Quick Breaks

Quick Breaks

Cycling, swimming and snorkelling for a week

Finish work on a Friday, have the week swimming and cycling in Samoa and return to work refreshed on Monday. The ideal tonic for winter blues and the cheapest way to experience the treasured isles.

Description Cycling Beaches Comfort Adventure Culture
An 8 day tour with 180 kms of cycling Fales
Motels
Description
An 8 day tour with 180 kms of cycling
Cycling
Beaches
Comfort
Fales
Motels
Adventure
Culture

Imagine waking most mornings to the sun peeping through the matting sides of your beach fale and having a quick swim in the safe warm lagoon waters before breakfast.  After the morning riding through the villages and sampling traditional Samoan village life you arrive at the next beach where you snorkel over the coral for the afternoon before a beach side evening with beer or cocktails served in a fresh coconut.  

The trip begins with a night on the very traditional island of Manono.  Walk the 4kms around the island on the footpath (dogs, cars and bikes are banned from the island) and observe traditional life.  Join in an afternoon village volleyball session or snorkel out on the reef.   Or take a lesson in local handicrafts, making a food basket or helping prepare an umu (traditional roast meal).

On Sunday you cross to Savaii and begin your 180km ride around the enchanted isle.  Each night is at a different beach resort (except 2 nights in Satuiatua) so generally you will cycle in the morning and swim, snorkel or relax on the beach in the afternoon.

The two nights in Satuiatua provide the opportunity to experience daily Samoan village life.  Take a plantation tour, see how Siapo (tapa cloth) and traditional mats are made or just chill on the beach and watch for passing whales from the resort bar.

Accommodation is mostly fale level with two nights in motels.   The trip includes bike hire, all breakfasts and all but the last night’s dinner.  Your bags are carried between resorts each day making the riding easier and we have included airport transfers.  So your only additional costs are small activity/entrance fees, lunches, snacks and drinks.

Notes:  

This is a self-guided tour, you should be able to change a tyre or carry out other simple maintenance.   If you would prefer a fully guided trip see Guided Savaii or contact us for other options. 

The Savaii Escape trip is a bit more relaxed and depending on flights may require an extra day off work.

 

Fitness Required

If you are not taking one of our ebikes you should be comfortable riding 40kms a day.  While 40kms is not far, the days get pretty warm and there are a few hills.  The ebikes take all the hard work away and can be hired for a few dollars extra.

Pricing and dates

Unlike our usual customisable trips this is a set itinerary with departures every Saturday.  

Price is $990NZ pp on a "shared twin" basis - see the Pricing tab below for more details.

Because our prices include all ground transport and accommodation and almost all meals and activity costs this is probably the cheapest way to see Samoa and it's a much more interactive experience with the villages than travelling by car.

Additions and ebikes

Unlike most of our trips which are fully customisable with upgrades to a support van, better accommodation and extra days within the trip this is only available as shown here.  

We have a limited number of ebikes available for an additional $120 NZD. 

Extra days can be added at the beginning or the end (particularly a couple of days kayaking). Just ask for ideas and a quote.

If you want to upgrade to a full support van or have a larger group or want to add extra days within the itinerary we will happily do a custom tour quote.  The Savaii Escape and Discovery Ride itineraries provide a good starting point to price.

Other Quick Breaks

We are developing a quick break based on Upolu. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Relax and unwind in Samoa!


Arrival

Unlike most of our trips this is a set tour (with a departure every Saturday).  It is designed to work within a standard week off off work.

From New Zealand

This trip is designed around the Air New Zealand flight from Auckland on Saturday morning.  This is a large Boeing 777, meaning there are usually reasonably priced seats in economy and options for business class travelers.  If you catch a Friday night flight there is a small additional charge for accommodation at Airport Lodge that night.

From Australia

The Virgin direct flight from Sydney on Friday night also connects perfectly into this trip.  

Daily Plan

Saturday

We will meet you at the airport and transport you to our base 10 minutes away.  After a briefing and fitting your bike its off on a small ferry (really an alia, or small catamaran fishing boat) for the 6km journey within the lagoon to Manono Island. There are several choices here, walk the 4km footpath around the island, stopping to chat to locals and observe traditional life and maybe join in a volleyball game. Alternatively snorkel by the reef, or just unwind and swim at the fales. 

Sunday - To white sand beaches of Savaii

After breakfast you will catch two ferries to the big island of Savaii.  A 20km ride through coastal villages brings you to the white sand beach of Lano where you stay in beach fales on the shore of the lagoon.  This is one of the easiest and safest places to learn to snorkel with large areas of sandy bottomed chest deep water interspersed with coral outcrops.

Monday - Ride to Manase

Look forward to a 32km ride on mostly flat roads. The middle section of the ride is through a jungle corridor before winding over the lava fields. Take  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.  There is great snorkelling here and if the tides are right you can take the Dive Savaii snorkel tour amongst the stunning coral gardens.

Tuesday - 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 start early.

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 cave to explore. The cave takes 3 hours to walk through, though most people spend only half an hour in the cave, time to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. Even if you don’t stop for lunch (pre-booking essential) freshen up with a nui (young coconut) before heading across the lava fields and down to Asau. Swim in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill before riding the last 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel which is located on another sandy beach with great swimming and snorkelling at all tides.

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. 

