Our first six groups of riders have returned from tours of Savaii and Upolu with very positive reports. In many places the resorts are still getting back up to speed with only partly stocked bars and obvious signs of delayed maintenance – but everyone commented that this was more than made up for by the warm welcomes received. hospitality everywhere. After two and a half years with no income during the “Covid Emergency”, the Beach Fale and Resort owners were delighted to be back in business.
All our usual places on Savaii are operating. On Upolu there has been some coastal erosion with Tafatafa, Lalomanu and Namua Island particularly effected. Tafatafa and Lalomanu are both open and we hope Namua Island will be back in business next year as it is one of our favourite get-away places.
Matareva has closed due to a land dispute. We hope it reopens as it was one of the best run Beach Fale operations in Samoa, but in the interim we are using Faiamafili – which is receiving great reports.
Vai Villas is being rebuilt by new owners. There is a large team of builders on-site and we look forward to using their facilities again.
The Giant Clams continue to inspire and the turtles are prolific on the Turtle Kayak. On two of the trips in August we saw more than 40 turtles and trainee guide Jesse impressed with his coconut palm climbing skills.
We have unpacked the first of our new bikes including the two weehoos below. Our grandsons loved these and we look forward to seeing them enjoyed here.T
Jesse, our new guide – demonstrating how to husk a coconut in under a minute.