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Find Samoa Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Samoa.

About Samoa

Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) consists of two large islands, Savai'i and Upolu, and seven smaller islands.

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Most Samoans live in small coastal villages and rely heavily on fishing.

About Western Samoa

Before World War I, Western Samoa was held by the Germans, and Eastern Samoa by the Americans.

At the start of the First World War, New Zealand forces entered Western Samoa and continued to administer the islands until Western Samoa achieved independence on January 1st, 1962.

If you speak English then you'll have no worries in Western Samoa, as it's the official language; along with Samoan.

The Samoans

The Samoans are the second largest group of the Polynesian people, after the Maori of New Zealand.

Upolu Island

Upolu is the main island in Samoa, although Savai'i is the largest.

Of the seven smaller islands that make up Samoa, only Apolima and Manono, are inhabited.

Exploring Upolu is easy, with a good coastal road and several roads crossing the middle of Upolu connecting Apia with the south coast.


Apia, the capital of Samoa, is on Upolu.

Apia has a large selection of hotels, inns and motels. Quite a few are pretty ordinary hotels in out of the way locations and aimed more at visiting Samoans and businessmen than tourists.

Samoa Airways, formerly Polynesian Airlines, is the state-owned flag carrier airline of Samoa with flights between New Zealand, Australia and Samoa.

Visit Samoa

Less than four hours from Auckland and about five hours from Sydney and Brisbane, Samoa is renowned for its natural beauty, genuine hospitality and stunning adventures.

Samoa's natural wonders of waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, volcanoes and miles of white sand beaches beckon the adventurer seeking peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of modern society.

Plan your trip to Samoa and create special memories to last a lifetime.

Where to Stay in Samoa

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's

Aggie Grey's Hotel: Main Beach Road, Apia, Samoa.

Overlooking Apia Harbor, this colonial-style hotel with an elegant marble lobby is a fifteen-minute walk from the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve.

Gary Cooper stayed at Aggie Grey's. So did William Holden, Raymond Burr, Cheryl Ladd, Robert Morley, Marlon Brando, Denholm Elliot, Ian Richardson and Royal Families.

Many a Joe Citizen has stayed at the Sheraton Samoa as well; felt like a star and been treated like royalty.

Hotels on Samoa's Upolu Island.

Samoa Travel Tips

Staying at one of the locally run beach fales around Samoa is a great way to see the natural beauty of the country and to immerse yourself in the local culture.

There are few beach resorts outside of Apia Town, but at least twenty beach fales, so this is the way to go for backpackers and discerning travellers.

The Samoa Hotel Association, on Beach Road, represents all accommodation and hotels in Samoa from luxury resorts to backpacker lodgings.


Savai'i is the third the largest Polynesian island, after Hawaii and New Zealand.

All visitors arrive at Salelologa, on the south-eastern point of Savai'i.

Five daily flights from Apia to Moata Airport take just 20 minutes. There are also ferries from Mulifanua Wharf, on the western side of Upolu.

American Samoa

American Samoa Travel Notes:
Six Polynesian islands, below the Equator, comprise the southern-most territory of the United States.

Islands of Samoa

Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa & Tonga (Travel Guide) Islands of Samoa: Reference Map of Tutuila, Manu'A, 'Upolu, and Savai'I

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