Bik­ing in Samoa

Go Travel The Pacific - - Samoa - Trip ad­vi­sor – on Bike 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

Lon­don Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety Church, Savaii Is­land

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