Frequently Asked Questions
What time of the year is the best time to visit Samoa?
The temperature in Samoa ranges from between 26 to 32 degrees Celsius year round. Samoa does not have a summer and winter as such but rather a wet and dry season. The dry season is from April to October/November.
What airlines fly to Samoa ?
Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand have regular flights to Apia , Samoa .
What currency is used in Samoa ?
The Samoa decimal currency is based on the Tala (dollar) and Sene (cent): 100 Sene = SAT$1 (Tala).
What is the main religion in Samoa ?
The main religious denominations in Samoa are Congregational, Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Seven Day Adventist, Bahai, Latter Day Saints and Jehovah's Witness. Sundays in Samoa are dedicated to God, with families usually attending church in the mornings followed by a family to'onai (lunch) and resting for the remainder of the day. You are welcome to attend the services. Please ask at the Savaii Lagoon Resort reception for service times.
If I wish to drive in Samoa, am I required to have a Samoan drivers licence?
Yes and this can be obtained by presenting your current valid licence to the Police Department in Apia and paying the fee of SAT $10. Driving licences can be obtained also fromAggie Grey's resort and Spa on Upolu or the Ministry of Transport on Savaii near the ferry terminal.
What is the time difference between New Zealand and Samoa ?
Samoa is now on the same datelione as New Zealand. The time difference is one hour.
What is recommended dress in Samoa ?
Light summer clothing is appropriate all year round, with perhaps a light sweater for the cooler evenings. Smart casual evening wear is appropriate for hotels and restaurants. Visitors are requested not to wear bathing suits in Apia or in the villages. No nude or topless (for women) swimming or sunbathing. Women are recommended to wear a lava-lava (sarong) or dress, rather than shorts or trousers, if they attend church.
What do I need to bring to Samoa ?
It is important to bring a sunhat, sunscreen and any of your favourite snacks.
Are there any activities provided by Savaii Lagoon ?
Yes, there are complimentary dinghies, a pentanque set and small library available for guests to use. Bicycles are also available for hire.
Are there internet facilities available?
We have internet facilities at the resort using Lavaspot which requires you to have your laptop.
Where can I change my currency?
It is best to change at the airport in Samoa or the banks in the townships. This will give you the most competitive rates. Make sure that you have enough cash as eftpos facilities in Samoa are not readily available.
Can I take meat into Samoa?
Ask us for details on how to obtain a permit. It is very simple - an email to the Ministry of Agriculture in Samoa with details of the type of meat and country of origin. You will receive a return fax which is your permit. Vacuum packed meat with a letter from your butcher completes the regulations