Daily Spending Budget and Expenses for Samoa
Once your accommodation and flights are booked for Samoa, the remaining budget for your holiday is determined by expenses such as food, activities, transport and miscellaneous costs like WiFi and perhaps credit card fees. In this guide on how much spending money you need for Samoa, we give recommended daily budgets depending on what type of holiday you’re having: budget, mid-range or luxury. This is just a ballpark figure, however, so we encourage you to look at the prices listed in our Samoa Cost Guide so you can make your own personal budget for Samoa.
Average Daily Spending Budget for Samoa
Here are a few averages for a daily budget for Samoa. These include food, activities, transport and miscellaneous expenses. Each price is per person per day.
- Budget daily budget: ST$180
- Mid-range daily budget: ST$370
- Luxury daily budget: ST$510+
We break down the budgets further in the Samoa spending expenses guide below!
Note that those staying in beach fales may have to factor accommodation costs into their spending budgets, as beach fales are often difficult to book/pay for prior to arrival, unlike resorts. See accommodation costs in Samoa Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost?
How Much Money Do You Need for Food and Drink in Samoa?
Daily budget for food and drink for the:
- Budget traveller: ST$20
- Mid-range traveller: ST$70
- Luxury traveller: ST$100+
We all have our preferences when it comes to food, especially when it comes to eating when travelling. Some of us will be splurging on cocktails every night, while others will be opting for beach fales where breakfast and dinner are included.
Get a better idea of your personal food budget by using the list of typical food prices listed in The Cost of Food in Samoa: Restaurant & Grocery Prices.
The above food budgets take into account the following criteria:
Budget traveller: Mostly stays at beach fales where breakfast and dinner are included, so only lunch needs to be accounted for, which can include a mix of the occasional cheap eats and snacks from a local convenience store.
Mid-range traveller: Breakfast is likely to be included in the resort, so takes into consideration restaurant costs for lunch and dinner each day, as well as a couple of drinks per day.
Luxury traveller: Breakfast is likely to be included at the resort but will eat out at restaurants for lunch and dinner, choosing meals from the higher end of the price scale, and including at least three drinks a day.
How Much Money Do You Need for Activities in Samoa?
Daily budget for activities for the:
- Budget traveller: ST$50
- Mid-range traveller: ST$100
- Luxury traveller: ST$150+
Again, you will find a great difference in the budget from traveller to traveller when it comes to activities. However, with all types of travellers usually opting to visit natural attractions, like waterfalls, beaches and caves, even the mid-range traveller will find that they have a reasonable activities budget if they mix in some paid and non-paid activities into their itinerary. Of course, there’s always an excuse to splurge on big activities, such as fishing and scuba diving several times during your holiday!
See a complete list of activity prices in How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost?
The above activities budget takes into account the following criteria:
Luxury traveller: Does paid activities most days, including a spa treatment, fishing charter, scuba dive and guided sightseeing tours which typically have natural attraction entry fees included in the tour.
How Much Do You Need for Transport in Samoa?
Daily budget for transport for the:
- Budget traveller – ST$100
- Mid-range traveller – ST$180
- Luxury traveller – ST$210+
Your travel budget for transport depends on what transport you use. Frugal travellers will find that they probably spend no more than ST$100 per day when hiring a scooter and taking into account fuel costs and the Temporary Driver’s License fee, while those renting a more premium vehicle like an SUV or hiring a taxi driver for the day could be paying ST$180 a day, before the cost of transport it on the ferry, which is an extra ST$80-$100 each way.
Again, refer to the prices listed in How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost? for a rough idea of transport costs. Otherwise, we have full budget breakdowns in the following guides:
- The Cost of Renting a Car in Samoa
- Scooter Hire in Samoa: Where to Rent, Cost & More
- Taxis in Samoa: Taxi Fares, How to Use & More
- Taking the Bus in Samoa: Bus Fares, Routes & More
- The Cheapest Airport Transfers in Samoa
- How Much Do Ferries Cost in Samoa?
Any other transport methods can be found in Samoa Transport Guide: 14 Best Ways to Get Around Samoa.
The above transport budget takes into account the following criteria:
Daily budget for miscellaneous expenses for the:
- Budget traveller – ST$10
- Mid-range traveller – ST$20
- Luxury traveller – ST$50+
Finally, it’s always worth having a little bit extra in your daily spending budget for Samoa in case you have costs for WiFi, a travellers phone SIM, laundry or tipping. While tipping is not mandatory in Samoa, those staying in luxury accommodations might be inclined to tip – see Samoa Tipping & Tax Guide for Travellers. There are also likely to be odd expenses such as ATM withdrawal fees to also take into consideration.
Again, check out some of these miscellaneous costs in How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost?
More About How Much Spending Money You Need for Samoa
That’s it for the guide to how much spending money to take to Samoa but by no means the end of our Samoa budget advice! Check out the following guides for more tips:
Finally, learn more about travelling Samoa on a budget in The Complete Backpacking & Budget Guide to Samoa.