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Samoa Island Escape

Island paradise

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

Samoa is renowned for its natural beauty, genuine hospitality and exciting adventures.

A Samoa holiday is not just a tropical island experience. Here, you can immerse yourself in the rich, colourful culture, meet the warm locals, explore magical waterfalls and lush tropical forests, experience exciting adventure tours, or simply fill your holiday relaxing on pristine beaches and swimming in crystal clear water.

This is a tour that will capture your heart and your imagination forever.

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What’s included?
8 nights
All activities stated in itinerary
All transport stated in itinerary
Expert local guide
All meals (exclusions apply)
Moderate fitness level

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Whanganui / Home – Auckland

 Whanganui / Home – Auckland (Date TBC)

Depart Whanganui Racecourse and travel to Palmerston North Airport to catch our flight to Auckland.

*If you are flying into Auckland from another destination, you will meet the tour leader and group at the airport and shuttle with them to the accommodation. If you live in Auckland and are travelling with us, we will shuttle you directly to the accommodation to join our group.

Auckland

Once we have landed in Auckland and collected our luggage, we are shuttled to our nearby accommodation. We enjoy a lovely group dinner and get to know our travel companions before resting our heads for the night.

Accommodation: The Heartland Hotel Auckland Airport

Day 2

Auckland – Upolu Samoa

Auckland – Upolu Samoa (Date TBC)

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

Samoa

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 forty five 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 four nights is the magnificent Taumeasina Island Resort, located five 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 three hundred and sixty degree tropical paradise island. 

The resort features an array of activities from the cascading swimming pool, tennis courts, and water-sports pavilion to cooking classes, and weekly cultural shows.  You will also have the chance to retreat to the famous Fofo Spa and Sauna and indulge yourself with a selection of treatments, or simply sit back, take it easy, and soak up the Samoan sun on Taumeasina Island's private white sandy beaches. 

You will be given a time and location to meet for our first delicious group dinner on Samoa, then the rest of the evening will be yours to enjoy.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Day 3

Upolu

Upolu (Date TBC)

After a relaxing start to the day and a lovely breakfast, we are collected for our first day of exploring of the main island of Upolu.

We start with visiting Apia township and 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 WWI.

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, supported by a team of local tradesmen. 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 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 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 organizing of that. You will be given a time to meet back for another group dinner.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Day 4

Upolu

 Upolu (Date TBC)

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.

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 river's edge offering views of the cascading waterfall.

Heading back inland, our next destination is the lovely Aggie Grey's 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 Aggie'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.

It is then back to the resort for some rest and relaxation, before meeting for the amazing Fiafia evening show. The evening is filled with food, dancing, song and the famous knife-fire dance, where the men perform using a large knife with burning flames at either end that is twirled around their necks, through their legs, under their arms and over their bodies to the rhythmic beat of the music. Topped with an amazing buffet meal, this will be a great night for all.

Accommodation: Taumeasina Island Resort

Day 5

Upolu

Upolu (Date TBC)

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 seventeen hundred 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 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 the 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 (Date TBC)

After breakfast, it is 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.

Savaii

When we arrive on Savaii, it is about a twenty minute drive to our accommodation, Amoa Resort. The resort stands across from one of the most exquisite turquoise lagoons in all of Samoa. We stay in uniquely designed bungalows and villas, all overlooking a gorgeous swimming pool with a swim up bar. We dine in an open air restaurant featuring the best in Samoan nouveau cuisine with a menu co-designed by award winning chef Joe Lam (Scalinis, Apia) which features delicious local Samoan flavors in a contemporary setting.

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

Accommodation: Amoa Resort

Day 7

Savaii

Savaii (Date TBC)

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 and personal 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 rest and relaxation before meeting for dinner.

Accommodation: Amoa Resort

Day 8

Savaii

Savaii (Date TBC)

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 day sees us travel through villages and lush 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 and river rocks.  

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

Accommodation: Amoa Resort

Day 9

Savaii - Whanganui / Home

Savaii - Whanganui / Home (Date TBC)

The final breakfast before packing our bags and making our way back over to Upolu. When we arrive back at Mulifanua Wharf, it is just a short drive to our great lunch spot, The Sheraton Beach Resort. After lunch, it is a short drive to Faleolo International Airport where we check in for our flight to Auckland.

Whanganui / Home

Again, your ticket includes meals and movies. 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.

For 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 flight back to Palmerston North, and then on to Whanganui.

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Meet your tour guides

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.

Jimmy Elliott

Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.

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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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