Biking in Samoa
We decided on riding around the Island of Savaii with Outdoor Samoa because it seemed like a great way to not only see the sights of Samoa but also to soak up the culture and meet the beautiful people of Samoa. By biking around with two children aged 2 and 3 the Samoan people came to us. Kids ran out shouting Marlo ( Samoan for hello). Families waved at us and the occasional motorist encouraged us with a toot of their horn. I’m sure we would not have come close to this experience any other way. The kids loved it as they swam for hours each day and played with the locals. We loved it because it was an active and outdoor holiday that felt like a real journey. The trip was really well organised by Ross and Frances. They were thought highly of in the community as many of the locals knew them as genuine trustworthy people. Thank you Outdoor Samoa for a great memorable holiday. Keith, Jen, Munro and Forbes.
suckling pig or required to climb the coconut palms) and concludes with a fantastic display of fire dancing where the performers twirl machete like fighting knives with each end blazing from kerosene soaked cloth. The speed and dexterity required apparent from the regular burn scars.
Manase is a well established resort area with organised snorkelling, diving, cave touring and a couple of challenging mountain bike trails. At the Vaisala Hotel we had a 4 piece band almost to ourselves and fresh local lobster. We also discovered remarkable coral fields on the reef opposite the hotel. At Falealupo, a deserted beach and magic sunset and at Satuiatua a colourful drift snorkel over dense coral with huge schools of tropical fish. We found that Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets had a good restaurant and a party atmosphere that was very cool.
It was also the things we found on the way that enchanted us. We stopped at a hall and got chatting to the women weaving inside. They met every week to create the fine mats that are one of the main forms of traditional wealth. The mats represent many months of very fine, detailed work, but we seemed an excuse for a party and the women were soon pouring Samoan Cocoa, dancing and proposing marriage. The Alofaaga blowholes where locals drop coconuts into the holes than then shoot 30m into the air and the Afu Aau water falls with big jumps and cool water made a welcome swimming hole.
Our involvement here grew slowly as we were seduced by the wonderful beaches and never ending range of adventures. The next year we led a guided trip and soon we were running multiple guided trips, providing freedom bike hires and organising self tours for our clients who wanted to return with their friends and families. Last year we moved here, leased some land and built a bike shop to house our fleet that now has 80 bikes. We now spend the tourist months in Samoa running Outdoor Samoa We still offer guided trips and of course freedom hires, but the most popular trips are our custom self tours where we look after all the accommodation and provide a bag carry service or support van.
Last year we also bought the local sea kayak business and upgraded the kayak fleet so we can offer new adventures on the main island of Upolu. One of the first guided trips we ran 6 years ago was a sailing and kayaking trip to Antarctica. Samoa with a year round ocean water temperature of 29 degrees is very different, although we have had close contact with whales here and the turtles are almost as much fun as the penguins. It is also a lot safer here with no risk of hypothermia and no sea leopards or their equivalent. The kayaking within the lagoons works well for families and beginners and the warm water is a great place to practice wet exits ( falling out) and deep water re entry ( climbing back in). The turtles, coral, snorkelling in crystal clear water and quiet sandy beaches on uninhabited islands and peninsulas make for memorable days. For experienced kayakers the open ocean paddling in pacific