Samoa Travel Times & Distances: How Long Does it Take to Travel Around Samoa?
Samoa Travel Times & Distances: How Long Does it Take to Travel Around Samoa?

Samoa Travel Times & Distances: How Long Does it Take to Travel Around Samoa?

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How Long Does it Take to Travel Around Samoa?

Whether you’re searching for how long it takes to travel on each of the islands of Samoa or how long it takes to travel between the islands, this guide to Samoa’s travel times and distances will tackle both! Find out how long it takes to travel around Samoa in this guide.

Samoa? Oh no, maybe you should check out Where is Samoa Located? to get started.

How to Get Around Samoa

Interisland travel in Samoa is possible through various forms of boat transport, between frequent ferries going back and forth between Upolu and Savai’i, as well as on-demand boat transport between Upolu and some of the smaller islands such as Manono and Apolima. As for exploring the islands themselves, Upolu and Savai’i have options for vehicle rentals, taxis with day hires possible, guided tours and local buses.

Find out more about how to travel around Samoa in our Samoa Transport Guide.

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Travel Times On/From Upolu

Upolu is the main island of Samoa and the island where most visitors arrive in the country – see Which Airlines Fly Directly to Samoa? for how long it takes to get there.

You can travel around the island via rental car, rental scooter, public bus, taxi, bicycle and more. Check out the Upolu Transport Guide: 11 Ways to Get to (& Around) Upolu for all of the transport options.

How Long Does it Take to Drive Around Upolu?

It takes approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes to drive around Upolu’s coastal roads which are approximately 185 km (115 mi) combined. With three roads crossing through the island, however, it’s possible to make travel times much shorter.

Driving Times from Apia to:

(Kilometres / Miles / Minutes)

  • Faleapuna (Piula Cave Pool) – 24 km / 15 mi / 36 mins
  • Faleolo Airport – 30 km / 19 mi / 45 mins
  • Mulifanua Wharf – 34 km / 21 mi / 50 mins
  • Lefaga (Return to Paradise) – 37 km / 23 mi / 55 mins
  • Maninoa (Sinalei, Coconuts) – 24 km / 15 mi / 35 mins
  • Lotofoga (To Sua Trench) – 48 km / 30 mi / 1 h 5 mins
  • Lalomanu – 62 km / 39 mi / 1 h 21 mins.

Driving Times from Faleolo Airport to:

(Kilometres / Miles / Minutes)

  • Apia – 30 km / 19 mi / 45 mins
  • Mulifanua Wharf – 4 km / 2 mi / 4 mins
  • Lefaga (Return to Paradise) – 24 km / 15 mi / 32 mins
  • Maninoa (Sinalei, Coconuts) – 39 km / 24 mi / 48 mins
  • Lotofoga (To Sua Trench) – 66 km / 41 mi / 1 h 20 mins
  • Faleapuna (Piula Cave Pool) – 54 km / 34 mi / 1 h 19 mins
  • Lalomanu – 80 km / 49 mi / 1 h 39 mins.

Driving Times from Lalomanu to:

(Kilometres / Miles / Minutes)

  • Apia – 62 km / 39 mi / 1 h 21 mins
  • Faleolo Airport – 80 km / 49 mi / 1 h 39 mins
  • Mulifanua Wharf – 83 km / 52 mi / 1 h 43 mins
  • Maninoa (Sinalei, Coconuts) – 41 km / 26 mi / 54 mins
  • Lotofoga (To Sua Trench) – 14 km / 9 mi / 19 mins
  • Faleapuna (Piula Cave Pool) – 38 km / 24 mi / 46 mins
  • Lefaga (Return to Paradise) – 63 km / 39 mi / 1 h 20 mins.

See driving times from more destinations listed in Upolu Travel Times & Distances: How Long Does it Take to Travel Upolu? Plus, see these destinations as cycling times in The Cycling Times & Distances in Samoa.

Boat Times from Upolu to:

Find out more about travelling by boat in Samoa Ferry Guide: How to Use the Ferry for Interisland Travel in Samoa.

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Travel Times On/From Savai’i

Savai’i is the second-most visited island in Samoa, mostly travelled to via ferry from Upolu. Car rental, scooter rental, bicycle hire, guided tours and taxi services are some of the ways to explore the island, as rentals can also be brought to Savai’i on the ferry from Upolu.

Find out more about your transport options in the Savai’i Transport Guide: 9 Ways to Get to (& Around) Savai’i.

How Long Does it Take to Drive Around Savai’i?

It takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to drive around Savai’i, covering around 176 km (109 mi). Although it’s shorter to drive around the perimeter of Savai’i than it is on Upolu, note that there are no roads crossing the island on Savai’i, which significantly increases your travel times here.

Driving Times from Salelologa to:

(Kilometres / Miles / Minutes)

  • Faga (Amoa Resort) – 13 km / 8 mi / 19 mins
  • Manase (Stevensons) – 51 km / 32 mi / 1 h 5 mins
  • Palauli (Afu Aau, Siapo) – 13 km / 8 mi / 16 mins
  • Taga (Alofaaga Blowholes) – 38 km / 24 mi / 44 mins
  • Falealupo – 88.3 km / 55 mi / 1 h 50 mins
  • Asau (Va-i-Moana) – 88 km / 55 mi / 1 h 51 mins.

Driving Times from Manase to:

(Kilometres / Miles / Minutes)

  • Salelologa Wharf – 51 km / 32 mi / 1 h 5 mins
  • Faga (Amoa Resort) – 38 km / 24 mi / 44 mins
  • Palauli (Afu Aau, Siapo) – 61 km / 38 mi / 1 h 13 mins
  • Taga (Alofaaga Blowholes) – 86 km / 53 mi / 1 h 40 mins
  • Falealupo – 57 km / 36 mi / 1 h 18 mins
  • Asau (Va-i-Moana) – 37 km / 23 mi / 47 mins.

See more driving times and destinations listed in Savai’i Travel Times & Distances: How Long Does it Take to Travel Savai’i? Plus, see these destinations as cycling times in The Cycling Times & Distances in Samoa.

Boat Times from Savai’i to:

  • Upolu  – 22 km / 13 mi / 60-90 minutes.

Find out more about travelling by boat in Samoa Ferry Guide: How to Use the Ferry for Interisland Travel in Samoa.

More About Samoa Travel Times and How Long it Takes to Travel Around Samoa

That’s it for our guide to the Samoa travel times and distances. Now that you know how long it takes to travel around Samoa, see more travel times in the following articles:

Finally, plan the rest of your adventure using The Best Samoa Travel Guide and 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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