Luxury Activities and Tours on Savai’i
Celebrating a special occasion? Or are you perhaps just in need of a treat? Do something beyond the ordinary among quaint villages and breathtaking coastlines with one of the luxury experiences on Savai’i. Although it might not be luxury as you know it, there’s something to excite all of the senses for the discerning traveller with an open mind. Dive into our list of luxury activities and tours…
1. Explore Savai’i’s Natural History on a Private Island Tour
Discover Savai’i’s natural and historical wonders with the expertise of a local guide (not to mention without the hassle of finding the attractions yourself) on a private island tour. Get in touch with Nu’u from Savai’i Tours for a personalised tour of the island, or he can suggest a fun-filled itinerary. Otherwise, Amoa Resort offers a variety of full-day private island tours, either following a suggested itinerary of the south or northeast coast or a tour catered to your desired itinerary. Learn more about these tours and more in the 10 Best Day Tours of Savai’i.
Location: Savai’i Tours – Transfers included. Amoa Resort – Tours depart from their resort in Faga village on the east coast.
2. Dive Among the Turtles and Nudibranchs on the John Williams V Wreck Dive
From lagoon snorkelling among the turtles, eagle rays, clownfish and nudibranchs to a shallow wreck dive of the John Williams V, there are some interesting dive sites around Savai’i for new and seasoned divers alike. Dive Savai’i is a PADI-affiliated operation offering a range of recreational dives, courses and snorkelling tours. Note that they operate seasonally, so check out the Dive Savai’i website for dates. Additionally, see The Top 10 Places to Scuba Dive in Samoa for more on the subject.
Location: Fagamalo village (opposite the Le Lagoto Resort) on the northeast coast.
3. Catch Pacific Whoppers on a Private Fishing Charter
Head out on the azure waters to catch Pacific pelagics, such as mahimahi, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, trevally and more on a private fishing charter. Enjoy a day of snorkelling, fishing and lunch with Amoa Resort‘s own 30ft boat exclusively for your group of up to five guests (minimum age 18 years old). Alternatively, get in touch with Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge in Asau Bay for a personalised fishing experience of either a half- or full-day charter on one of their two fishing boats. For more on getting “hooked” in Samoa, head to The Ultimate Guide to Fishing in Samoa.
Location: Amoa Resort – Tours depart from their resort in Faga village on the east coast. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge – Between Auala and Asau villages in Asau Bay on the northwest coast.
4. Get an Authentic Insight into “Fa’a Samoa” Through a Private or Small-Group Cultural Experience
Not only is the Samoan culture always within arms reach on Savai’i, but you’ll only ever experience it as a small or private group; never among the tourist crowds. Head to the Siapo Demonstration in Palauli village, for example, and you’ll either be part of a small if not the only group to get a hands-on demonstration of traditional canvas-making and painting techniques. At resorts like Amoa Resort, join their Village Walk, Koko Samoa Demonstration or Weaving Demonstration where you’re free to ask as many questions as you like. At Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge, join their Koko Plantation Tour to see how cocoa beans are grown and sent to the famous New Zealand chocolate brand, Whittaker’s. See how else you can experience the Samoan way (known as fa’a Samoa) in the 8 Best Cultural Activities on Savai’i.
Location: Siapo Demonstration – Palauli village next to the entrance of the Afu Aau Waterfall on the southeast coast. Amoa Resort – Faga village on the east coast. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge – Between Auala and Asau villages in Asau Bay on the northwest coast.
5. Indulge in a Beachfront Massage
Treat the senses to a soothing massage in a breathtaking setting. Although there used to be more spa options on Savai’i (and may still open in the future, so be sure to inquire at resorts such as Le Lagoto Resort), you will now have to venture to Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge for a traditional massage known as fofo Samoa. Choose to experience this heavenly massage either in the air-conditioned comfort of your room, on the deck of your fale or surrounded by lagoon waters in the massage fale on the pier. Alternatively, Aganoa Lodge offers a range of massages and even couples’ spa treatments at their spa fale. For more on finding your zen in Samoa, check out the 10 Best Places to Get a Massage in Samoa.
Location: Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge – Between Auala and Asau villages in Asau Bay on the northwest coast. Aganoa Lodge – Signposted off the main road in Fa’a’ala village on the southeast coast.
More Luxury Experiences on Savai’i
That’s it for the most luxurious of the luxury experiences on Savai’i. But of course, “luxury” means something different for everybody. You might find luxury in a self-drive tour of Savai’i or discovering the best surf spots. And if there’s anything that we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in one of the following guides:
- 50 Best Things to Do on Savai’i
- 10 Most Luxurious Experiences in Samoa
- 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List
Finally, don’t leave without bookmarking The Complete Luxury Guide to Samoa with the last of our advice for luxury travellers.