Discovery Ride

Discovery Ride

Leisurely 15 day tour of Savai'i and Upolu

Combine a beach holiday with a leisurely two week cycle and cultural tour of Samoa.

Enjoy some of the best snorkelling from coral sand beaches with an introduction to the culture of Samoa while riding 250 kms around Savaii and parts of Upolu on sealed, quiet roads.

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

Highlights include:

  • Snorkelling in coral gardens
  • Stunning sunsets on coral sand beaches
  • Safe swimming every day on idyllic beaches
  • Peopeo caves
  • Alofaaga Blowholes
  • lava fields
  • Traditional Fiafia with fire dance and umu
  • Tapa cloth making

While the trip is designed as a cycle tour, it is also suitable for non-riders who can travel in the support van.  It works very well for family groups with kids as young as 8 having completed the trip.

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.

Cyclists should be comfortable cycling 40kms in a day with some hills.  Electric bikes are available for less confident riders.

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

Sample Itinerary

Note - this trip will almost always be customised a little: -to match flights, take in special interests like fishing or to include new beaches and attractions.

Day 1, Arrival

You will be met at the Airport and transferred the 5 kms to our base at Airport Lodge.  Those arriving from New Zealand may find Tuesday flights have the most social hours.  Check with Virgin Australia for best days from Australia.

Day 2,  To Savaii

After a leisurely breakfast and swim, get your bike fitted and ride the 3 kms to the ferry in time for the 12 noon sailing. The crossing takes a little over an hour and then it is only 1km more to lusia lagoon Chalets. Take the kayaks out and explore the lagoon or just sit in the bar or on the covered jetty and enjoy a drink.  Explore the markets of Salelolologa.

Day 3, Volcanos, pools, feasts and dances

Take an optional tour of the Tafua volcano with Warren and hopefully see the fruit bats. The real delight is Warrens talk on the geology – so much more of the island makes sense after this. After lunch it's a 19km ride to Lano. Along the way there are several good swimming spots on beaches and in fresh water pools. However Lano is a coral sands paradise beach with very good coral in shallow water. It is the perfect place to practice your snorkelling, or just laze in the warm water for an hour or two. Lano is home to one of the world's top fire dance team, so with luck, and for a small extra payment you may have the chance to experience a Fiafia night complete with umu feast and roast suckling pig.

Day 4,  Ride to Manase

Hopefully there are no hangovers as it is a 32km ride today on mostly flat roads.

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. Stay at Vacations in Manase where again the water laps within a few feet of the fale. Swim within a few feet of your fale or head along the road for some great snorkelling.  If the tides are right take the Dive Savaii snorkel tour amongst the stunning coral gardens.

Day 5, Exploring day

Take the Dive Savaii snorkel tour amongst the stunning coral gardens and over the wreck of the Juno.
Or ride up to Mt Matavanu on rough gravel roads to meet "Da Crater Man".  Some go for the views, most for the thrills on the way down.

Day 6,  Over the hill

The big ride day - It is only 40kms to Vaisala but the 400 metres of climb can get a bit warm. So start early, stop at the Peopeo caves to hear the swiftlets echo locate in the lava tubes. Rock on down to the classic old Vaisala hotel for lunch and swimming at one of the best snorkelling locations in the country. Enjoy the string band serenade over dinner of lobster (it is usually on the menu and included in the price).

Day 7, Rest, fish or snorkel

The beach and snorkelling here is so good there is really no need to do anything else.  However, nearby Vaimoana offers a great lunch and fishing trips.  Big game options are available but many prefer sport fishing for giant Trevali (GTs).

Day 8, To the western edge of the world

A gentle 20km ride to Falealupo.  Stop along the way and climb a giant banyan tree, comprehend the power of cyclones at the church ruined in 1990 and hear 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 9, South Coast Ride

A 40km ride around the coast to Satuiatua, a resort on the beach under giant banyans. More wonderful snorkelling amongst dense schools of fish. Or attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth.

