Fully Guided Savaii

Fully Guided Savaii

See Savaii with Ross and Frances

8-17 September 2017

Let Ross and Frances guide you around Savaii on this 9 day cycle tour of Savaii. This year we are personally guiding two trips (the first is full). We have been running tours in Samoa for 8 years and still enjoy sharing the riding, snorkelling and history of the country.

Description Cycling Beaches Comfort Adventure Culture
A 9 day tour with 200 kms of cycling Fales
Motels
Description
A 9 day tour with 200 kms of cycling
Cycling
Beaches
Comfort
Fales
Motels
Adventure
Culture

Highlights include:

  • Stunning sunsets on coral sand beaches
  • Safe swimming every day on idyllic beaches
  • Snorkelling in coral gardens
  • Traditional Fiafia and umu
  • Lava caves
  • Blowholes
  • Lava fields

While the trip is designed as a cycle tour, it is also suitable for non-riders who can travel in the support van. This works very well for family groups with children; the youngest rider to complete this trip, to date, was 8 years old.

Cyclists should be comfortable cycling 40kms in a day with some hills. This trip can be coordinated with Friday evening flights from Auckland or Sydney and return flights the following Sunday to fit into five or six days leave.

Accommodation is a mix of fales and motels.  See FAQs for Cyclists for more details.

Note that this is a Fully Guided trip (as opposed to a supported trip) Ross or Frances will be with you throughout the trip to explain the history and culture and to guide on the snorkelling opportunities.  

The trip is inclusive of all meals (except dinners on arrival and departure days which will be on the plane for most) and all customary fees as well as the usual bikes, transport, transfers and accommodation etc.

This is a one-off trip from Friday 8 to Sunday 17 September 2017.

Click the Itinerary tag below for more details including price.

 

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Fri 8 September 2017 - Arrival Day

The majority of flights arrive early evening between 8 and 9 pm.  This is a good flight for those living outside Auckland as there are same day connecting flights from throughout NZ.  If you catch one of these flights with Virgin or Air New Zealand make sure you get a meal on the flight as the resort restaurant will be closed.  

We will transfer you to St Terese Resort (or similar) for the evening. 

Day 2 - Introduction to Savaii

After breakfast we will transfer you to our base, gett your bike fitted and ride the 3kms to the ferry terminal. The crossing takes a little over an hour and then it is a 19km ride to Lano. The road meanders 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.

Our afternoon will get busy as soon after arrival at Lano we will get involved with preparing an umu feast. 

Then there will be time for a swim. Lano is a coral sands paradise beach with very good coral in shallow water. It's the perfect place to practise your snorkelling, or just laze in the warm water for a while.

After we have enjoyed the umu feast - sit back and watch a night of traditional siva.

Day 3 - Ride to Manase

Enjoy a 32km ride on mostly flat roads to Manase. The middle section of the ride is through a jungle corridor before winding over the lava fields. There is time to inspect the LMS church with a metre of lava on the floor from the 1905 eruption. Relax at the Manase fales, where again the water laps within a few metres of your feet.  

Day 4 - Over the hill

This is the big ride day. Although it is only 40kms to Vaisala, the 400 metres of climb can get a bit warm, so we will start early. The support van can prove rides as required.

The ride starts with a gentle meander through seaside villages before gradually heading inland and climbing through forest to avoid the lava cliffs.  we will stop and explore a lava tube cave.  Besides marvelling at the geology of the caves, it's a chance to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. Then its back on our bikes to head across the lava fields and down to Asau. Swim in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill then ride the last 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel.

The Somerset Maugham atmosphere and great beach at Vaisala 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 5 - Rest, fish or snorkel

The beach and snorkelling is so good here that there is really no need to do anything else. However, nearby Va-i-Moana offers a great lunch so we will cycle the 3kms there to keep the legs in shape.

Day 6 - To the western edge of the world

This is a gentle 20km ride to Falealupo with a number of attractions along the way; climb a giant banyan tree, realise 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; the sunsets across the coral sands are memorable and the swimming in the small lagoon refreshing. The coral here is in good shape and snorkelling at mid tide often rewarding.

Day 7 - South coast ride

There are numerous villages on the 40km ride around the coast to Satuiatua. The road winds along the cliff tops and beside beaches through many villages. Stop at Lovers Leap for a nui and to admire the view.

Satuiatua Resort is located right on the beach under giant banyan trees. When the tide is right (greater than half) there is wonderful snorkelling amongst dense schools of fish and we have often seen whales breaching while we were enjoying a beer on the restaurant balcony. 

Day 8 - Satuiatua Day

This is an opportunity to attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth and a good plantation tour is offered by the resort, do the drift snorkel again - or just sit in the bar looking for whales (September is the main whale season).

Day 9 - Blowholes and waterfalls

It's the last cycling day and longer too at 55kms. Yet, the ride is 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. Depending on availability the last night may be at Florences place (a small homestay) or  Lusia's Lagoon  Resort.  

