Samoa, almost an unknown paradise in many ways, is a 3 hour 50 minute flight from Auckland with daily flights operated by two airlines
Samoa is a full day behind New Zealand, therefore crossing the International Date Line during your flight and arriving on the island the day prior to your departure.
The destination itself will pleasantly surprise you with beautiful beaches, white sands lined with coconut palms and aquamarine lagoons. The local Samoan people are very welcoming, helpful and most speak very good English. They are proud people who still honour and nurture a culture rich in age-old traditions and ceremonies. Samoa offers a range of things to see and do from beautiful walks and waterfalls to local villages and sailing trips. A visit to the town of Apia is a must with its buzzing daily market, many shops and the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Savai’i, a large outer island, can be explored on a day trip or overnight trip.
Samoa has a regular public transport system operated by traditional local buses, each decorated with the owners’ personal favourite choice of colours and designs. Alternatively rental cars and scooters are available for hire and there are also taxis operating on the island. The roads are in good condition and you can easily travel around the main island. If you decide to include a day trip or an overnight trip to Savaii, there are currently 4 ferries per day that operate at various times. It is approximately a 1 hour and 30 minute journey and is reasonably priced. You can hire a rental car upon arrival and there is a selection of properties to stay depending on your individual taste or preference.
Temperatures range between 20 to 30 degrees, depending on the time of the year, with the wet season and more humid months being December through to mid March. The local currency is Samoan Tala and is usually favourable against the New Zealand Dollar, depending on the exchange rate at the time, making it a very affordable destination once there.
Your choice of accommodation in Samoa can range from B&B’s and Lodges to beachfront resorts with a variety of facilities between them. These properties range from 2 to 4 stars. If you wish to be a little more adventurous there are also traditional Fales (open sided huts with bedding provided). These are dotted at various locations around the island and some are on the most pristine beaches. Fales are often very basic, but clean and are graded between 1 and 3 stars depending on the property, location and facilities. These are great fun for a few nights, for the young at heart and those with a sense of adventure.
We visit Samoa regularly and have an extensive knowledge of the destination, places to stay and can recommend the best option for your wedding and accommodation based on your individual preferences.
Your wedding arrangements are handled with the greatest of care and you will have the choice of a beach wedding, with the lagoon as the backdrop or a traditional chapel wedding.