Beach Fales, Hotels and Cheap Accommodation on Savai’i
Many agree that some of the cheapest accommodations in Samoa are the best accommodations and the same can be said for Savai’i. Leave the expectations of Western-style comforts at home because Savai’i’s main form of budget accommodation is beach fales. These are essentially open-air huts on the beach kitted out with a foam mattress, bedding, a mosquito net and either a tarpaulin or woven blinds for privacy/rain protection. It’s an authentic and rustic “glamping” experience that’s a must-do on Savai’i. Our list of the best budget accommodations on Savai’i also includes budget hotel rooms and ensuite bungalows should you crave a little extra comfort.
Before you get browsing, don’t miss The Complete Travel Guide to Savai’i on a Budget – it’s kind of useful too.
1. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge
Offering much more than a bed for the night, Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge pulls out all of the stops to offer the complete Savai’ian holiday experience. Although the lodge is one of the top places on the island for fishing charters, they also have kayaks, snorkelling gear, bikes, fishing rods and SUP boards for guests to hire. Not to mention, some of Savai’i’s top cultural experiences depart here, from their highly recommended Koko Plantation Tour to their Village Walk, massage and so on. Breakfast is included in the rate and served at the on-site restaurant, which also has an a la carte menu for dinner (note that food orders are done at reception before 5pm).
As for the accommodation, choose your level of comfort from the traditional open fale on the waterfront to one of the spacious ensuite bungalows. Either way, it’ll be a charmingly rustic experience.
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2. Falealupo Beach Fales
Isolated on the western tip of Savai’i, Falealupo Beach Fales spans one of Samoa’s most scenic beaches. Fales are kitted out with all the usual beddings, including a mosquito net and woven blinds for privacy. The rates include a generous local breakfast and a buffet dinner (stir-fry, taro, palusami, chop suey and curry with vegetarian options). Their shop sells drinks and snacks, while snorkelling gear, snorkelling tours to go further out and island tours are also available (be sure to let your host know in advance). Learn more about their island tours in the 10 Best Day Tours of Savai’i.
3. Tanu Beach Fales
Established in 1993 and claiming to be the first beach fale accommodation in Samoa, Tanu Beach Fales certainly offers some of the most spacious and well-maintained beach fales in Savai’i. Most of the 28 fales are located on the lagoon’s edge in the glorious snorkelling and beach hotspot of Manase. Fales can be laid out for solo travellers, couples and families with both sleep-only and sleep, breakfast and dinner rates available. Food is a shared affair with the likes of palusami, breadfruit, taro, chow mein and some vegetarian options. For more fales catering to families, check out the 10 Best Family Accommodations on Savai’i.
4. Jane’s Beach Fales
Also at the glorious coastline of Manase, Jane’s Beach Fales is a great option for those seeking a little more privacy thanks to their spacious fales complete with a deck facing the ocean and timber walls sectioning off the bedroom yet still allowing for airflow. Like all beach fales, bathrooms are shared but there are also vibrant-yet-rustic ensuite units with very basic private bathrooms that still lie within the budget realm. Breakfast and dinner are available at an extra reasonable fee, while a couple of kayaks are also available to hire. They didn’t have much left in the way of snorkelling gear when we last visited. For more awesome beach fales, check out the 10 Best Beach Fale Accommodations on Savai’i.
5. Tailua Beach Fales
A hybrid between a beach fale and a rustic beach hut, Tailua Beach Fales offers 10 spacious open-air accommodations also on the coast of Manase. Breakfast and dinner are included with fresh fruit, toast, coconut jam and omelette being Tailua’s signature breakfast, while dinner is a homecooked meal much like Samoans would usually have, such as chicken curry. It’s common to see turtles outside of the accommodation (which is helped by staff putting papaya in the water for them), but luckily they don’t encourage guests to swim with the turtles while they’re feeding; you’ll just get a great view from the fales! For more places to spot turtles, check out the 10 Places to See Turtles in Samoa.
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6. Lauiula Beach Fales
Located on the sunrise coast of Savai’i in the village of Lano, Lauiula Beach Fales offers an idyllic setting for their affordable beach fale accommodation. The spacious fales can cater to a number of sleeping arrangements, whether you’re a couple or a family, and come with traditionally woven bi-fold walls for privacy. There’s also the option of an ensuite air-conditioned villa which understandably comes with higher rates. Enjoy breakfast and dinner at the beachfront dining fale or even choose something for lunch off their menu. Snorkelling gear is free to hire, while kayaks have a small hire rate. Either way, you’ll want to explore the glorious beach and lagoon right on your doorstep.
7. Joelan Beach Fales
Another worthwhile option on the white sands of Lano, Joelan Beach Fales gives guests the option of open fales with tarpaulins to roll down if it rains, closed fales with woven panel walls or an air-conditioned ensuite bungalow. The spacious fales can accommodate up to four guests each. Rates include breakfast, dinner and hot drinks available in the airy dining fale. A lunch menu is available on request. Traditional Samoan canoes (paopao) can also be organised to explore the lagoon if you let your hosts know.
8. Se’eti Beach Fales
If you’re looking for some larger beach fales on the stunning sunset beach of Falealupo, Se’eti Beach Fales has some ideal spacious options. With woven bi-fold walls, there’s extra privacy for your fale when you want to retreat from the beach on which you’re directly on! Expect vibrant paintwork and an even more vibrant family atmosphere where your hosts will keep you well-fed and catered to. Check out more accommodations with romantic settings in the 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations on Savai’i.
9. Vaisala Hotel
A rustic hotel on a secluded beach, Vaisala Hotel offers a unique style of budget accommodation on Savai’i. There are basic but functional ensuite rooms for couples up to large families, while the elevated restaurant and bar offer elevated views of Vaisala Bay. Rates include a continental breakfast, while the restaurant offers an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. A highlight of the area is a concrete walking trail along the beach and clifftops which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the loop.
10. Le Rosalote Guest Fales
A short drive from Salelologa, Le Rosalote Guest Fales swaps the usually open-air accommodation for four walls (or more walls because of the fales’ oval shape). Located in the village and waterfront setting of Lalomalava, things are so laid back that you might struggle to get a booking here. If you do, you have some rugged overwater fales or garden units to keep you rested. Food is served in the homely dining fale.
More About Budget Accommodations on Savai’i
That’s it for our list of the best budget accommodations on Savai’i but by no means the end of our budget tips. Check out the following guides for more information:
- 20 Tips to Save Money in Samoa
- How to Pick the Best Budget Accommodation in Samoa for You
- 25 Free & Cheap Things to Do on Savai’i
Finally, don’t forget to The Complete Backpacking Guide to Samoa on a Budget and Samoa Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost? to plan more of your trip.