Are There Backpacker Hostels in Samoa?
Kind of. The accommodations in Samoa with shared dormitory rooms are not exactly labelled “hostels”, while the one accommodation that is labelled “backpackers” does not have any dorms… Confusing, right? Another caveat to the whole hostel thing in Samoa is that rates are not as dirt-cheap as you might expect. But hey, you’re in one of the most stunning island nations in the world and hosts often go above and beyond any other backpacker accommodation you might be used to on your travels. For example, traditional Samoan breakfasts and even dinners are often included in your stay. Check out what backpacker hostels in Samoa look like in this guide. Plus, scroll to the bottom of the list to see an awesome backpacker accommodation alternative!
For more backpacking tips, be sure to also check out The Complete Backpacking Guide to Samoa on a Budget.
1. Olivia’s Accommodation
A no-frills yet perfectly comfortable accommodation on the outskirts of Apia, Olivia’s Accommodation is a family-operated budget accommodation where you’ll instantly be made to feel at home. Relax in the outdoor garden lounge where you can meet fellow travellers or read a book in a hammock. When you’re not enjoying the included tropical breakfast or cooking meals in the communal kitchen, retreat to the shared dormitory room with a shared bathroom or one of the ensuite double or triple rooms with either air-conditioning or a fan. See more stays like this in the 25 Best Budget Accommodations in Samoa.
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2. Anita’s Beach Bungalows
On the popular sandy stretch of Lalomanu on Upolu, Anita’s Beach Bungalows not only offers beach fales (more on that later) but one of their rooms is a shared dormitory. Whether you stay in one of the fales or dorm with shared bathroom facilities or opt to upgrade to an ensuite room, a homely Samoan breakfast and dinner are included in the price, served in Anita’s Bar & Restaurant which also has a Samoan food menu and serves all your favourite Samoan drinks.
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3. Transit Motel
Offering perhaps one of the most convenient backpacker accommodations in Samoa, Transit Motel is your go-to when you need a place to stay between flights or taking the ferry. Located moments away from Faleolo International Airport and Mulifanua Wharf, Transit Motel not only offers shuttles to these transport connections but a selection of fan and air-conditioned rooms, including a four-bed and six-bed dorm. The rooms are obviously basic but comfortable enough. What’s more, there’s a restaurant on-site providing an easy option to replenish. In true South Seas style, the accommodation also has an outdoor pool. For more motels, which provide more backpacker-style stays but with private rooms, take a look at the 7 Best Motels in Samoa.
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4. Rita’s Lodge
Dormitories in a renovated family home, Rita’s Lodge is much like the hostel experience found in nearby nations like New Zealand. The lodge in the village/suburb of Lotopa in Apia is set among lush gardens where guests are free to help themselves to the abundance of fruit (when in season, of course) – see what you could be picking in the 10 Exotic Fruits in Samoa You Have to Try!
5. Salafai Backpackers Inn
A small yet eye-catching sign (at least for backpackers) in Savai’i‘s main town, Salelologa, indicates the “Salafai Backpackers Inn“. While it is, indeed, a budget hotel with rates of approximately ST$100, the name is misleading. There are no dorms and the rates are not as cheap as what you might expect as a backpacker. Instead, rooms are private with a very basic ensuite bathroom and hot drink-making facilities. They come in a range of layouts, such as double, twin and triple rooms.
Beach Fales: The Ultimate Backpacker Accommodation in Samoa!
Finally, we can’t talk about backpacker accommodation in Samoa and not mention beach fales. Although not as cheap as a dorm bed in other parts of the world, beach fales provide some of the best-value stays on the islands with rates of ST$70-$90 a night for a beach fale, as well as a substantial breakfast and dinner. Cheaper rates are available without the food included, but we recommend the food option as alternative dining is difficult to come by especially where Samoa’s beach fales are located.
Find out more about staying in beach fales in our Essential Tips for Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa and check out some of our top recommendations in the 20 BEST Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa.
Alternative Backpacker Hostels in Samoa
That’s it for our list of the best backpacker hostels in Samoa, which might be shorter than you anticipated. But no worries! There are some great hostel alternatives across Samoa, which you can learn more about in the following guides:
- 10 Best Guesthouses & B&Bs in Samoa
- The Guide to Camping in Samoa
- How to Pick the Best Budget Accommodation in Samoa for You
Finally, if you still haven’t found your place in paradise, start from scratch with Where to Stay in Samoa: The 50 Best Accommodations in Samoa.