Savaii Taster

Savaii Taster

Savaii Highlights in 3 days

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

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 days and 2 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 Tuesday (2 or more people) or on demand for 4 or more.

Price is $750 NZD pp on a "shared twin" basis - 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.  

Start Date

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

Daily Plan

Tuesday - 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.  After a 70 minute journey you will disembark the Lady Samoa III in Salelologa where you will be met by your driver/guide.  

Ride 20kms through villages and by the lagoon to Lano.  Along the way stop at the John Williams Memorial for a swim in the freshwater pool.  

Lauiula Beach Fales are located at the wat Lano the waters edge of the lagoon.   Swim, snorkel, relax at the bar or take in a cultural tour (minimum numbers may apply).

 

Wednesday - 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.  It’s a short detour to the Banyan tree and canopy walkway before visiting the remote beach and lagoon of Falealupo.  This spectacular white sand beach beside a clear lagoon with safe swimming and snorkling is one of the hidden gems of Savaii.  Finally drag yourself out of the water and 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 bejond the reef, but if the tde is right and you can drag yourself away from the bar, take a drift snorkel throgh the newly created marine reserve. There are large schools of fish amongst the coral gardens and sometimes turtles.

Thursday - 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.

Tuesday - Over the hill

This is the big ride day. Although it is only 40kms to Vaisala, the 400 metres of climb can get a bit warm, so start early.

The ride starts with a gentle meander through seaside villages before gradually heading inland and climbing through forest to avoid the lava cliffs. At the top of the climb, just past the village of Aopo there is a long lava tube cave to explore. The cave takes 3 hours to walk through, though most people spend only half an hour in the cave, time to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. Even if you don’t stop for lunch (pre-booking essential) freshen up with a nui (young coconut) before heading across the lava fields and down to Asau. Swim in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill before riding the last 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel which is located on another sandy beach with great swimming and snorkelling at all tides.

The Somerset Maugham atmosphere and great beach at Vaisala make this place a must. Enjoy a lobster dinner (it is usually on the menu and included in the price) on the balcony while being serenaded by the string band. 

Wednesday - South Coast Ride

There are numerous villages on the 40km undulating ride across the peninsula and around the coast to Satuiatua. The road winds along the cliff tops and beside beaches through many villages.  Village life is very social and you may get the opportunity to join a game of Samoan cricket or have Samoan cocoa with a women's weaving group.   

Satuiatua Resort is located right on the beach under giant banyan trees. When the tide is right (greater than half) there is wonderful snorkelling amongst dense schools of fish and we have often seen whales breaching while we were enjoying a beer on the restaurant balcony.  

Thursday - Rest or Culture Day

By now you will be more than ready for a day out of the saddle, but the challenge is deciding what to do.  The snorkelling is good (and night snorkelling can be arranged in the marine reserve beside the resort), surfing can sometimes be arranged and there are lava tube caves to explore. There is an opportunity to attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth and a good plantation tour is offered by the resort, but often just chilling on the beach and watching for whales from the bar wins out.

Friday - Scenic day

 This is the longest day's ride at 45-55kms but it's mostly flat and much easier than the previous two hilly days.  The blowholes seem to perform in almost any sea condition and tide but can be huge in a good southerly swell. The waterfalls at Afu Aau are probably the second most visited attraction on Savaii, and for good reason. Set in a shady, leafy valley the pool beneath the falls provides a very refreshing swim for all, with opportunities for the more confident to leap from the surrounding cliffs.  If you have opted for the homestay your day's ride ends at 45 kms - just past the Afu Aau falls.  Enjoy the company of Kelvin and Ruth who are rebuilding the family estate.  Otherwise ride on to Lusia's Lagoon Resort. Here you will enjoy a comfortable motel room, a la carte dining and swimming, or just chill on the pier with your favourite tipple and a great sense of satisfaction.

 

Pricing

The trip is a standard itinerary that starts every Tuesday.

Price includes:

  • Support van and driver-guide for 3 days
  • Ferry to Savaii
  • Beach Fale accommodation for 2 nights
  • 2 Breakfast
  • 2  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.