Day 10, Blowholes and waterfalls

The last cycling day is longer at 55kms, but mostly flat and with a lot to see on the way. The blowholes seem to perform in almost any sea and tide but can be huge in a good southerly swell. The waterfalls at Mu Pagoa are very rare in that they fall directly into the sea. The waterfalls at Afu Aau are dependent on recent rain but the pool below is always refreshing. Finish at Lusia's Lagoon Chalets where you can enjoy a comfortable motel room and a la carte dining, as well as the usual swimming etc.

Day 11,  Remote Islands

Take the ferry back to Upolu and ride 10kms to the ferry to Manono.  A 5 km trip brings you to the remote and very traditional island where dogs and bikes are banned.  Enjoy the wonderful hospitality at the Sunset View Fales.

Day 12,Explore Manono

Walk the 4 kms around the island, climb to the top and visit the ancient star mound, snorkel the reef, fish, read a book and watch the sunset. A tough day in paradise.

Day 13, Waterfalls and giant clams

Return to the mainland and ride 25kms down the coast to Le Faga Bay.  Snorkelling amongst the giant clams is a special experience.  These fluorescent molluscs are over 70cm long and easily and safely accessed by novice snorkellers. There may also be time to go canyoning and explore a series of waterfalls, each offering bigger jumping opportunities.

Day 14, Apia 

Drive over the 800m high Cross Island Road to Apia and visit its many attractions.  The vegetable, fish and dry goods markets are all worth a look.  Robert Louis Stevens House/Museum (Vailima)  is memorable and Aggie Greys hotel worth a drink in.  And that's just for starters.  Or continue down the coast and visit To Sua Trench for a swim at the bottom of a 20m cave/crater that is actually a collapsed lava tube.   Swim in the fresh water below Togitogiga falls and maybe have lunch at Sea Breeze for an upmarket twist to the day.  There is more to see than time, so discuss with us and the driver what will appeal the most.
Stay at the new Amanaki Hotel.

Day 15  Tofa Samoa

Say goodbye and fly home.

Pricing

The trip is available with a variety of support levels:

Fully Guided

Includes all the features of the Bag Carry and Supported rides and includes an experienced guide who rides and snorkels with the group.  The guide helps  ensure a wider range of cultural activities are included, the best snorkel spots are found and provides commentary on the history, customs, culture, biology and economics of Samoa.

The Fully Guided option also includes all meals, customary and entrance fees.

We normally schedule at least one fully guided trip a year at about $2,600pp (exact itinerary is always changing).   Additional fully guided trips can be arranged for groups of 8 or more.

Supported bike ride.

Includes:

  • Support vehicle traveling at your pace
  • Services of driver as local guide on cycling legs
  • Participants can travel in van at any time for as much of the journey as they want
  • Includes bag carry service (e.g. accommodation, meals, bike hire etc)

Supported Bike rides can be organised for almost any start date.

Bag carry service:

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

Bag carry tours can start on almost any date.

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. The NZ$ price includes an extra night (first night) at Airport Lodge.

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

Price includes:

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • 8 or 9 breakfasts (all breakfasts except last morning if flying before 8am),
  • 6 Dinners
  • Bike hire
  • Savaii and Upolu transport while cycling (as per supported/bag carry only options)

Price excludes:

  • Ferry costs (22 tala pp inc bike)
  • Airfares
  • Additional recommended Tours (eg Dive Savaii 65 Tala)
  • Customary fees

Price Total

As this tour is always customised to meet flights and interests an exact price will be subject to quote and specific itinerary - but as a guide the per person prices are about:

   2 People 4 people 8 People
Guided See Wheel Savaii See Wheel Savaii Approx $2,600 NZD
Fully supported NZD 2,200 NZD 2,000 NZD 1,850
Gear Transport Only NZD 1,800 NZD 1,600 NZD 1,500

On a fully supported tour the support van travels with you with the driver providing support and local guiding (on cycle days only).

