Experience the uniqueness and authenticity of Samoa

Samoa Island Escape

Island paradise

With welcomes as warm as the island sun, Samoa is beautiful from the inside out.

It has finally arrived, and it's going to be a beauty alright!

Serene but spirited, wild yet well-manicured, hushed but birthed by volcanic explosions; stunning Samoa is a paradisiacal paradox. Despite its intense natural beauty – all iridescent seas, jade jungles and crystal waterfalls – this is a humble place with welcomes as warm as the island sun.

Geographically and culturally, this small nation is considered the heart of Polynesia. Though the missionaries of the 1800s were enormously influential, the country has nevertheless clung to Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan Way), making it one of the most authentic and traditional of all Pacific societies: in some parts of the islands you’re more likely to see someone juggling fire than a house with walls.

Despite its isolation, Samoa offers accessible adventures. From the relative ruckus of Apia to the soul-stirring silence of Savai’i, you’ll find a paradise that is safe, sweet and easy to get around

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8 nights
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Tour highlights


Day 1

Whanganui / Home – Auckland

 Whanganui / Home – Auckland (17th July)

If departing from Whanganui, meet at the Whanganui Racecourse for a 12.30pm departure and travel to Palmerston North Airport to catch our flight to Auckland at 3.10pm.

Departing from another destination

For those departing from another destination we will arrange for you to meet the group in Auckland depending on your location.


Once we arrive in Auckland we will be transferred to Auckland Heartland hotel for our first group dinner. We will rest up for the evening before our international flight in the morning.

Accommodation: The Heartland Hotel Auckland Airport

Day 2

Auckland – Samoa (Uplou)

Auckland – Samoa (18th July)

After breakfast we are collected and transferred to Auckland International airport to check in and board as a group for our 8.45am flight to Faleolo Airport Apia. The flight time is just under 4 hours and your ticket is ‘The Works’ which includes movies and meals. 


We are expected to land around 1.30pm local time where we will be greeted by our local driver and guides for our time on this island paradise. The transfer from the airport to our resort will take about 45 minutes then you will have the rest of the afternoon to settle into our superb resort and start to enjoy island life.

Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is the magnificent Taumeasina Island Resort, located 5 minutes from the capital city of Samoa, Apia. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the scenic mountains of Upolu from every vantage point on the island, truly a 360-degree tropical paradise island. 

The resort features an array of activities from the cascading swimming pool, tennis courts and so much more.  You will also have the chance to retreat to the famous Fofo Spa & Sauna and indulge yourself with a selection of treatments or simply sit back and soak up the Samoan sun on Taumeasina Island's private white sandy beaches. 

You will be given time to relax before meeting for our first excellent group dinner then the rest of the evening will be yours to enjoy.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Day 3

Samoa - Upolu

Samoa (19th July)

After a relaxing start to the day and after a lovely breakfast we are collected for our first real chance to explore of the main island of Upolu.

We start with visiting Apia township & surrounding areas before we are taken to the beautiful Mulinu’u peninsula where the high chiefs of Samoa are buried.  It is also the place where the Independence flag was raised when Samoa became independent from the New Zealand Administration.  It is a unique and special peninsula to Samoa as it is where the first parliament house was built during the German rule, and the location where the German flag was raised during the 1st World War.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Robert Louis Museum

We then head inland and on our way to the Robert Louis Museum, we will stop to view the newly built Cathedral. The master builder was a local priest and the rest of the labourers were locals, you also have the chance to marvel at the carvings and arts by the Samoan school of artists. When we arrive at the Robert Louis Museum, we will be officially welcomed with the traditional ava ceremony.  Lunch is served after the tour before departing for back to the resort.

This afternoon is free time for you to either relax at the resort or there is a shuttle that can run you back into town. Samoa also has a great range of activities and attractions so if there is something special you would like to see or do then your guide will be more than happy to help with the organising of that. You will be given a time to meet back for another group dinner.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Day 4


 Upolu (20th July)

After breakfast we are collected at 9am and head out for a real unique taste of Samoa. Our first stop is the fish market where you hand pick the fresh fish that you would like to be cooked up for your lunch (alternate lunch is available). We then head to Fugalei Market to buy fruits and vegetables to accompany the fish and there is the chance to purchase a souvenir from a variety of handicrafts stalls.

Piula Cave Pools

Back on board we enjoy a spectacular coastal drive to the famous Piula Cave Pools. This is where our personal Chef will prepare our fresh lunch. While we wait you can choose to relax in one of the beach fales, observe the chef at work or swim in the beautiful cave pool.

After this amazing lunch in the beautiful beach setting, we head to view Falefa Waterfalls. Here we take a short walk through a lovely garden to the rivers edge offering views of the cascading waterfall.


Heading back inland our next destination is the lovely Aggie Greys Homestead. Here we have a great afternoon tea and we are also lucky enough to meet and listen to Mrs Marina Grey, who is the daughter in law of Aggie Grey, who will talk about her grandmother’s life. Aggie was born in Western Samoa in 1897 and died in 1988 and was a well-known hotelier and founder of Grey Investment Group which has played a hugely important part in the history of Samoa’s tourism and hospitality industry.

