The Savai’i Nightlife Guide
Your South Pacific getaway doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Despite a reputation of “traditional village life”, Savai’i sure knows how to party. From karaoke to nightclubs to fiafia, Friday and Saturday nights are pretty darn lively! If you don’t fancy dancing into the early hours, Savai’i also happens to be a stunning place to watch the stars, be mesmerised by the sunset and sleep on a paradisical beach in a traditional beach fale. We go over all of your after-dark delights, right here, in the ultimate guide to Savai’i nightlife and things to do at night!
If you need to plan any other aspects of your trip to paradise, also check out The Complete Travel Guide to Savai’i.
5 Things to Do on Savai’i at Night
Before we jump into the complete guide to Savai’i nightlife, here are just a few of the experiences you can enjoy on Savai’i at night!
- Delight in some sundowners or party into the wee hours at Savai’i’s nightclubs and bars
- Join a fiafia night at Le Lagoto Resort or an umu night at Aganoa Lodge or Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge
- Stargaze among some of the world’s clearest skies
- Treat the tastebuds at one of Savai’i’s restaurants
- Watch the sunset and sleep on the beach in a beach fale.
Drinking and Nightlife on Savai’i
Whether you’ve dreamed of partying in paradise or simply prefer to sip your cocktails while watching the sunset, Savai’i has the bar or nightclub to suit. You have a couple of options in Salelologa, while the rest of Savai’i’s nightlife can be found along the Sunshine Coast.
Nightlife in Salelologa
It’s no surprise that Savai’i’s main hub is the place to get a drink and even party into the early hours. On Friday nights, head down to the Harbourside Cafe & Pizza Bar for a fun yet laid-back evening of karaoke. Sit down with some Taula on tap, good food, and, hopefully – depending on the talent, some good tunes complete with disco lights. You never know, by the end of the night you could be on your feet. Friday Karaoke is from 6pm to 10pm. For more on Harbourside’s food, check out The Best Places to Eat on Savai’i.
At the commercial centre on the western side of Salelologa, NightHawk is Savai’i’s official nightclub. It is the most vibing on Friday and Saturday nights but look out on their Facebook page for party nights throughout the week. There’s usually a small cover charge to get into the hall with lights spinning and a local DJ doing their thing. It’s recommended to go as a group; ask your hotel staff if they’re heading there to go with them (don’t worry, it’s not that weird).
Nightlife on the Sunshine Coast (North Coast)
More of Savai’i’s nightlife can be found scattered between the resorts and local bars of Savai’i’s north coast, also known as the Sunshine Coast.
Bayview Resort might be known for its unique lava field location in Saleaula and for its half-n-half open and closed fales (check out the 10 Best Resorts on Savai’i – they’re pretty cool), but its Lava Rock Bar happens to be one of the most popular bars on the island for locals too! Lava Rock is worth the venture on Friday and Saturday nights, usually with live DJs and/or karaoke, so check the “Bayview Accommodations” Facebook page for upcoming events.
For late afternoon/sundowner drinks, you have a couple of excellent options in Fagamalo starting with Hans Poolside Bar. At Le Lagoto Resort, the bar beside the resort’s infinity pool offers a relaxed yet upmarket feel (perhaps to impress that special someone) and outside guests are welcome. Get amazing views of the sunset across the bar’s west-facing beach while sipping on cocktails or Vailima beer. Happy hour is between 4pm and 6pm for 20% off all beers and cocktails. On Fridays, happy hour is extended until 7pm.
Next door and on the lagoon’s edge, you couldn’t be closer to the ocean than Barefoot Bar & Restaurant. The restaurant and bar of the Savaii Lagoon Resort is primarily a restaurant setting but their cocktail, beer and smoothie list just beg for drinks on a lazy afternoon or while watching that stellar sunset. Their highlights are pina colada and local Vailima beer.
Finally, if you really want to party like a local, head to the far-flung northwestern village of Asau (near the gas station) for drinks and local music at Le Laulua Bar. Lounge at the tables with your favourite Samoan beer in a tower, play a game of pool, and by the end of the night, we challenge you not to be dancing! Again, it’s best to go as a group; ask your hotel staff (Va-i-Moana or Vaisala are closest) if they’re heading there to go with them. Look out on the “Melisa Band” Facebook page for upcoming events.
Savai’i Fiafia and Umu Nights
Compared to Upolu, Savai’i’s fiafia nights – cultural shows including a Samoan-style feast – are few and far in between. Some resorts also put on umu nights where food is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked using hot rocks.
Fiafia Nights on Savai’i
Open to resort guests and non-guests alike, Le Lagoto Resort‘s fiafia nights on a Thursday are well worth booking. Indulge in slow-roasted pork, fish and vegetables cooked in an umu, as well as other local delicacies like oka, faiai fe’e, taro and luau (not forgetting some dessert). Then let your food digest while watching traditional and contemporary Polynesian dancing from the local fiafia group!
Le Lagoto Resort’s fiafia nights take place on Thursdays only if there are enough bookings for the event, so be sure to call ahead. Fiafia nights are most likely to go ahead during Samoa’s busier tourist season, between June and September. Learn more about the best time to visit Savai’i in The Best Time to Visit Samoa: A Month-by-Month Guide.
If you miss a fiafia night on Savai’i, there’s plenty of opportunity on Upolu, as listed in the 10 Best Cultural Shows (Fiafia) in Samoa.
Umu Nights on Savai’i
Take the food minus the dancing and you have an umu night! Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge puts on an umu demonstration on a Friday night if they have sufficient guests staying with them (be sure to enquire ahead of time). Non-guests are welcome too if they book ahead. Alternatively, guests at Aganoa Lodge are treated to locally-inspired cuisine throughout their stay, including the “umu night” which is often a highlight of the meal plan.
For more food-related adventures, check out The Food Guide to Savai’i: Places to Eat & Food Tours.
More About Nightlife on Savai’i
That’s it for our complete guide to Savai’i nightlife, but if you’re looking for more things to do on Savai’i at night, take a look at some of our dining recommendations and other related articles:
- The Best Places to Eat on Savai’i: 10 Best Restaurants on Savai’i
- The Best Spots for Stargazing in Samoa
- 10 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Samoa
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Ultimate Guide to Samoa Nightlife.