Price

$750 NZD or $720 AUD  pp shared 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 some nights are occasionally 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 

- 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%.

Start Date

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

Daily Plan

Tuesday - 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.  After a 70 minute journey you will disembark the Lady Samoa III in Salelologa where you will be met by your driver/guide.  

Ride 20kms through villages and by the lagoon to Lano.  Along the way stop at the John Williams Memorial for a swim in the freshwater pool.  

Lauiula Beach Fales are located at the wat Lano the waters edge of the lagoon.   Swim, snorkel, relax at the bar or take in a cultural tour (minimum numbers may apply).

 

Wednesday - 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.  It’s a short detour to the Banyan tree and canopy walkway before visiting the remote beach and lagoon of Falealupo.  This spectacular white sand beach beside a clear lagoon with safe swimming and snorkling is one of the hidden gems of Savaii.  Finally drag yourself out of the water and 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 bejond the reef, but if the tde is right and you can drag yourself away from the bar, take a drift snorkel throgh the newly created marine reserve. There are large schools of fish amongst the coral gardens and sometimes turtles.

Thursday - 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.

Tuesday - Over the hill

This is the big ride day. Although it is only 40kms to Vaisala, the 400 metres of climb can get a bit warm, so start early.

The ride starts with a gentle meander through seaside villages before gradually heading inland and climbing through forest to avoid the lava cliffs. At the top of the climb, just past the village of Aopo there is a long lava tube cave to explore. The cave takes 3 hours to walk through, though most people spend only half an hour in the cave, time to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. Even if you don’t stop for lunch (pre-booking essential) freshen up with a nui (young coconut) before heading across the lava fields and down to Asau. Swim in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill before riding the last 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel which is located on another sandy beach with great swimming and snorkelling at all tides.

The Somerset Maugham atmosphere and great beach at Vaisala make this place a must. Enjoy a lobster dinner (it is usually on the menu and included in the price) on the balcony while being serenaded by the string band. 

Wednesday - South Coast Ride

There are numerous villages on the 40km undulating ride across the peninsula and around the coast to Satuiatua. The road winds along the cliff tops and beside beaches through many villages.  Village life is very social and you may get the opportunity to join a game of Samoan cricket or have Samoan cocoa with a women's weaving group.   

Satuiatua Resort is located right on the beach under giant banyan trees. When the tide is right (greater than half) there is wonderful snorkelling amongst dense schools of fish and we have often seen whales breaching while we were enjoying a beer on the restaurant balcony.  

Thursday - Rest or Culture Day

By now you will be more than ready for a day out of the saddle, but the challenge is deciding what to do.  The snorkelling is good (and night snorkelling can be arranged in the marine reserve beside the resort), surfing can sometimes be arranged and there are lava tube caves to explore. There is an opportunity to attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth and a good plantation tour is offered by the resort, but often just chilling on the beach and watching for whales from the bar wins out.

Friday - Scenic day

 This is the longest day's ride at 45-55kms but it's mostly flat and much easier than the previous two hilly days.  The blowholes seem to perform in almost any sea condition and tide but can be huge in a good southerly swell. The waterfalls at Afu Aau are probably the second most visited attraction on Savaii, and for good reason. Set in a shady, leafy valley the pool beneath the falls provides a very refreshing swim for all, with opportunities for the more confident to leap from the surrounding cliffs.  If you have opted for the homestay your day's ride ends at 45 kms - just past the Afu Aau falls.  Enjoy the company of Kelvin and Ruth who are rebuilding the family estate.  Otherwise ride on to Lusia's Lagoon Resort. Here you will enjoy a comfortable motel room, a la carte dining and swimming, or just chill on the pier with your favourite tipple and a great sense of satisfaction.

 

Pricing

The trip is a standard itinerary that starts every Tuesday.

Price includes:

  • Support van and driver-guide for 3 days
  • Ferry to Savaii
  • Beach Fale accommodation for 2 nights
  • 2 Breakfast
  • 2  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.

Price

$750 NZD or $720 AUD  pp shared 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 some nights are occasionally 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 

- 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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