Sunday 17 September - Departure

We have a short ride to the ferry, return back across the Apolima Strait and finish at our base.  Wave your sad farewells to this uniquely hospitable country and prepare morning flight home (or if you are simply not ready to leave, stay a while longer).

Pricing

The trip is fully guided.

Guided bike ride.

Includes:

  • Support vehicle traveling at your pace and carrying your bags
  • Guide throughout the Trip (Ross and/or Frances)
  • Participants can travel in van at any time for as much of the journey as they want

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

Visa and Mastercard are accepted but subject to a merchant cost surcharge of 3.5%.

Price includes:

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • All meals (except  dinners on arrival and departure days as this will normally be on the plane)
  • Bike hire
  • Support Van
  • Ferry Cost
  • Customary fees
  • Drinking water
  • Guide

Price excludes:

  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks etc
  • snacks
  • souvenirs etc

Price

$2,500 NZD pp 

or

$2,350 AUD pp

Fri 8 September 2017 - Arrival Day

The majority of flights arrive early evening between 8 and 9 pm.  This is a good flight for those living outside Auckland as there are same day connecting flights from throughout NZ.  If you catch one of these flights with Virgin or Air New Zealand make sure you get a meal on the flight as the resort restaurant will be closed.  

We will transfer you to St Terese Resort (or similar) for the evening. 

Day 2 - Introduction to Savaii

After breakfast we will transfer you to our base, gett your bike fitted and ride the 3kms to the ferry terminal. The crossing takes a little over an hour and then it is a 19km ride to Lano. The road meanders 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.

Our afternoon will get busy as soon after arrival at Lano we will get involved with preparing an umu feast. 

Then there will be time for a swim. Lano is a coral sands paradise beach with very good coral in shallow water. It's the perfect place to practise your snorkelling, or just laze in the warm water for a while.

After we have enjoyed the umu feast - sit back and watch a night of traditional siva.

Day 3 - Ride to Manase

Enjoy a 32km ride on mostly flat roads to Manase. The middle section of the ride is through a jungle corridor before winding over the lava fields. There is time to inspect the LMS church with a metre of lava on the floor from the 1905 eruption. Relax at the Manase fales, where again the water laps within a few metres of your feet.  

Day 4 - Over the hill

This is the big ride day. Although it is only 40kms to Vaisala, the 400 metres of climb can get a bit warm, so we will start early. The support van can prove rides as required.

The ride starts with a gentle meander through seaside villages before gradually heading inland and climbing through forest to avoid the lava cliffs.  we will stop and explore a lava tube cave.  Besides marvelling at the geology of the caves, it's a chance to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. Then its back on our bikes to head across the lava fields and down to Asau. Swim in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill then ride the last 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel.

The Somerset Maugham atmosphere and great beach at Vaisala 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 5 - Rest, fish or snorkel

The beach and snorkelling is so good here that there is really no need to do anything else. However, nearby Va-i-Moana offers a great lunch so we will cycle the 3kms there to keep the legs in shape.

Day 6 - To the western edge of the world

This is a gentle 20km ride to Falealupo with a number of attractions along the way; climb a giant banyan tree, realise 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; the sunsets across the coral sands are memorable and the swimming in the small lagoon refreshing. The coral here is in good shape and snorkelling at mid tide often rewarding.

Day 7 - South coast ride

There are numerous villages on the 40km ride around the coast to Satuiatua. The road winds along the cliff tops and beside beaches through many villages. Stop at Lovers Leap for a nui and to admire the view.

Satuiatua Resort is located right on the beach under giant banyan trees. When the tide is right (greater than half) there is wonderful snorkelling amongst dense schools of fish and we have often seen whales breaching while we were enjoying a beer on the restaurant balcony. 

Day 8 - Satuiatua Day

This is an opportunity to attend a tapa making session to see mulberry bark turned into cloth and a good plantation tour is offered by the resort, do the drift snorkel again - or just sit in the bar looking for whales (September is the main whale season).

Day 9 - Blowholes and waterfalls

It's the last cycling day and longer too at 55kms. Yet, the ride is 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. Depending on availability the last night may be at Florences place (a small homestay) or  Lusia's Lagoon  Resort.  

Sunday 17 September - Departure

We have a short ride to the ferry, return back across the Apolima Strait and finish at our base.  Wave your sad farewells to this uniquely hospitable country and prepare morning flight home (or if you are simply not ready to leave, stay a while longer).

Pricing

The trip is fully guided.

Guided bike ride.

Includes:

  • Support vehicle traveling at your pace and carrying your bags
  • Guide throughout the Trip (Ross and/or Frances)
  • Participants can travel in van at any time for as much of the journey as they want

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

Visa and Mastercard are accepted but subject to a merchant cost surcharge of 3.5%.

Price includes:

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • All meals (except  dinners on arrival and departure days as this will normally be on the plane)
  • Bike hire
  • Support Van
  • Ferry Cost
  • Customary fees
  • Drinking water
  • Guide

Price excludes:

  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks etc
  • snacks
  • souvenirs etc

Price

$2,500 NZD pp 

or

$2,350 AUD pp

Ross at Falealupo

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