Wednesday - South Coast Ride

There are numerous villages on the 40km undulating ride across the peninsula and around the coast to Satuiatua. The road winds along the cliff tops and beside beaches through many villages.  Village life is very social and you may get the opportunity to join a game of Samoan cricket or have Samoan cocoa with a women's weaving group.   

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.  

Thursday - Rest or Culture Day

By now you will be more than ready for a day out of the saddle, but the challenge is deciding what to do.  The snorkelling is good (and night snorkelling can be arranged in the marine reserve beside the resort), surfing can sometimes be arranged and there are lava tube caves to explore. There 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, but often just chilling on the beach and watching for whales from the bar wins out.

Friday - Scenic day

 This is the longest day's ride at 55kms but it's mostly flat and much easier than the previous two hilly days.  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 before finishing at Lusia's Lagoon Chalets just a kilometre down the road. Here you will enjoy a comfortable motel room, a la carte dining and swimming, or just chill on the pier with your favourite tipple and a great sense of satisfaction.

Saturday - Tofa Soifua  to the enchanted Isles

Catch a morning ferry back to Upolu, hand back your bike and say Tofa Soifua (goodbye) to the beaches and people of Samoa.  Come back soon.

 

Pricing

The trip is a standard itinerary that starts every Saturday.

Price includes:

  • Bag carry service
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • 7 breakfasts (all breakfasts),
  • 6 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

$990NZD or $950 AUD  pp shared twin*.

Solo travellers – A single supplement* of $100 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.

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

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

Arrival

Unlike most of our trips this is a set tour (with a departure every Saturday).  It is designed to work within a standard week off off work.

From New Zealand

This trip is designed around the Air New Zealand flight from Auckland on Saturday morning.  This is a large Boeing 777, meaning there are usually reasonably priced seats in economy and options for business class travelers.  If you catch a Friday night flight there is a small additional charge for accommodation at Airport Lodge that night.

From Australia

The Virgin direct flight from Sydney on Friday night also connects perfectly into this trip.  

Daily Plan

Saturday

We will meet you at the airport and transport you to our base 10 minutes away.  After a briefing and fitting your bike its off on a small ferry (really an alia, or small catamaran fishing boat) for the 6km journey within the lagoon to Manono Island. There are several choices here, walk the 4km footpath around the island, stopping to chat to locals and observe traditional life and maybe join in a volleyball game. Alternatively snorkel by the reef, or just unwind and swim at the fales. 

Sunday - To white sand beaches of Savaii

After breakfast you will catch two ferries to the big island of Savaii.  A 20km ride through coastal villages brings you to the white sand beach of Lano where you stay in beach fales on the shore of the lagoon.  This is one of the easiest and safest places to learn to snorkel with large areas of sandy bottomed chest deep water interspersed with coral outcrops.

Monday - Ride to Manase

Look forward to a 32km ride on mostly flat roads. The middle section of the ride is through a jungle corridor before winding over the lava fields. Take  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.  There is great snorkelling here and if the tides are right you can take the Dive Savaii snorkel tour amongst the stunning coral gardens.

Tuesday - 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 start early.

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 cave to explore. The cave takes 3 hours to walk through, though most people spend only half an hour in the cave, time to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests. Even if you don’t stop for lunch (pre-booking essential) freshen up with a nui (young coconut) before heading across the lava fields and down to Asau. Swim in the freshwater pools at the bottom of the hill before riding the last 3 kms to the classic old Vaisala hotel which is located on another sandy beach with great swimming and snorkelling at all tides.

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. 

Wednesday - South Coast Ride

There are numerous villages on the 40km undulating ride across the peninsula and around the coast to Satuiatua. The road winds along the cliff tops and beside beaches through many villages.  Village life is very social and you may get the opportunity to join a game of Samoan cricket or have Samoan cocoa with a women's weaving group.   

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.  

Thursday - Rest or Culture Day

By now you will be more than ready for a day out of the saddle, but the challenge is deciding what to do.  The snorkelling is good (and night snorkelling can be arranged in the marine reserve beside the resort), surfing can sometimes be arranged and there are lava tube caves to explore. There 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, but often just chilling on the beach and watching for whales from the bar wins out.

Friday - Scenic day

 This is the longest day's ride at 55kms but it's mostly flat and much easier than the previous two hilly days.  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 before finishing at Lusia's Lagoon Chalets just a kilometre down the road. Here you will enjoy a comfortable motel room, a la carte dining and swimming, or just chill on the pier with your favourite tipple and a great sense of satisfaction.

Saturday - Tofa Soifua  to the enchanted Isles

Catch a morning ferry back to Upolu, hand back your bike and say Tofa Soifua (goodbye) to the beaches and people of Samoa.  Come back soon.

 

Pricing

The trip is a standard itinerary that starts every Saturday.

Price includes:

  • Bag carry service
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on all nights
  • 7 breakfasts (all breakfasts),
  • 6 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

$990NZD or $950 AUD  pp shared twin*.

Solo travellers – A single supplement* of $100 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.

Payment method

Trips can be invoiced in NZ$ or AUS$. 

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

Starting from our base at Mulifanua

Relaxing in freshwater pools in Asau

Outriggers (pao pao) are used every day for fishing

Village rugby and volleyball

Eating fresh Cocoa

Don't miss the blowholes at Taga

Exploring the peopeo caves

Need a coconut (Nui) to drink - just ask

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