How Expensive is Samoa?
Want to go on holiday but perhaps don’t want to fork out all of your life savings for it? We hear you! Due to its remote location in the South Pacific, Samoa isn’t the cheapest country to get to (unless you’re coming from Australia or New Zealand). Once you’ve landed in this tropical paradise, however, is the rest of your trip going to be a money drain? Is Samoa expensive? Well, it’s all a matter of perspective, which we’ll explore in this complete guide to Samoa’s expensiveness or, as is more likely to be the case, cheapness!
Samoa (Samoan Tala) Exchange Rates
One way to determine how expensive Samoa is compared to your home country is to compare the exchange of its currency and yours. Samoa’s currency is Samoan Tala, which is quite advantageous when compared to the New Zealand, Australian, US or Canadian Dollar.
Exchange rates typically fluctuate, but the average Samoan exchange rates are as follows:
- New Zealand Dollar: 0.60
- Australian Dollar: 0.55
- US Dollar: 0.37
- Canadian Dollar: 0.50
- Euro: 0.34
- Fijian Dollar: 0.83
- Tongan Pa’anga: 0.88
- CFP Franc: 40.78
- Philippine Peso: 20.79
- British Pound: 0.30
- Indian Rupee: 30.74
- Japanese Yen: 50.27
- Hong Kong Dollar: 2.94
- Singapore Dollar: 0.49
Is Samoa More Expensive Than…
Whether Samoa is considered “expensive” depends on where you are comparing the cost of holidaying and living. Here’s our take on how expensive Samoa is compared to other countries around the world (and where most visitors are coming from/likely to consider visiting).
Is Samoa More Expensive than New Zealand?
No, Samoa is not more expensive than New Zealand. Local food is much cheaper than in New Zealand but imported brands from New Zealand, Australia and the US are more expensive. Holiday accommodation costs in Samoa are on par with New Zealand, as is fuel. What’s more, locally run tours and public transport are cheaper than in New Zealand.
Is Samoa More Expensive than Australia?
No, Samoa is not more expensive than Australia. Local food, public transport and locally run tours are cheaper in Samoa than they are in Australia. The cost of holiday accommodation and fuel, for example, are similar to Australia. However, imported Western food items are more expensive in Samoa than they are in Australia.
Is Samoa More Expensive than the US?
No, Samoa is not more expensive than the US. Local food, public transport and locally run tours are cheaper in Samoa than they are in the US. The cost of holiday accommodation in Samoa is similar to the US, although, you’re more likely to receive a higher service and arguably more bang for your buck in the US.
On the other hand, fuel and US brands such as food imports and other goods are cheaper in the US than in Samoa. For example, the one McDonald’s in Samoa is certainly more expensive than in the USA and a can of Coke costs ST$2.50-$3, for example. Finally, services like WiFi almost always have a fee in Samoa, while this can usually be found for free in the US.
Is Samoa More Expensive than Hawaii?
No, Samoa is not more expensive than Hawaii. Vacationing in Hawaii is notoriously much more expensive than in Samoa right across the board, from accommodation to food.
Is Samoa More Expensive than Fiji?
No, Samoa is not more expensive than Fiji. While cost-of-life items like food have similar costs, resort and transport costs are more expensive in Fiji than in Samoa. That said, Fiji‘s standard of service is higher in their tourism sector, so you get more bang for your buck in that sense.
Is Samoa More Expensive than Europe?
No, Samoa is not more expensive than Europe. Local food, public transport and locally run tours are cheaper in Samoa than they are in Europe. The cost of holiday accommodation in Samoa is similar to Europe, although you’re more likely to receive a higher service in Europe depending on the destination.
Typical Costs in Samoa
One of the best ways to judge whether you think Samoa is expensive is to look at the typical cost of food, accommodation, transport and communications, such as WiFi. We cover all of the typical costs in our price guides, so be sure to browse the following:
- Samoa Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost?
- The Cost of Food in Samoa: Restaurant & Grocery Prices
- How Much Spending Money Do You Need for Samoa?
You can also check out the 20 Tips to Save Money in Samoa for ways to keep the costs to a minimum.
Frequently Asked Questions About How Expensive Samoa is
Let’s go over the most asked questions about how expensive Samoa is. You never know, you might get your question answered!
Is Samoa Expensive to Visit?
Samoa is cheaper to visit than many nearby destinations in the Pacific, including New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji and Tahiti (French Polynesia). However, it is not as cheap as Southeast Asia.
Is Samoa Cheaper than the Cook Islands?
Samoa is certainly cheaper than the Cook Islands, as local food and budget accommodations are easy to come by in Samoa than in the Cook Islands.
More About How Expensive is Samoa
That’s it for our guide answering the question: Is Samoa expensive? If you need more advice concerning budget, however, just take a look at the following guides:
- The Backpacking & Budget Travel Guide to Samoa
- What is the Best Way to Pay in Samoa?
- How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost?