(Western) Samoa and the main islands of Upolu and Savaii


Traditional canoeists at Apolima-utu, Upalu

Pack your swim suit, reef shoes, walking shoes, insect repellent, mosquito net and sunscreen for an idyllic holiday in the sun that's a little off the beaten track.

Located south of the equator in Polynesia, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, the independent nation of Samoa encompasses the western part of the Samoan Island chain in the South Pacific Ocean. Samoa has the two main islands of Upolu, Savai'i and eight smaller islands.  The capital city of Apia, and Faleolo International Airport are situated on the north coast of Upolu, the smaller and more densely populated of the two main islands.

Getting there
There are regular flights from Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles, Pago Pago, Nuku'alofa (Tonga) and Nadi (Fiji) with connecting flights available from other destinations.

From other places:

  • American Samoa
    There are aily direct flights between Pago Pago and Faleolo International take about an hour. Alternatively, a weekly ferry service operates between the two capitals, which takes around 8 hours.
  • Australia
    There is a 5-6 hour direct flight from Sydney or one can stop off in Auckland which takes about 4-5 hours.
  • New Zealand
    Daily flights operate from Auckland to Apia with a choice of carriers. Direct flights take approximately 4 - 5 hours. If you have a window seat, the flight often passes over Tonga.
  • USA / Europe / UK
    The quickest way to get to Apia from the USA, Europe and the UK is to travel through Los Angeles. From Los Angeles, you can either fly direct to Apia, or transit through Fiji. A direct flight from Los Angeles takes approximately 10 hours.
  • Japan
    Japanese travellers can choose to fly to Samoa through either Fiji (a total of around 10 - 11 hours in-flight) or through Auckland, New Zealand (15 hours flight time).
  • Fiji
    Direct flights out of Fiji with Air Pacific operate on Sunday and Tuesday.

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