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.