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Natalia Kovacs, Goway’s Island Specialist, returned from a FAM trip to Samoa. She visited both islands of Samoa: Upolu and Savai’i, seeing a variety of accommodations, embarking on various day tours, and learning about this unique culture. Here, Natalia shares her experience, expert tips, and what makes Samoa so special.
How do you get to Samoa?
Samoa’s international airport is in Apia, located on Upolu Island. Air New Zealand offers direct flights between Los Angeles and Auckland with connections on to Apia. Fiji Airways offers direct flights between Los Angeles and Nadi with connections on to Apia. I have also heard rumours that a direct flight from Los Angeles to Apia is a very good possibility in the near future!
What were some activities you did in Samoa?
We did a lot of activities during my stay – here are my highlights!
What was your favourite experience?
One of the highlights for me was a visit to The Lupesina Treesort, where you can stay in an authentic, luxury tree house. We stopped here for morning coffee and the best chocolate cake in the world! Located in the cool and quiet hills, you are rewarded with the most spectacular views of the south coast.
What is your advice for agents selling the Samoa to their clients?
Most resorts in Samoa are small, ranging from budget to deluxe, but each property has unique characteristics. The accommodation here caters to couples (some properties are adults-only) as well as families. Many resorts do not have TV, phone, or in-room internet access, so it’s important to discuss and find the right accommodation option for clients. Depending on flight schedule and connection times, I would recommend a stopover for a few nights in Fiji or Auckland. It would help break up the journey and offer clients the opportunity to visit another destination.
What type of client would suit this destination?
Samoa is suitable for all travellers: backpackers, couples, honeymooners, or families. For vacationers who want to unwind and relax among pristine beaches, it’s a perfect choice. It’s also a great destination for travellers who love the outdoors. There are numerous hikes, plus lots of water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking. Samoa is not a destination where you will find a lot of nightlife (it’s pretty quiet).
How do you compare Samoa against another South Pacific island?
Samoa is extremely relaxed and quiet in comparison to some of the other South Pacific islands. It is an idyllic destination for clients looking to experience authentic Polynesian culture. Samoans are fiercely proud of their culture and way of life. Samoa is a perfect place to get away and disconnect from today’s busy world. It is a safe destination and people are very friendly and so welcoming. It’s refreshing to see that paradise and a slower pace of life do exist.
On a final note, did you know…. lying just east of the International Date Line, Samoa has the last sunset in the world! Fa’afetai which means, Thank you!
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