How Long Does it Take to Sail to Samoa?
How Long Does it Take to Sail to Samoa?

How Long Does it Take to Sail to Samoa?

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Sailing Times and Distances for Samoa

Sailing across the South Pacific? See if the towering volcanic islands of Samoa can be added to your itinerary with this list of sailing times and distances! Whether you’re just passing through on the Transpacific journey or want to discover the small archipelago of Samoa scattered across the deep blue ocean, we cover all scenarios in this sailing times guide.

About Sailing to Samoa

Samoa only has one official port of entry: Apia on the island of Upolu.

All yachts arriving in Samoa from overseas must submit advanced notice and a Master’s Declaration Form declaring biosecurity risk items on board at least 48 hours prior to their ETA. Visitors get a free 90-day visa upon entry into Samoa.

Yachts are required to clear out at Apia before leaving Samoa.

Check out Sailing Guide to Samoa: Tips for Yachting for more details on each of these points and more.

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Sailing Times and Distances in the South Pacific to Samoa

The South Pacific is a popular sailing destination with sails between island nations taking less than a week. Samoa is at the centre of the Transpacific voyage, between Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji, Tonga, American Samoa and Niue.

So how long does it take to sail to Samoa from Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and more? Check out the below distance and time calculations. Note that all of the below times and distances are calculated when the vessel is doing an average speed of 10 knots.

  • American Samoa to Samoa: 69 nautical miles / 7 hours
  • Tokelau to Samoa: 283 nautical miles / 1 day 4 hours
  • Niue to Samoa: 340 nautical miles / 1 day 10 hours
  • Wallis and Futuna to Samoa: 381 nautical miles / 1 day 14 hours
  • Tonga to Samoa: 512 nautical miles / 2 days 3 hours
  • French Polynesia to Samoa: 512 nautical miles / 2 days 3 hours
  • Tuvalu to Samoa: 623 nautical miles / 2 days 14 hours
  • Fiji to Samoa: 665 nautical miles / 2 days 19 hours
  • Cook Islands to Samoa: 840 nautical miles / 3 days 11 hours
  • Vanuatu to Samoa: 1,175 nautical miles / 4 days 21 hours
  • Kiribati to Samoa: 1,363 nautical miles / 5 days 16 hours
  • New Caledonia to Samoa: 1,361 nautical miles / 5 days 16 hours
  • Nauru to Samoa: 1,493 nautical miles / 6 days 5 hours
  • New Zealand to Samoa: 1,583 nautical miles / 6 days 14 hours
  • Solomon Islands to Samoa: 1,692 nautical miles / 7 days 1 hour
  • Australia to Samoa: 2,357 nautical miles / 9 days 20 hours
  • Papua New Guinea to Samoa: 2,520 nautical miles / 10 days 12 hours.
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Sailing Times and Distances from the Pacific Rim to Samoa

For the adventurous sailor, getting to Samoa from other Pacific Rim countries/regions will take you less than a month. That’s whether you’re sailing from Asia or the Americas.

Note that all of the below times and distances are calculated when the vessel is doing an average speed of 10 knots.

  • Hawaii to Samoa: 2,262 nautical miles / 9 days 10 hours
  • Indonesia to Samoa: 3,729 nautical miles / 15 days 13 hours
  • Mexico to Samoa: 4,140 nautical miles / 17 days 6 hours
  • Los Angeles to Samoa: 4,184 nautical miles / 17 days 10 hours
  • The Philippines to Samoa: 4,172 nautical miles / 17 days 09 hours
  • Hong Kong to Samoa: 4,867 nautical miles / 20 days 7 hours
  • Singapore to Samoa: 5,281 nautical miles / 22 days
  • Chile to Samoa: 5,697 nautical miles / 23 days 18 hours.

More About Sailing and Travel Times in Samoa

That’s it for our guide to the sailing times and how long it takes to sail to Samoa. Find out more about sailing to Samoa, as well as more travel times and distances, in the guides below:

Finally, plan your trip to Samoa with ease using The Best Samoa Travel Guide and get tips from the 30 Tips for Travelling in Samoa.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Samoa Tourism Authority, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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