Freedom hires

Freedom hires

Hire what you need and do your own thing!

For experienced riders, with a flexible itinerary and confidence in finding their own accommodation - this can be a great choice.

Description Cycling Beaches Comfort Adventure Culture
Hire and go As you find it
Description
Hire and go
Cycling
Beaches
Comfort
As you find it
Adventure
Culture

A great way to see Samoa is to just grab one of our bikes, throw a small amount of gear on the back and tour the great beaches at your own pace.  Stay as long as you want at each place and enjoy the extra freedom.

We have published a booklet on what to take, where to stay and how to prepare - see the BikeBook page to order it.

Outside of school holidays there is no need to book accommodation as the village will always find somewhere for you to sleep.  However, during school holidays, finding a booking in many places can be a challenge.  

Attempting to book fale type accommodation from outside Samoa is often a challenging exercise - so if want the certainty of a booked bed, consider our tours as we specialise in customising them to suit.

 

Fales

Many villages offer fales (pronounced far-lays) as tourist accommodation. These are thatched roofed, matting sided, wooden floored beach huts. They are often in the most stunning settings and allow you to sit or lie on your bed and look out across the beach to the most amazing sunsets. Breakfast and dinner are usually included and served in a common dining room and the bathrooms are shared facilities. Mattresses, mosquito nets and bed sheets are included. I regard them as analagous to a permanent campsite and the more traditional ones like Falealupo are a highlight for me and almost everyone on our trips. Fale resorts are changing with the times and some offer lockable rooms, corrugated iron roofs, hot showers and ensuites. However the traditional units are often cooler and much more pleasant.  Note that while some fale resorts are well organised, several of those in the best locations are very hard to book remotely.  If you want a fully booked holiday - consider our tours.

Hotels and upmarket resorts

These come in all shapes and sizes with all manner of reputations. Unfortunately they are not distributed to fit with a cycling tour and the very good ones are usually too full to want cyclists for 1 day visits while the poor ones are less enjoyable than the fales. We use several (see the itineraries) because they are conveniently located and usually offer something quite unique.

Camping

There are no camp grounds and generally camping is not worth while. There are no public beaches, as all beaches are communally owned by the local village. So if you are not staying in a resort or village fale you will be asked to pay for your camping spot. Tents tend to be too hot and not nearly as pleasant as a fale. So it just becomes easier, lighter riding and not much more expensive to stay in a fale and use the experience to interact with the locals.

Casual Home stays

Samoa has a tremendous culture of extending hospitality and turning up in a village with no accommodation won't mean sleeping on the beach.  However you need to be comfortable sleeping on a mat, possibly without a mosquito net and keen to eat the local food (lots of Taro and high in fat).  For some the highlight of their freedom trip was an unexpected night in a remote village.  

Fales

Many villages offer fales (pronounced far-lays) as tourist accommodation. These are thatched roofed, matting sided, wooden floored beach huts. They are often in the most stunning settings and allow you to sit or lie on your bed and look out across the beach to the most amazing sunsets. Breakfast and dinner are usually included and served in a common dining room and the bathrooms are shared facilities. Mattresses, mosquito nets and bed sheets are included. I regard them as analagous to a permanent campsite and the more traditional ones like Falealupo are a highlight for me and almost everyone on our trips. Fale resorts are changing with the times and some offer lockable rooms, corrugated iron roofs, hot showers and ensuites. However the traditional units are often cooler and much more pleasant.  Note that while some fale resorts are well organised, several of those in the best locations are very hard to book remotely.  If you want a fully booked holiday - consider our tours.

Hotels and upmarket resorts

These come in all shapes and sizes with all manner of reputations. Unfortunately they are not distributed to fit with a cycling tour and the very good ones are usually too full to want cyclists for 1 day visits while the poor ones are less enjoyable than the fales. We use several (see the itineraries) because they are conveniently located and usually offer something quite unique.

Camping

There are no camp grounds and generally camping is not worth while. There are no public beaches, as all beaches are communally owned by the local village. So if you are not staying in a resort or village fale you will be asked to pay for your camping spot. Tents tend to be too hot and not nearly as pleasant as a fale. So it just becomes easier, lighter riding and not much more expensive to stay in a fale and use the experience to interact with the locals.

Casual Home stays

Samoa has a tremendous culture of extending hospitality and turning up in a village with no accommodation won't mean sleeping on the beach.  However you need to be comfortable sleeping on a mat, possibly without a mosquito net and keen to eat the local food (lots of Taro and high in fat).  For some the highlight of their freedom trip was an unexpected night in a remote village.  

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