The Gear Transport option has your gear transported each riding day.

Like all our trips, this can be customised as much as you like: Stay extra days at any of the resorts, take accommodation upgrades (limited choice) or add on trips to the Upolu destinations including Manono Island, Apia, Kayaking, Giant Clams and luxury resorts.  See Add-on Rides for more ideas.

Fantastic way to see Samoa!!

We had the most awesome time cycling and kayaking in Samoa for 2 weeks! We would highly recommend this to anyone who would like a holiday with a bit of a difference. A fantastic balance between exercise and relaxation. Frances and Ross did an excellent job of creating a holiday tailored to our requirements. They know all the right places to stay and all the hints and recommendations in their guidebook were invaluable. The bikes were good quality and the cycling distances do-able (even for someone who rarely cycles). Cycling allowed us to get a really good feel for Samoa. The Samoan children always appeared thrilled to see us cycle through their villages and constantly put a smile on our face...we did get a little tired of waving to all of them though! The scenery was stunning and the snorkelling fantastic. 

We also managed to fit in a few days kayaking to the island of Manono to spend 2 nights at the wonderful Sunset View fales. This was lovely, very achieveable and fun both ways paddling for a couple of hours over the turquoise waters of the reef. A highlight to the holiday.

Everyone should do a cycle/kayak trip with Bike Samoa :)

Visited October 2013  (From Trip Advisor)

August 2012

Hi Ross

Thanks for the service your people gave us on our Samoa cycle trip.The bikes were especially well presented and the service A 1.

We had wonderfull adventure and this being my 3rd visit I don't tire of the beauty of the place and more especially the Samoans themselves.

Thanks again

Kevin Evans and family 

December/January 2012

 Cycling route. Awesome, and we see why you chose Savaii.

  • The bikes. Perfect for the job.
  • The gear transfer people. Grade A service, lovely people. 
  • Snorkelling of course.
  • Lano. Great atttitude and memorable show (rusty and out of time but that added to the charm). 
  • Your guide book. Better than Lonely Planet.
  • Satuiatua. Sia was lovely, great service.
  • Amanaki. The place to be, and be seen, in Apia right now. The bar/restaurant was packed out both nights. Good pool.
  • The pizzeria next to Cocktails on the Rocks in Apia. Surprisingly good food.
  • Weather. Rained 2 days non-stop at the start, then came right.

Sample Itinerary

Note - this trip will almost always be customised a little: -to match flights, take in special interests like fishing or to include new beaches and attractions.

Day 1, Arrival

You will be met at the Airport and transferred the 5 kms to our base at Airport Lodge.  Those arriving from New Zealand may find Tuesday flights have the most social hours.  Check with Virgin Australia for best days from Australia.

Day 2,  To Savaii

After a leisurely breakfast and swim, get your bike fitted and ride the 3 kms to the ferry in time for the 12 noon sailing. The crossing takes a little over an hour and then it is only 1km more to lusia lagoon Chalets. Take the kayaks out and explore the lagoon or just sit in the bar or on the covered jetty and enjoy a drink.  Explore the markets of Salelolologa.

Day 3, Volcanos, pools, feasts and dances

Take an optional tour of the Tafua volcano with Warren and hopefully see the fruit bats. The real delight is Warrens talk on the geology – so much more of the island makes sense after this. After lunch it's a 19km ride to Lano. Along the way there are several good swimming spots on beaches and in fresh water pools. However Lano is a coral sands paradise beach with very good coral in shallow water. It is the perfect place to practice your snorkelling, or just laze in the warm water for an hour or two. Lano is home to one of the world's top fire dance team, so with luck, and for a small extra payment you may have the chance to experience a Fiafia night complete with umu feast and roast suckling pig.

Day 4,  Ride to Manase

Hopefully there are no hangovers as it is a 32km ride today on mostly flat roads.

