Savaii Beach Ride

Savaii Beach Ride

A relaxed beach and Cultural Tour of Savaii

Explore Savaii by bike at a leisurely pace, taking time to enjoy the beaches and meet the villagers.

Circumnavigate Savaii on a 200km ride on good quality sealed roads with little traffic. Most nights are spent on classic coral sand beaches with safe swimming and snorkelling over the nearby coral.

Description Cycling Beaches Comfort Adventure Culture
Leisurely bike tour of Savaii Fales and Motels
Description
Leisurely bike tour of Savaii
Cycling
Beaches
Comfort
Fales and Motels
Adventure
Culture

This gentler paced trip provides a chance to experience more of traditional Samoa, unwind on the pristine beaches and explore the coral reefs, lava tube caves and other natural attractions over 11 days..  

With 3 "rest" days and 2 days with only 20 km rides the riding days can be spent exploring with time to stop and chat to villagers, maybe join in a game of kilikiti (Samoa Cricket) or meet up with a women's weaving group.  Take the time to swim in Afu Aau waterfalls, throw coconuts in the blowholes, swim in the freshwater pols on riding days.  The non riding days can be used for relaxing on the beach, swimming and snorkelling, or for those that need more action book a snorkel or  fishing trips,  swim and climb through the Dwarfs Cave, observe tapa cloth being made, take a village plantation tour or mountain bike Mt Matavanu.

Highlights include:

  • Snorkelling in coral gardens
  • Stunning sunsets on coral sand beaches
  • Safe swimming every day on idyllic beaches
  • Lava Tube caves
  • Alofaaga Blowholes
  • lava fields
  • Afu Aau falls

The best beaches in Samoa are often serviced by beach fale style accommodation.  The basic beach huts are located right on the beach and provide a stunning setting in which to appreciate these classic surroundings.  Other nights are in motels which are also on great beaches.

The toughest day is a  40km ride with a total of 400m of climb spread over numerous undulations.  Electric bikes are available for less confident riders.  

Accommodation is a mix of fales and motels.  See Faqs for cyclists for more information.

Note:  This 11 day trip works well around Air New Zealand's Wednesday Flight to Samoa and Saturday return. These flights allow travel to and from almost anywhere in NZ without an overnight in Auckland.  There are also good connections to most cities in Australia. If you are limited to a regular week for your holiday consider the Savaii Escape or Savaii Quick Break.

Set Date Options:

While you can book this as a custom tour for any departure date, We have three tours on set dates with all the benefits of a custom tour, but with the upgrade to a full support van included.

July Beach Ride 12-22 July 2017  (School Holidays)

August Beach Ride 9-19 August 2017 

September Beach Ride 6-16 September 2017

 See the Pricing tab for more details

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Step out of the plane onto the Treasured Isles and enjoy the airport welcome. You will be met by our representative and transferred to a nearby resort.

Day 2. Introduction to Savaii

After getting your bike fitted it’s a 3km ride to the ferry terminal. The crossing takes a little over an hour and then it is a 19km ride to Lano. The road winds along beside the lagoon and is a delightful introduction to village life. Your arms will get tired from waving to the kids and calling out “bye-bye” as you pass. Along the way there are several good swimming spots on beaches and in fresh water pools.

Lano is a coral sands paradise beach with very good coral in shallow water. It is the perfect place to practise your snorkelling, or just laze in the warm water for an hour or two.

Day 3. Ride to Manase

It is a 32km ride today on mostly flat roads. The middle sections of the ride are sparsely populated and the ride is through a corridor in the jungle.
The route winds over the lava fields and there is time to inspect the LMS church with a metre of lava on the floor from the 1905 eruption. There was also a sign inviting inspection of the virgins, but the foliage has been cleared and it’s apparent that they mean the Virgins Grave. It’s still an interesting tale.

Day 4. Beach Day

Manase offers sandy beaches beside a calm lagoon and many activities for those wanting more activities.  Choose between mountain biking, challenging caving, boat based snorkelling, a school visit and just chilling on the beach comparing cocktails.

Day 5 Over the hill

The ride starts with a gentle meander through seaside villages before gradually heading inland and climbing through forest to avoid the lava cliffs.

At the top of the climb, just past the village of Aopo there is a long lava tube to inspect. The cave takes 3 hours to walk through, so but walking only part of way leaves plenty of, time to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. The route to the cave is through an interesting forest and pineapple plantation. Swim at Asau in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill. Then it’s just 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel with its own private lagoon beach.

The hotel is showing its age, but the Somerset Maugham atmosphere and great beach make this place a must. Enjoy a lobster dinner (it is usually on the menu and included in the price) on the balcony while being serenaded by the string band. Dance as much as you like to the band - its a rest day tomorrow.

Day 6 - Rest Day

Ride back to Vaimoana for lunch, or just chill on the beach and snorkel in the lagoon.  The lagoon coral was damaged by crown of thorns and warmer seas  in 2014 but the coral is steadily recovering.

