Samoa is a delightful Pacific nation just a little further past Fiji, directly east of the northern tip of Queensland. Life here is relaxed and laid back, and the people are very friendly in the typical Polynesian way. Ten islands make up the country, and all have different environments such as volcanic peaks, rainforest valleys, rivers, lagoons, beaches and coral reefs. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing family beach holiday. Diving is relaxed reef diving, with lots of fish.
Aggie Grey’s Beach Resort and Spa
A full scale resort, Aggie Greys is world famous for its Polynesian hospitality and excellent family facilities. All rooms are deluxe with air conditioning and ensuite, and gorgeous ocean views. A full watersports centre offers waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, catamarans and snorkelling. Relax in the enormous lagoon pool, or take advantage of the full day spa facility. Foodies will be delighted with the five onsite restaurants and evening entertainment. Aqua Samoa is the onsite dive centre and can show you the lovely reefs around Samoa.
Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows
Centrally located in Apia overlooking the harbour, Aggie Greys Hotel & Bungalows has been the most popular accommodation choice in Samoa since it was established in 1930. Rooms are available in suites or bungalows, each air conditioned with ensuite bathrooms. The hotel is a great base for exploring the sights of Apia including the markets, hiking, and even a game of lawn bowls at the local club! You can relax by the pool in the afternoons and visit Le Tamarina restaurant, Poolside Fale restaurant or the coffee lounge.
Coconuts Beach Club
Coconuts Beach Club is about half an hour drive from Apia and offers several accommodation options from overwater fales to garden studios. All rooms are air conditioned and have ensuite bathrooms. The onsite restaurant serves a wide range of cuisine, with a focus on serving local food – don’t miss the fia fia cultural night on Saturdays! Activities include snorkelling, kayaking, surfing and of course scuba diving. Tours can be arranged, or just enjoy the beach or the large gecko-shaped pool, complete with swim-up bar. Surf and Dive Samoa is the onsite dive centre.
Entry Requirements: Australian passport holders require six months validity beyond your departure from Samoa, and an onward or return air ticket. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
Money: The Samoan Tala (WST) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar is worth approximately 2 Tala.
Language: The national languages are Samoan and English.
Electricity: 220-240V and uses the Australian plug type.
Time Zone: GMT+13 (3 hours ahead of Sydney)
Clothing: It can be very warm and humid in Samoa so it is recommended that you take cool, lightweight and crease-resistant clothing. Tourists are asked not to wear bathing suits in Apia or local villages.
Climate: Samoa’s climate is warm and tropical. From November to April it is the hot, rainy season, with temperatures ranging up to 30°C and around 3cms of rain falling on a typical day. The afternoon rains and winds have a welcome cooling effect. This season is also the time each year when cyclones may occur. From May to November it is the cool, dry season – less humidity, and slightly lower temperatures.
Water Temperature: Average 24°C
Departure Tax: WST $65 per adult and $15 per child as at 1 July 2012
Tipping: Tipping is not practiced or expected in Samoa. However, if a guest wishes to leave a gift for good service then you are welcome to do so directly with the employee or the hotel reception.
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