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. Stay at Vacations in Manase where again the water laps within a few feet of the fale. Swim within a few feet of your fale or head along the road for some great snorkelling.  If the tides are right take the Dive Savaii snorkel tour amongst the stunning coral gardens.

Day 5, Exploring day

Take the Dive Savaii snorkel tour amongst the stunning coral gardens and over the wreck of the Juno.
Or ride up to Mt Matavanu on rough gravel roads to meet "Da Crater Man".  Some go for the views, most for the thrills on the way down.

Day 6,  Over the hill

The big ride day - It is only 40kms to Vaisala but the 400 metres of climb can get a bit warm. So start early, stop at the Peopeo caves to hear the swiftlets echo locate in the lava tubes. Rock on down to the classic old Vaisala hotel for lunch and swimming at one of the best snorkelling locations in the country. Enjoy the string band serenade over dinner of lobster (it is usually on the menu and included in the price).

Day 7, Rest, fish or snorkel

The beach and snorkelling here is so good there is really no need to do anything else.  However, nearby Vaimoana offers a great lunch and fishing trips.  Big game options are available but many prefer sport fishing for giant Trevali (GTs).

Day 8, To the western edge of the world

A gentle 20km ride to Falealupo.  Stop along the way and climb a giant banyan tree, comprehend the power of cyclones at the church ruined in 1990 and hear 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 9, South Coast Ride

A 40km ride around the coast to Satuiatua, a resort on the beach under giant banyans. More wonderful snorkelling amongst dense schools of fish. Or attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth.

Day 10, Blowholes and waterfalls

The last cycling day is longer at 55kms, but mostly flat and with a lot to see on the way. The blowholes seem to perform in almost any sea and tide but can be huge in a good southerly swell. The waterfalls at Mu Pagoa are very rare in that they fall directly into the sea. The waterfalls at Afu Aau are dependent on recent rain but the pool below is always refreshing. Finish at Lusia's Lagoon Chalets where you can enjoy a comfortable motel room and a la carte dining, as well as the usual swimming etc.

Day 11,  Remote Islands

Take the ferry back to Upolu and ride 10kms to the ferry to Manono.  A 5 km trip brings you to the remote and very traditional island where dogs and bikes are banned.  Enjoy the wonderful hospitality at the Sunset View Fales.

Day 12,Explore Manono

Walk the 4 kms around the island, climb to the top and visit the ancient star mound, snorkel the reef, fish, read a book and watch the sunset. A tough day in paradise.

Day 13, Waterfalls and giant clams

Return to the mainland and ride 25kms down the coast to Le Faga Bay.  Snorkelling amongst the giant clams is a special experience.  These fluorescent molluscs are over 70cm long and easily and safely accessed by novice snorkellers. There may also be time to go canyoning and explore a series of waterfalls, each offering bigger jumping opportunities.

Day 14, Apia 

Drive over the 800m high Cross Island Road to Apia and visit its many attractions.  The vegetable, fish and dry goods markets are all worth a look.  Robert Louis Stevens House/Museum (Vailima)  is memorable and Aggie Greys hotel worth a drink in.  And that's just for starters.  Or continue down the coast and visit To Sua Trench for a swim at the bottom of a 20m cave/crater that is actually a collapsed lava tube.   Swim in the fresh water below Togitogiga falls and maybe have lunch at Sea Breeze for an upmarket twist to the day.  There is more to see than time, so discuss with us and the driver what will appeal the most.
Stay at the new Amanaki Hotel.

Day 15  Tofa Samoa

Say goodbye and fly home.

Pricing

The trip is available with a variety of support levels:

Fully Guided

Includes all the features of the Bag Carry and Supported rides and includes an experienced guide who rides and snorkels with the group.  The guide helps  ensure a wider range of cultural activities are included, the best snorkel spots are found and provides commentary on the history, customs, culture, biology and economics of Samoa.

The Fully Guided option also includes all meals, customary and entrance fees.