Day 7 - To the western edge of the world

Today is a gentle 20km ride to Falealupo with a number of attractions along the way: For me the most moving is comprehending the power of cyclones at the church ruined in 1990 and hearing the stories about surviving cyclones at the House of Rock.

Falealupo is a beautiful isolated beach at the western edge of the world. At Falealupo Fales the sunsets across the coral sands are memorable and the swimming in the small lagoon refreshing.  

Day 8- Remote South West

Climb back up to the main road and then it is a series of moderate undulations during the day. The rugged south coast is very picturesque with much of the road winding through villages set atop the lava cliffs. Stop at Lovers Leap and look for turtles and sharks in the bay below.

The ride finishes at Satuiatua, a fale resort built right on the beach under the banyan trees. It’s another of my favourite places with a good menu, spectacular sunsets and a balcony which looks out over the sea (several times we have seen whales spouting from here). 

Day 9- Satuiatua

Another day with too many choices. There is a wonderful drift snorkel through the new marine reserve amongst dense schools of fish and recovering coral. Or attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth, take the plantation tour to see how taro is grown and coconut palms climbed as well as taste cocoa fruit and other local delicacies.

Day 10 - Blowholes and waterfalls

The last cycling day on Savaii and it's a longer one at 55kms, but mostly flat and with a lot to see on the way. The blowholes seem to perform in almost any sea condition and tide but can be huge in a good southerly swell. The waterfalls at Afu Aau are probably the second most visited attraction on Savaii, and for good reason. Set in a shady, leafy valley the pool beneath the falls provides a very refreshing swim for all with opportunities for the more confident to leap from the surrounding cliffs. Salelologa markets provide an opportunity to buy souvenirs and local fruit.

Lusia's is set on the lagoon. Enjoy a pleasant snorkel in the lagoon where the cold freshwater sits on top of the warm sea water. The water becomes opaque when you mix the warm & cold waters. The freshwater pool is refreshing and breakfast on the jetty is always a pleasant way to start the day. 

Day 11 - Say Tofa Soifua to the Treasured Islands

Catch a morning ferry back to the main Island, hand back the bikes and board your plane back home.

Pricing

The trip is a standard itinerary that starts every Wednesday.  It is designed to fit in with a Wednesday afternoon flight from NZ and the Saturday afternoon Air NZ flight back to NZ.  These flights are mostly in B787 aircraft and are some of the best priced and best time to fly tickets.

Price includes:

  • Bag carry service
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • 10 breakfasts (all breakfasts),
  • 8 Dinners (all except one)
  • Bike hire

Price excludes:

  • Ferry costs (22 tala pp inc bike each way)
  • Airfares
  • Additional recommended Tours (eg Dive Savaii 65 Tala)
  • Customary fees
  • Drinks
  • lunches and snacks
  • Dinner on Friday night

Feedback from guests indicates the tend to spend a total of $150 - $300 over the week.

Bag carry service:

Your bags are collected each morning and dropped at your scheduled destination.

Price

$1,390NZD or $1,300 AUD  pp shared twin*.  Trip can be customised to start any day.

4 or more people - free upgrade to a full support Van.

Solo travellers – A single supplement* of $200 NZ applies. So long as we have at least 2 people departing that day you can join the tour.

*  Accommodation in motels is on a twin/double room or single basis as booked.  In fales, while we attempt to get single/twin/double as requested, in reality the fale booking systems are not that strong and some nights are occasionally end up more marae style with several people per fale.

 ebike - upgrade to an electric bike for an extra $80nz.

Set date Options:

These have all the benefits of a custom tour, but with the upgrade to a full support van included.

July Beach Ride 12-22 July 2017 - $$1,390 pp  (School Holidays)

August Beach Ride 9-19 August 2017 - $1,390 pp

September Beach Ride 6-16 September 2017 - $1,390 pp

 

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

Visa and Mastercard are accepted but subject to a merchant cost surcharge of 4%.

To Book

Email us at office@outdoor.co.nz with your prefered dates.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Step out of the plane onto the Treasured Isles and enjoy the airport welcome. You will be met by our representative and transferred to a nearby resort.

Day 2. Introduction to Savaii

After getting your bike fitted it’s a 3km ride to the ferry terminal. The crossing takes a little over an hour and then it is a 19km ride to Lano. The road winds along beside the lagoon and is a delightful introduction to village life. Your arms will get tired from waving to the kids and calling out “bye-bye” as you pass. Along the way there are several good swimming spots on beaches and in fresh water pools.

Lano is a coral sands paradise beach with very good coral in shallow water. It is the perfect place to practise your snorkelling, or just laze in the warm water for an hour or two.

Day 3. Ride to Manase

It is a 32km ride today on mostly flat roads. The middle sections of the ride are sparsely populated and the ride is through a corridor in the jungle.
The route winds over the lava fields and there is time to inspect the LMS church with a metre of lava on the floor from the 1905 eruption. There was also a sign inviting inspection of the virgins, but the foliage has been cleared and it’s apparent that they mean the Virgins Grave. It’s still an interesting tale.

