What to Take

Less Clothes more Attitude

The old saw is take half the clothes and twice the money.  That is only half true on our trips as there is little to spend money on and most of our trips include transport, accommodation and most of your activities and meals.

The half the clothes part is true.  It's a lovely warm climate, something almost impossible to fully imagine when you are packing in winter is that you will not wear a jersey at all.  The casual style of the resorts also reduces suitcase size, but do be aware that conservative dress outside the resorts is important.

Do bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things.  Samoa is not particularly sophisticated and not everything works quite as well as it might in an expensive resort would.  However being a caring host is a core part of the Samoan way, so with a little tolerance for a different set of priorities, you will have a great experience.

Kayakers will need a light top for protection from the sun.  No warm clothing needed.

Fale style accommodation includes mattress, mosquito net and sheets.  It is too warm to require blankets or sleeping bag. So no need for tent, sheets, mosi net etc.

Gear List

  • Sunhat - essential on the water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottles (bring 2)
  • Light, modest clothes for kayaking in. A short sleeve running or cycling top with light collar and modest nylon shorts are ideal (Samoa villages are very traditional and short shorts and bikinis cause serious offence)
  • Swim gear for at resorts (can be to whatever level of brevity people want within the resort).
  • Light casual clothing for evenings
  • Usual range of toiletries (tampax not available in many places)
  • Towel
  • Women should bring or buy (15tala) a lavalava (sarong)
  • Torch (lights in fales are hard to read by)
  • Snack food for kayaking
  • Bottle of duty free if you want any alcohol other than beer (limited mixers available) 
  • Own paddle is optional. We have light fiberglass shafted, plastic bladed paddles that are fine. If you have your own specialist paddle you may enjoy it more.

 

Special Items

Several little things are worth preparing for and in most cases we have ways of helping with hire gear.

Remember that the international airport is near our base and the ferry terminal, but an hour from Apia.  Compounding this is that all town shops are shut from midday Saturday till Monday morning.  Salelologa is only one town on Savaii and it will be closed by the time you arrive on a Saturday.

Dry Bags

We have a limited range of dry bags available for use with the kayaks.  If you have your own they may be worth bringing.

Snorkel Gear

There is none for sale on Savaii and very little available in Apia.  Bring your own or hire from us.

Mobile phones and Internet

There are two local GSM providers. Both are open for most flights at the airport and sell Sim cards and economic prepay deals.  If you miss out at the airport the only other options are Salelololga and Apia (with their limited hours). Make sure your phone is not locked by your provider and you know how to configure new sims for data.

Wifi access is limited and expensive.  This is due in part to a very small Internet cable connecting Samoa to the rest of the world.  

We offer a rental smart phone loaded with 400mb of data and sufficient call funds for an hour long call to NZ or Australia.  The phone is configured as a wifi hotspot so you can still process emails and praise us on facebook with your own phone/PC/Tablet.  Top-ups available at most shops and on any day.

Lockable luggage

If you are staying in fales there is no lock on your room.  It is always a good idea to bring a lockable suitcase.  Some people also like to keep their wallet and phone in a small packsafe that can be locked into the rafters.  We have these for sale and hire.

Water purification

Tap water is generally not regarded as potable (there is a good reticulation and course filtration system but chlorine usage is at best spasmodic).  While bottled water is available in all resorts and some shops a high quality water filter is easier on the pocket and probably more reliable.  We have a limited number available for hire and supply them on all guided trips.

Gear for Hire

Gear is available for hire to people booking tour or bike hire only.

Items for Rent   7 day hire  10 day hire 2 Week hire 3 week hire
           
Mask & Snorkel Set (Atlantas Spree) Includes mesh bag for easy carrying NZ $ $30.00 $35.00 $40.00 $45.00
Samoan Tala 50 Tala 60 Tala 70 Tala 80 Tala
Fins (Apollo Rubber Fins) - Includes mesh bag when hiring NZ $ $20.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00
Samoan Tala 35 Tala 40 Tala 50 Tala 60 Tala
           
Pack Safe NZ $ $20.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00
Samoan Tala 35 Tala 40 Tala 50 Tala 60 Tala
           
Phone and wifi hotspot with 400mb data and 1 hr call to NZ/Australia NZ $ $35.00 $40.00 $45.00 $50.00
Samoan Tala 60 Tala 70 Tala 80Tala 90 Tala
           
Water Filter NZ $ $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $40.00
Samoan Tala 40 Tala 50Tala 60Tala 70 Tala

 

Hire gear invoiced before travel will be charged in NZ$.  Request equipment hire when confirming trip itinerary.

See also Hire bikes  for bike hire rates and details.