We normally schedule at least one fully guided trip a year at about $2,600pp (exact itinerary is always changing).   Additional fully guided trips can be arranged for groups of 8 or more.

Supported bike ride.

Includes:

  • Support vehicle traveling at your pace
  • Services of driver as local guide on cycling legs
  • Participants can travel in van at any time for as much of the journey as they want
  • Includes bag carry service (e.g. accommodation, meals, bike hire etc)

Supported Bike rides can be organised for almost any start date.

Bag carry service:

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

Bag carry tours can start on almost any date.

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. The NZ$ price includes an extra night (first night) at Airport Lodge.

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

Price includes:

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • 8 or 9 breakfasts (all breakfasts except last morning if flying before 8am),
  • 6 Dinners
  • Bike hire
  • Savaii and Upolu transport while cycling (as per supported/bag carry only options)

Price excludes:

  • Ferry costs (22 tala pp inc bike)
  • Airfares
  • Additional recommended Tours (eg Dive Savaii 65 Tala)
  • Customary fees

Price Total

As this tour is always customised to meet flights and interests an exact price will be subject to quote and specific itinerary - but as a guide the per person prices are about:

   2 People 4 people 8 People
Guided See Wheel Savaii See Wheel Savaii Approx $2,600 NZD
Fully supported NZD 2,200 NZD 2,000 NZD 1,850
Gear Transport Only NZD 1,800 NZD 1,600 NZD 1,500

On a fully supported tour the support van travels with you with the driver providing support and local guiding (on cycle days only).

The Gear Transport option has your gear transported each riding day.

Like all our trips, this can be customised as much as you like: Stay extra days at any of the resorts, take accommodation upgrades (limited choice) or add on trips to the Upolu destinations including Manono Island, Apia, Kayaking, Giant Clams and luxury resorts.  See Add-on Rides for more ideas.

Fantastic way to see Samoa!!

We had the most awesome time cycling and kayaking in Samoa for 2 weeks! We would highly recommend this to anyone who would like a holiday with a bit of a difference. A fantastic balance between exercise and relaxation. Frances and Ross did an excellent job of creating a holiday tailored to our requirements. They know all the right places to stay and all the hints and recommendations in their guidebook were invaluable. The bikes were good quality and the cycling distances do-able (even for someone who rarely cycles). Cycling allowed us to get a really good feel for Samoa. The Samoan children always appeared thrilled to see us cycle through their villages and constantly put a smile on our face...we did get a little tired of waving to all of them though! The scenery was stunning and the snorkelling fantastic. 

We also managed to fit in a few days kayaking to the island of Manono to spend 2 nights at the wonderful Sunset View fales. This was lovely, very achieveable and fun both ways paddling for a couple of hours over the turquoise waters of the reef. A highlight to the holiday.

Everyone should do a cycle/kayak trip with Bike Samoa :)

Visited October 2013  (From Trip Advisor)

August 2012

Hi Ross

Thanks for the service your people gave us on our Samoa cycle trip.The bikes were especially well presented and the service A 1.

We had wonderfull adventure and this being my 3rd visit I don't tire of the beauty of the place and more especially the Samoans themselves.

Thanks again

Kevin Evans and family 

December/January 2012

 Cycling route. Awesome, and we see why you chose Savaii.

  • The bikes. Perfect for the job.
  • The gear transfer people. Grade A service, lovely people. 
  • Snorkelling of course.
  • Lano. Great atttitude and memorable show (rusty and out of time but that added to the charm). 
  • Your guide book. Better than Lonely Planet.
  • Satuiatua. Sia was lovely, great service.
  • Amanaki. The place to be, and be seen, in Apia right now. The bar/restaurant was packed out both nights. Good pool.
  • The pizzeria next to Cocktails on the Rocks in Apia. Surprisingly good food.
  • Weather. Rained 2 days non-stop at the start, then came right.

Blow holes

Peopeo caves

Giant clam

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