Two Islands of SAMOA, Upolu and Savai’i

Code samoa2019
Duration 8 days 7 nights

...we had often wondered why so many people, we know, just love Samoa …and now we know.  The people are beautiful, the story of Aggie Grey and Robert Louis Stevenson has always held a fascination and there are some amazing geological wonders to explore.  Samoa is made up of 362 villages within ten islands.  The two main islands are Upolu, which most people go to because it is the most populated, has Apia as its capital, and also the International Airport. 

But the largest island is Savai’i – a sparcely populated volcanic rock island and although only a 50-minute ferry ride from the mainland, is like crossing over to an entirely different country, which is why we must go!  From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of Savai’i to the vast valleys leading down to Upolu’s coastline ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches, we will discover it all … and by the end of June, we will be ready for a break from NZs winter.  

This will be a very relaxing tour.

 

$3,987 Per Person  Incl. Transport and Flights Akld/Samoa/Akld.  7x nights Hotel/Resort Accom. on a Twin Share basis with 7x Breakfasts, 4x Lunches and 6x Dinners. Ferry Upolu to Savai’i and return.  Sights as in Detailed Itinerary.  Single Room Supplement is $1,176  A deposit of $700 is required to secure this booking with the balance of payment due 18 weeks prior to travel, by Sun 24th Feb 2019.

Contact SHIP n SHORE Tours for your Detailed Itinerary.     Tour limited to 26 People, due to Savai’i Resort size.

SUN 30th JUN to SUN 7th JUL

 

Auckland to Aggies
Auckland to Aggies

Sunday 30th June                    Fly Auckland to Samoa                 

Our Air NZ992 3.40pm flight arrives on the main island of Upolu, Samoa at 8.35pm.  Our home for the next 4 nights is Aggie Grey’s Hotel set right on the edge of Apia township.  We’d heard a lot about Aggie Grey’s Hotel and it did not disappoint.  It’s like a quiet tropical garden oasis.  

Meals : Dinner
Free Morning.  Fly Samoa to Auckland
Free Morning. Fly Samoa to Auckland

Sunday 7th                   Free Morning.  Fly Samoa to Auckland                  

As we are not departing the resort until midday, there is time to go to a local church, for those that wish to.

We fly Air NZ295 at 2.50pm, arriving 6pm in Auckland to our awaiting shuttles. 

Meals : Breakfast
Ferry Savai’i to Upolu
Ferry Savai’i to Upolu

Saturday 6th                Ferry Savai’i to Upolu                                            

We must depart our resort and make our way back to the ferry, but not before our local guide has taken us to see the magnificent Alofaga Blowholes and the beautiful Afu Aau Waterfall.  Our mid-afternoon ferry takes us back to Upolu and our home for our last night in Samoa, also Aggie Grey’s - Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day Savai’i
Free Day Savai’i

Friday 5th                     Free Day Savai’i                                                        BD

A day to soak up the atmosphere at our beautiful beachside resort and/or swim with the turtles right off our beach.    

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Ferry Upolu to Savai’i
Ferry Upolu to Savai’i

Thursday 4th                Ferry Upolu to Savai’i                                               BLD

An exciting day sees us boarding the ferry, that takes us on a 50-minute crossing to the island of Savai’i.  Everything about this island is different to Upolu.  Our local guide explains the Savai’i way of life, which is even more laid back than Upolu.  He guides us across the extraordinary Sale’aula Lava Fields on the way to our beachside resort - Stevenson’s at Manase Resort

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day Apia
Free Day Apia

Wednesday 3rd            Free Day Apia                                                           

 A day to relax at the hotel, explore the local area or go further afield.     Aggie Grey’s Hotel

Meals : Breakfast
Apia Sightseeing
Apia Sightseeing

Tuesday 2nd                  Apia Sightseeing                                                       

Today we’re exploring in and around the town of Apia.  Opposite the magnificent Catholic Church, which dominates the main street of Apia, we are due at the Samoa Cultural Centre, where we are treated to an interactive presentation of Fa’a Samoa – the Samoan Way!  See live demonstrations of traditional food prep (light lunch incl.), tattoo, wood carving, textile and dance.  Next is a guided tour of Robert Louis Stevenson’s home.  Hear how this famous writer became a beloved advocate for the local people against the British authorities.  The Samoans named him Tusitala (Samoan for Teller of Tales).  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Upolu East
Upolu East

Monday 1st July                         Upolu East                                                     

Going clockwise, we head east through dozens of small villages (this is our first glimpse of Samoan traditional Fale architecture).  We visit Piula Cave Pool and then Tafua Beach Fales for a delicious lunch, set right on Samoa’s finest beach - Lalomanu Beach; imagine white sand, tall palms and warm crystal clear water.  Then we see an amazing freak of nature – Tu Sua Ocean Trench is a huge hole in the ground, near the ocean, where the sea water accesses it through underwater tunnels. 

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We had often wondered why so many people, we know, just love Samoa …. and now we know. 

The people are beautiful, the story of Aggie Grey and Robert Louis Stevenson has always held a fascination and there are some amazing geological wonders to explore.  Samoa is made up of 362 villages within ten islands.  The two main islands are Upolu, which most people go to because it is the most populated, has Apia as its capital, and also the International Airport. 

But the largest island is Savai’i – a sparcely populated volcanic rock island and although only a 50-minute ferry ride from the mainland, is like crossing over to an entirely different country, which is why we must go!  From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of Savai’i to the vast valleys leading down to Upolu’s coastline ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches, we will discover it all … and by the end of June, we will be ready for a break from NZs winter.  

This will be a very relaxing tour.

 

 

 

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