williams Memorial for a swim in the freshwater pool.  

Lauiula Beach Fales are located at Lano by the waters edge on the lagoon.   Swim, snorkel, relax at the bar or take in a cultural tour (minimum numbers may apply).  If you still have energy, ride another 700m to Asaga to canoe and walk through the mangroves. It's a great place to learn to balance in a traditional paopao or outrigger canoe.

 

Thursday - Western Savaii

Ride  to  Manase – It’s a 33km ride with a gentle ascent and lots of stops for lava fields and interesting villages. The route initially winds along beside the lagoon before heading inland through regenerating forest. Check out the village of Mauga which is built around a crater and the LMS church with a metre of lava across the floor at Saleaula.  There is a support van all the way so you can ride less if you want.
There are many choices for lunch at Manase (not included) and time for a swim.
From Manase hop in the van and take a scenic tour over the undulating terrain to Asau. En-route check out the Peapea cave where the swiftlets echo locate like bats. Swim at the pools at Asau before finally drag yourself out of the water for the drive down the coast to Satuiatua, stopping to see the sea arches on the way.

Satuiatua Beach fales are located on the beach, under the giant banyan trees beside another coral filled lagoon.  In September and October whales can often be seen breaching just beyond the reef, but if the tide is right and you can drag yourself away from the bar, take a drift snorkel through the newly created marine reserve. There are large schools of fish amongst the coral gardens and sometimes turtles.

Friday - blowholes and waterfalls

The best know attractions of Savaii are the blowholes at Taga (pronounced Tunga) and the waterfalls and swimming hole at Afu Aau.  The blowholes seem to blow in all weather and tide conditions and are absolutely worth seeing.  Afu Aau falls are a great place for a swim in the pool beneath the falls.  But the real challenge is there is again too much to do.  The drift snorkel at Satuiatua, Tapa cloth making demo at Salailua, markets at Salelologa, the forest and flying foxes at Tafua crater, and the old plantation at Lata.  Most will have to wait for your next visit.

Finally catch the ferry at the end of the day back to Upolu.  Note the last sailing of the comfortable ferry is at 2pm, while the trip will normally plan to see you catch the 4pm sailing on the smaller ferry.

 

4 Day Itinerary

Start Date

The regular scheduled start is every Wed (minimum 2 people), but custom starts and tours can be arranged.  

Wednesday - Introduction to Savaii

This first day is the same as the 3-day Itinerary

Arrive at our base in Mulifanua by 9:30am.  We can arrange pickups from most hotels, beach fales and resorts on Upolu (additional costs may apply).

After a briefing and fitting your bikes it is a 3km ride to the ferry.  The crossing to Salelologa takes 70 minutes on the Lady Samoa III. Once there you will be met by your driver/guide.  

Ride 20kms through villages and by the lagoon to Lano on a quiet, sealed road.  The biggest challenge is often a sore arm from waving at the kids, or possibly it is frequent stops to chat or buy fruit at the roadside stalls. Along the way stop at the John Williams Memorial for a swim in the freshwater pool.  

Lauiula Beach Fales are located at Lano by the waters edge on the lagoon.   Swim, snorkel, relax at the bar or take in a cultural tour (minimum numbers may apply).  If you still have energy, ride another 700m to Asaga to canoe and walk through the mangroves. It's a great place to learn to balance in a traditional paopao or outrigger canoe.

Thursday - Northern Savaii

Ride  to  Manase – It’s a 33km ride with a gentle ascent and lots of stops for lava fields and interesting villages. The route initially winds along beside the lagoon before heading inland through regenerating forest. Check out the village of Mauga which is built around a crater and the LMS church with a metre of lava across the floor at Saleaula.  There is a support van all the way so you can ride less if you want.
There are many choices for lunch at Manase (not included) and time for a swim.
From Manase hop in the van and take a scenic tour over the undulating terrain to Asau. En-route check out the Peapea cave where the swiftlets echo locate like bats.  Alternatively explore the 3kms of lava tube caves and plantation at Aopo. Supposedly the caves are still not fully explored.

There are two accommodation choices for tonight.  Falealupo is basic beach fales on a white sand beach beside a pristine lagoon. Basic but sunning and at the western tip of Samoa.  Vaisala is a Somerset Maughan like classic old hotel that can be a bit like faulty towers.  Rustic with good food and a good beach.

Friday - South Coast

Depending on where you spent the night you will have stopped at the Canopy Walkway the night before or see it first thing this morning. Climb 30m up an old Banyan tree and cross the canopy walkway. Have a swim at Falealupo in the lagoon before riding several flat/downhill sections around the coast. Cape Mulinuu on the very western tip is a sacred spot where the spirits of the dead depart in the deep channels. It's an eerie but fascinating place.  

Explore the hidden sea arches, spot turtles at lovers leap, climb down to Faiaai Beach for a swim in the surf and generally explore the coast.

Satuiatua Beach fales are located on the beach, under the giant banyan trees beside another coral filled lagoon.  In September and October whales can often be seen breaching just beyond the reef, but if the tide is right and you can drag yourself away from the bar, take a drift snorkel through the newly created marine reserve. There are large schools of fish amongst the coral gardens and sometimes turtles.

Saturday - blowholes and waterfalls

The best know attractions of Savaii are the blowholes at Taga (pronounced Tunga) and the waterfalls and swimming hole at Afu Aau.  The blowholes seem to blow in all weather and tide conditions and are absolutely worth seeing.  Afu Aau falls are a great place for a swim in the pool beneath the falls.  But the real challenge is there is again too much to do.  The drift snorkel at Satuiatua, Tapa cloth making demo at Salailua, markets at Salelologa, the forest and flying foxes at Tafua crater, and the old plantation at Lata.  Most will have to wait for your next visit.

Finally catch the ferry at the end of the day back to Upolu.  Note the last sailing on Saturday is at 2pm.

Pricing

The trip is available as either a 3 or 4 day tour.

Regular tours depart every Wednesday.  Custom tours can start on any day.

Standard tours are for max 4 people.

Custom tours can be for 2-8 people - but are exclusive to group booked

Price includes:

  • Support van and driver-guide for 3/4 days
  • Ferry to Savaii
  • Beach Fale accommodation for 2/3 nights
  • 2/3 Breakfast
  • 2/3  Dinners
  • Bike hire
  • drinking water throughout trip

Price excludes:

  • Ferry costs on return (22 Tala)
  • Airfares
  • Additional recommended Tours
  • Customary/entrance  fees (normally less than 50 Tala)
  • Drinks (apart from water)
  • lunches and snacks.

Prices

3 Day/2 Night  $750 NZD or $720 AUD  pp shared twin* 

4 day/3 night $890 NZD or $850 AUD  pp share twin* 

Solo travellers – A single supplement* of $40 NZ applies. So long as we have at least 2 people departing that day you can join the tour.

In fales, while we attempt to get single/twin/double as requested, in reality the fale booking systems are not that strong and very occasionally a night end up more marae style with several people per fale.

 ebike - upgrade to an electric bike for an extra $120NZD.

Accommodation Upgrades may be available

- to ensuite at Satuiatua +$20

- to Vaisala instead of Falealupo +$20

- to Amoa Hotel for first night

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

Visa and Mastercard are accepted but subject to a merchant cost surcharge of 4%.

Starting from our base at Mulifanua

Relaxing in freshwater pools in Asau

Outriggers (pao pao) are used every day for fishing

Village rugby and volleyball

Eating fresh Cocoa

Don't miss the blowholes at Taga

Exploring the peopeo caves

Need a coconut (Nui) to drink - just ask

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