10 Best Beaches on Savai'i ๐Ÿ–๏ธ
10 Best Beaches on Savai'i ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

10 Best Beaches on Savai’i ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

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Discover Savai’i’s Best Beaches

Postcard-perfect beaches come hand-in-hand with an escape to Savai’i. Indeed, there’s a dizzying array of sweeping sands to choose from. Let us make things a little easier for you by sharing our favourite beaches on Savai’i, whether it’s for the snorkelling, for the beach fales, for the sunrise, for the sunset, or just because they look so darn good.

Paying for Beaches on Savai’i

As with any beaches in Samoa, the land is owned by local families who provide infrastructure like beach fales for the public to enjoy. To help fund and maintain these sites, however, you are usually charged for using beach fales, which is the customary way to access the beach. Day fale fees are usually approximately ST$5-$10 per person or ST$20-$30 per vehicle; other accommodation types cost more with the inclusion of a room or purchasing something from their restaurant is usually enough.

1. Falealupo Beach

Sweeping white sands and glorious snorkelling await at Falealupo Beach. Either stay the night or hire a day fale at Falealupo Beach Fales or Se’eti Beach Fales with more than a kilometre of sand to enjoy. Snorkelling gear is available to hire where the snorkelling is fine from the beach. The best parts, however, are further out so you can hire guides from Falealupo Beach Fales if you want to check it out. Discover more about Savai’i’s best beach fales in the 10 Best Beach Fale Accommodations on Savai’i.

Location: Falealupo village off Falealupo Road on the northwest coast. Turn off the main road onto Falealupo Road at Falealupo-utu village.

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2. Manase Beach

One of the most popular beaches on Savai’i and one of the best places in Samoa to see turtles in their natural environment, Manase Beach is another area to entice. The beach fales just beg for you to stay longer, so either stay overnight or just for the day at Tailua, Tanu or Jane’s Beach Fales or opt for the resort options of Stevensons at Manase. Bring your own snorkelling gear otherwise, Tanu Beach Fales has some for hire. Be careful of tidal conditions, and avoid swimming near the reef passages.

Location: Manase village on the northeast coast. Enquire at the accommodations situated on the coastline.

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3. Lano Beach

Crisp white sand, vibrant blue waters… This is your quintessential South Pacific beach. Either visit for the day using one of the day fales or join the friendly hosts of Lauiula or Joelan Beach Fales to stay in their ultra-spacious traditional-style beach fales overnight. With the reef quite far from shore, there’s safe swimming near the beach. Snorkelling gear is free to hire for Lauiula guests, while kayaks have a small hire fee.

Location: Lano village, along the main road on the east coast.

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4. Vaisala Bay

A sweeping white-sand beach is a secluded bay, Vaisala Bay might be all the way in the northwestern corner of the island but it’s worth a stop as you’re tiki touring around the island. Instead of being lined with beach fales, you have the rustic Vaisala Hotel which has a restaurant open for lunch and dinner; it’s best to let them know you’re coming if you’re expecting food though – just in case they are not too busy. There’s also an attractive 20-minute loop walk through the forest and on top of the cliffs that’s well worth checking out. This walk can be found at the eastern end of the beach.

Location: Vaisala village, signposted along the main road and down a short driveway on the northwest coast.

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5. Cape Mulinuu

From Falealupo Beach (see #1), it’s worth then continuing on the flat dirt road (suitable for 2WD) through the coconut groves to Cape Mulinuu not only to watch the sunset from Samoa’s westernmost point but to discover some fascinating historical sites. If there are locals around taking entry fees, they are usually happy to tell you about the legends of the ancient star mound, “Giant’s Cave” and the village well. Otherwise, the interpretation panels here are sufficient enough. For more stellar sunset spots, check out the 10 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Samoa.

Location: Falealupo Road, approximately 2.2km (1.3 mi) south of Falealupo Beach on the northwest coast.

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6. Faiaai Beach

On the southern sunset stretch of the coast, Faiaai Beach hides out of sight from the main road down a bush-clad cliff. Luckily, there’s a long set of concrete steps to take you down to the narrow stretch of white sand lined with coconut palms. There’s approximately 1.5km (0.9 mi) of beach and cliffs to explore, especially at low tide. Ask villagers in Faiaai to point you toward the direction of the steps. Note that there are no beach fales, changing rooms or bathrooms but there’s still an entry fee.

Location: Between Fogosavaii and Vaipua villages, along the main road on the southwest coast.

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7. Satuiatua Beach

The southern sunset coast’s most popular beach, Satuiatua Beach‘s main access is through Satuiatua Beach Resort; the only beach fales on the southwest coast. Hire a fale for the day or, if they’ve got the restaurant back up and running after a devastating fire took down their popular dining venue, have a bite to eat! Otherwise, they are still taking overnight guests with food served in their temporary dining fale. Learn more about the accommodation in the 10 Best Resorts on Savai’i.

Location: Satuiatua village, along the main road on the southwest coast.

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8. Faga Beach

Between the manmade lagoon deck and beach of the Amoa Resort and the small tract of sand with day fales further north in Luua Faga, the village of Faga provides another enticing beach destination on Savai’i. This stretch of coast captures some amazing sunrises as the perfect way to kickstart your day. Hire kayaks from the Amoa Resort to explore the lagoon or simply enjoy a swim. For more sunrise hotspots, check out the 10 Best Places to Watch the Sunrise in Samoa.

Location: Faga and Luua Faga villages, along the main road on the east coast.

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9. Fagamalo Beach

There are plenty of small beaches lining the shores of Fagamalo village which most visitors will experience through the Savaii Lagoon Resort or Le Lagoto Resort. These resorts share a stunning west-facing beach that captures amazing sunsets behind the distant coastal cliffs. Both resorts have kayaks to hire. You can hire snorkelling gear from Dive Savai’i, just across the road, to check out cool little pockets of staghorn coral and their ecosystems just off the beach. Both accommodations also have restaurants, should you just want to visit throughout the day. Otherwise, check out what it’s like to stay overnight in the 10 Best Resorts on Savai’i.

Location: Fagamalo village, along the main road on the northeast coast.

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10. Asaga Beach

Another breathtaking beach lies along the coast of Asaga, which also has a few other attractions you might want to seek out. Opposite the day fales on Asaga Beach are the Asaga Mangroves where canoe trips depart to paddle through the mangrove forest to a freshwater swimming pool. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head north to the Taefu T. Matafeo Store (Netta’s Cake Shop) for coffee, cake and/or their hot meal of the day. Find out more about the Asaga Mangroves in the 50 Best Things to Do on Savai’i and the cafe in the 10 Best Restaurants on Savai’i.

Location: Asaga village, at the northern end of the road bridge on the east coast.

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More About the Beaches in Savai’i and Samoa

That’s it for our list of the best beaches in Savai’i but it’s by no means the last of our advice! Check out the guides below for more about beaches, Savai’i and Samoa:

Finally, plan more of your trip to Savai’i using The Complete Travel Guide to Savai’i.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Samoa. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Upolu and Savai’i’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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