Day 4. Beach Day

Manase offers sandy beaches beside a calm lagoon and many activities for those wanting more activities.  Choose between mountain biking, challenging caving, boat based snorkelling, a school visit and just chilling on the beach comparing cocktails.

Day 5 Over the hill

The ride starts with a gentle meander through seaside villages before gradually heading inland and climbing through forest to avoid the lava cliffs.

At the top of the climb, just past the village of Aopo there is a long lava tube to inspect. The cave takes 3 hours to walk through, so but walking only part of way leaves plenty of, time to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. The route to the cave is through an interesting forest and pineapple plantation. Swim at Asau in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill. Then it’s just 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel with its own private lagoon beach.

The hotel is showing its age, but the Somerset Maugham atmosphere and great beach make this place a must. Enjoy a lobster dinner (it is usually on the menu and included in the price) on the balcony while being serenaded by the string band. Dance as much as you like to the band - its a rest day tomorrow.

Day 6 - Rest Day

Ride back to Vaimoana for lunch, or just chill on the beach and snorkel in the lagoon.  The lagoon coral was damaged by crown of thorns and warmer seas  in 2014 but the coral is steadily recovering.

Day 7 - To the western edge of the world

Today is a gentle 20km ride to Falealupo with a number of attractions along the way: For me the most moving is comprehending the power of cyclones at the church ruined in 1990 and hearing the stories about surviving cyclones at the House of Rock.

Falealupo is a beautiful isolated beach at the western edge of the world. At Falealupo Fales the sunsets across the coral sands are memorable and the swimming in the small lagoon refreshing.  

Day 8- Remote South West

Climb back up to the main road and then it is a series of moderate undulations during the day. The rugged south coast is very picturesque with much of the road winding through villages set atop the lava cliffs. Stop at Lovers Leap and look for turtles and sharks in the bay below.

The ride finishes at Satuiatua, a fale resort built right on the beach under the banyan trees. It’s another of my favourite places with a good menu, spectacular sunsets and a balcony which looks out over the sea (several times we have seen whales spouting from here). 

Day 9- Satuiatua

Another day with too many choices. There is a wonderful drift snorkel through the new marine reserve amongst dense schools of fish and recovering coral. Or attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth, take the plantation tour to see how taro is grown and coconut palms climbed as well as taste cocoa fruit and other local delicacies.

Day 10 - Blowholes and waterfalls

The last cycling day on Savaii and it's a longer one at 55kms, but mostly flat and with a lot to see on the way. The blowholes seem to perform in almost any sea condition and tide but can be huge in a good southerly swell. The waterfalls at Afu Aau are probably the second most visited attraction on Savaii, and for good reason. Set in a shady, leafy valley the pool beneath the falls provides a very refreshing swim for all with opportunities for the more confident to leap from the surrounding cliffs. Salelologa markets provide an opportunity to buy souvenirs and local fruit.

Lusia's is set on the lagoon. Enjoy a pleasant snorkel in the lagoon where the cold freshwater sits on top of the warm sea water. The water becomes opaque when you mix the warm & cold waters. The freshwater pool is refreshing and breakfast on the jetty is always a pleasant way to start the day. 

Day 11 - Say Tofa Soifua to the Treasured Islands

Catch a morning ferry back to the main Island, hand back the bikes and board your plane back home.

Pricing

The trip is a standard itinerary that starts every Wednesday.  It is designed to fit in with a Wednesday afternoon flight from NZ and the Saturday afternoon Air NZ flight back to NZ.  These flights are mostly in B787 aircraft and are some of the best priced and best time to fly tickets.

Price includes:

  • Bag carry service
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • 10 breakfasts (all breakfasts),
  • 8 Dinners (all except one)
  • Bike hire

Price excludes:

  • Ferry costs (22 tala pp inc bike each way)
  • Airfares
  • Additional recommended Tours (eg Dive Savaii 65 Tala)
  • Customary fees
  • Drinks
  • lunches and snacks
  • Dinner on Friday night

Feedback from guests indicates the tend to spend a total of $150 - $300 over the week.

Bag carry service:

Your bags are collected each morning and dropped at your scheduled destination.

Price

$1,390NZD or $1,300 AUD  pp shared twin*.  Trip can be customised to start any day.

4 or more people - free upgrade to a full support Van.

Solo travellers – A single supplement* of $200 NZ applies. So long as we have at least 2 people departing that day you can join the tour.

*  Accommodation in motels is on a twin/double room or single basis as booked.  In fales, while we attempt to get single/twin/double as requested, in reality the fale booking systems are not that strong and some nights are occasionally end up more marae style with several people per fale.

 ebike - upgrade to an electric bike for an extra $80nz.

Set date Options:

These have all the benefits of a custom tour, but with the upgrade to a full support van included.

July Beach Ride 12-22 July 2017 - $$1,390 pp  (School Holidays)

August Beach Ride 9-19 August 2017 - $1,390 pp

September Beach Ride 6-16 September 2017 - $1,390 pp

 

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

Visa and Mastercard are accepted but subject to a merchant cost surcharge of 4%.

To Book

Email us at office@outdoor.co.nz with your prefered dates.

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