After some more relaxing down time we will meet again for another sensational group meal and raise a glass to this special piece of paradise.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Day 5


Upolu (21st July)

A relaxed start to the day and for those who are keen you can go to a local church service which is just next to the resort. We are then collected from the resort mid-morning and head back out on the coastal road before taking the Le Mafa Pass which sits 1700 feet above sea level. We enjoy the breath-taking views of the east and south coastlines before the scenic drive takes us through lush green forests and the amazing reservoir, on to more post card coastal views of the Aleipata District. 

Once we arrive at the beautiful Lalomanu Beach you have the chance to have swim, catch a tan or simply relax in one of the fales taking in the exotic views.  After the Samoan style BBQ lunch, we begin our return trip along the South West coast and over the Cross-Island road.  As we descend you will be able to observe the magnificent view of Apia Town and you may be able to spot your home away from home.

There will be a couple of hours to yourself before meeting back for dinner and resting your head for the evening.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Day 6

Upolu - Savaii

Upolu - Savaii (23rd July)

After breakfast it’s time to pack our bags and leave our first resort as we head west over to Mulifanua Wharf Ferry Terminal, to catch the ferry to the beautiful island of Savaii. We will grab some lunch on the way before we catch the midday ferry sailing.


When we arrive in Savaii we drive to our accommodation, Stevensons at Manase Resort. Located on the white sandy beaches of Manase, the Villas, Suites and Euro Fales are just steps to the ocean’s edge and the restaurant, bar and function fale are situated within the tropical garden on the inland side of our property. Using bright colours fused with old-world Samoan carvings, tapa designs and exquisite lava rock. Stevensons is the ideal spot for us – swim or snorkel in the cool, clear blue water or simply relax on the beautiful white sandy beach and listen to the gently lapping waves. Simply paradise!

The afternoon is yours to settle into your home for the next three nights before meeting for another great dinner in paradise.

Accommodation: Stevensons at Manase Resort

Day 7


Savaii (24th July)

After a delicious tropical breakfast, we head out to explore the northern region of the island. The tour starts by visiting the Salelologa fresh fruit market to observe the variety of root crops, fresh fruits and vegetables. There is also plenty of fish and great handicrafts for the taking.  

The next stop is at Sapapali’i village, which is where the first missionaries landed in Samoa. We will be shown around, and our guides will inform us on this interesting history. 

Our next exciting stop is the lava field where you can wander here or do a short coastal walk and view the virgin’s grave.  The last stop of the day is the wetland at Satoalepai. Here we have a great lunch then it is time to learn all about the turtles that visit the warm waters around Samoa. You have the opportunity to get up close with the turtles by either swimming with them and/or feeding them - a great experience! 

We then make our way back to the resort for some R & R before meeting for dinner.

Accommodation: Stevensons at Manase Resort

Day 8


Savaii (24th July)

Another relaxed start to the day before we are collected for our tour of the southern end of the island.

The first part of our days see’s us travel through villages & lust rainforest to one of the most popular spots on the island, Alofaaga Blowholes. These impressive blowholes are wave power in its purest form, as they propel a roaring jet of water hundreds of feet up into the air. They are particularly worth watching when locals throw coconuts into the holes and these are blasted into the air.

We then head to Afu A’au Falls which is a spectacular waterfall in south-eastern Savaii, that plunges from the rainforest deep into a fresh-water swimming pool. This is also our lovely lunch spot for the day.

You then have the chance to show your skills with some traditional “art form” through the Siapo (Tapa) making. Experience firsthand this ancient practice of the Tapa Cloth making, hand painted with local designs/motif. Make your own tapa which is made from the bark of the Mulberry tree and natural tree dyes & river rocks.  

We then head back to the accommodation for our final special group dinner of tour. 

Accommodation: Stevensons at Manase Resort

Day 9

Savaii - Home

Savaii - Home (25th July)

The final breakfast before packing our bags and making our way back over to Upolu. When we arrive back at Mulifanua followed by a short drive to Faleolo Airport where we check in for our 2.50pm flight to Auckland.

Again, your ticket includes meal and movies and we are expected to land at 6pm local time where we collect our luggage and clear customs. If you are flying to another destination your guide will show you the way and for those who live in Auckland, your shuttle will be ready and waiting to take you back home.

Whanganui / Home

Those returning to Whanganui we make our way to the domestic terminal where you will have some time to grab yourself a bite to eat before we catch our 8.20pm flight back to Palmerston North.

Once we arrive our coach will be waiting to transfer us back home with so many happy memories stored away from a superb tour of Samoa!

*If you are travelling to another destination, your travel arrangements will be made for you in your customised itinerary.

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After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. With now over a decade behind the wheel Jason ensures every tour will leave you with a lifetime of memorable expereinces.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you collect me from my door?

Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.

How about travel insurance?

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.

How active are your tours?

We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.

I have some dietary requirements?

Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.

What types of transport do we use?

Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.

Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.

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