The Best Accommodations for Surfing in Samoa
Experience an alternative South Pacific surf destination that nobody is talking about yet is so easy to organise, and most of those who come here want to keep it that way… Samoa takes the fuss out of finding the perfect wave with passionate guides and surf boats operating from (or with) various resorts and lodges along Upolu‘s southern coast and even on the lesser-visited island of Savai’i. Whether you’re looking to relax with fellow surfers or bringing the family along, there are resorts, lodges and even traditional beach fales to suit. Check them out in this list of the best surf resorts in Samoa!
Before we begin, don’t miss your Samoa surf bible, The Ultimate Guide to Surfing in Samoa.
1. Salani Surf Resort
Nestled in an enclave on the south coast of Upolu yet moments away from quality waves, Salani Surf Resort is an immediate go-to for a surf stay in Samoa. Each of the eight elevated units boasts estuary views from its private deck, while air-conditioning and an attractive ensuite bathroom with a waterfall shower are also part of the parcel. When you’re not making use of the surf boats and guides taking you to the most pumping waves, retreat to the resort’s saltwater swimming pool, dine at the restaurant specialising in fresh and responsibly sourced food or hop on one of the resort’s island excursions. Find out more about Salani’s sustainability principles in the 5 Best Eco Resorts in Samoa.
2. Aganoa Lodge
One of the most premium lodgings and surf camps on Savai’i, Aganoa Lodge has epic waves just off its beach. The upscale faux-beach fale experience has you staying in stylish and spacious oval fales with their own private deck leading straight onto the sands, while out the back is your ensuite rock wall shower. Meals are all-inclusive and served in the dining fale with the Tafua Rainforest Reserve out the back and the Pacific Ocean out the front. There’s more to do here than surf, with massages, fishing, kayaking, SUPping, yoga and eco tours available. For more lodge-style stays, take a look at the 10 Best Lodges in Samoa.
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3. Maninoa Surf Fales
Wedged between two upscale resorts, Maninoa Surf Fales isn’t as “basic” as it seems. While there are your humble beach fales for the true Samoan experience, those seeking more comfort have relatively modern hotel and apartment rooms to choose from. The main reason to stay, of course, is access to the daily surf boat! In between days on the water, relaxed in the chilled-out communal area where you can shoot some pool, raid the library and mingle with like-minded travellers. Check out the surf breaks guests have access to in the 10 Best Places to Surf in Upolu.
4. Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Looking for surf and rustic luxury combined? It awaits at the Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa… Design your own Upolu getaway, whether it’s teeing off at the resort’s very own 9-hole golf course, working off the kinks at the Tui–I–Lagi Spa or, of course, making the most of the resort’s surf packages. Sinalei works with Manoa Tours to offer guests experiences of the best breaks for the conditions, with a surf boat and guide taking you to barrels right off the resort’s doorstep. As for accommodation, any one of the villas decorated with soothing tones and island-inspired interiors is sure to impress, whether it’s among the lush tropical grounds or basking in the absolute beachfront. For more upscale stays like this, take a look at the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations & Resorts in Samoa.
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5. Vaiula Beach Fales
For surfers on a budget, or those seeking a more authentic Samoan experience, choose one of the 22 beach fales sitting on the absolute beachfront of Upolu‘s Tafatafa Beach at Vaiula Beach Fales. The fale has its own surf boat and guides operating as Samoa Surf Secrets, giving you the expertise of the local area, while there’s room here for most group sizes, from two-person fales to six-person to even a two-storey fale. You can even camp – see The Best Accommodations for Camping in Samoa. Like all fale accommodations, bathrooms are shared but this one has the fun feature of an outdoor lava rock shower. Enjoy your included breakfast and dinner family-style and even stick around for lunch at the accommodation’s very own cafe and bar. If a beach fale sounds like your jam, also check out the 20 BEST Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa.
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6. Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa
Also working closely with Manoa Tours on Upolu, Coconuts Beach Club Resort offers another upscale option to keep both surfers and their families/partners happy. Through the water garden entrance and past the open restaurant, lagoon-style swimming pool and real lagoon beyond are Samoa’s only true overwater bungalows connected by a winding walkway. Alternatively, retreat to dry land in one of the spacious beachfront “fales” (more like a luxurious villa than a fale) with lava rock bathrooms and attractive bamboo furniture. Nestled in the gardens are also the lavish “Royal Villas”, two storeys of luxury complete with in-the-ground bathtubs and an observatory balcony accessed by a spiral staircase. While Coconuts is the most upmarket overwater accommodation, check out alternatives in the 5 Best Overwater Bungalows in Samoa.
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7. Sina PJ Beach Fales and Surf
Like all beach fales, Sina PJ Beach Fales and Surf are pretty basic but the hospitality, authentic Samoan stay and waves that you can paddle to straight from the beach are unmatched. Secluded on a coconut-filled peninsula in Tafitoala village on the south coast, you truly feel away from the world at Sina PJ’s. The local family owners will treat you to real Samoan meals and provide lots of opportunities to discover what village life is like in Samoa. Outside is a black-sand beach suitable for swimming, snorkelling and, of course, surfing if you ask for advice from your hosts. Just down the road is Manoa Tours, should you want to access some breaks by boat. For more village stays like this, check out the 10 Best Village Stays in Samoa.
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8. Lupe’s Beach Fale
Nestled on the same beach as Coconuts Beach Club and Sinalei, Lupe’s Beach Fale offers a much more affordable option at this surfing hotspot. The budget accommodation offers surf packages of accommodation, three meals a day and two surf trips a day. Stay in their fully enclosed beach units with plenty of windows to let the sea breeze in, while a ceiling fan will also keep you cool. Shower facilities are shared, while your unit has its own bathroom and sink. You’ll want to stick around for Sunday when the accommodation puts on its famous Sunday To’onai, a traditional Samoan Sunday lunch which you can learn more about in 10 Best Foodie Experiences on Upolu. As for alternative cheap stays, take a look at the 25 BEST Budget Accommodations in Samoa.
More About Surf Resorts and Lodges in Samoa
That’s it for our guide to the best surf lodges and surf resorts in Samoa. For more about riding waves, check out more of our surf guides:
- 10 Best Surf Operators and Guides in Samoa
- The Best Time to Surf in Samoa
- 10 Best Places to Surf in Samoa
Finally, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect place to stay on the islands, how about starting from scratch with our guide, Where to Stay in Samoa: The 50 Best Accommodations in Samoa?