5 reasons why Samoa should be your next cycling holiday September 12, 2019 SAMOA HOLIDAYS 5 reasons to cycle around Samoa on your next holiday Samoa. It can feel like the last undiscovered paradise on earth. Crisp, clean white sands, crystal blue waters and gentle palms await the adventurous. Due to a lack of direct flight paths, this paradise is only open to Australians and New Zealanders. For now…. Beaches Water Cycling Culture Flights SAMOA 5 Reasons to Cycle Around Samoa on Your Next Holiday Samoa. It can feel like the last undiscovered paradise on earth. Crisp, clean white sands, crystal blue waters and gentle palms await the adventurous. Due to a lack of direct flight paths, this paradise is only open to Australians and New Zealanders. For now…. Beaches Water Cycling Culture Flights Beaches Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Sunsets: Falealupo Beach. Located on the Western most point of Savai’i, Falealupo looks out to the best sunset on the planet. Only a few fales and the odd stray cow fill this remote beach. Put a beer on ice, sit back and enjoy the greatest show on earth. Snorkelling: There are so many great snorkeling spots in Samoa, that it’s always worth having a mask nearby. Drift snorkel at Satuiatua through the new marine reserve, or see Giant clams at Savaia. For beginners, Falealupo has lots of coral hiding a wide range of fish. Surfing Waves can break onto reefs and currents can be harsh, so make sure you speak to locals about current conditions before going out. Good places to start are Aganoa black sands beach in Savai’i. You’ll need local access via beach roads and even boats to other breaks. See Manoa Tours for more. Escaping: It’s not easy to compare one against another and conclude that paradise is better than utopia. You really can’t go wrong. Subtle differences include lack of people. Highlights are Manase, Falealupo and Matareva. If you want to be completely alone, discover Nuusafee island. Water Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Swimming Hole arguably the best swimming pool on the planet, To Sua Ocean Trench. This 30m deep trench is refreshed via a small cave leading to the ocean (do NOT swim through). A sturdy wooden ladder takes you to a small platform to dive from. Worth coming to Samo just for this swim. Waterfalls. There’s something a bit special about swimming in the throws of a waterfall. It’s somehow peaceful and exciting at the same time. My favourite spots are Togitogiga on Upolu and Afu Aau waterfall in Savai’i Scuba Diving is worth booking in advance. There’s a few places in Apia yia you can book with, and only one in Savai’i. We’d recommend Dive Savai’i in Manase on the north coast for great diving and snorkeling adventures. Marine Life Aleipata Islands. The easiest access is to Namua Island, where there is a remote Fale resort. From the summit there are great views of petrels, tropic birds and sometimes frigate birds as well as fruit bats. We often see dolphins in the bay and in September October occasional whales. Cycling Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Cycling a full lap of Savai’i is an incredible way to discover the island. Mostly paved, except near Falealupo, this gentle ride has enough challenge to be interesting, but not enough to scare the beginner rider. Days are from 20km to 50km and there’s never a rock pool or a beach far away! If you like hills then there some mild slopes in Savai’i. But what you’ll want to have a crack at is Apia to the south coast of Upolu, via Fuipisia waterfall. It’s only up to 298m, but from sea level and over 5km for the climb. Flat ride via rock pools the first day of the Social Cycles cycling holiday is a mild 20km along the flattest part of the island (Salelologa to Lano) in Savai’i. Totally flat and with a rockpool on the way for a quick dip with the locals to cool you down. Where to avoid and why We’d advise to stay away from Apia. Especially between the airport and Apia (which is a massive 30km away!). The road does not have much of a shoulder, there’s not too much to see and there’s a few buses that can go passed pretty fast. Culture Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Churches Samoa is a deeply religious country and as such, has a huge variety of Christian churches (in almost every village). You’ll hear them bursting in song every Sunday, as all other shops and venues are closed. Women’s Empowerment has a long way to go in Samoa, but we’re proud to connect with local organizations who are working in this space. In particular, Social Cycles is proud to learn from Brown Girl Woke and Women In Business Dev Inc. Agriculture. Imagine being so geographically isolated from the rest of the world! Samoa has learnt to become reliable on what it can grow- think cocoa, coconuts, bananas, taro, yams and coffee. The SC tours spend time with cocoa and coconut growing families to learn more. Climate Change affects the whole planet, but tiny pacific nations like Samoa are feeling the full brunt of it. With an increase in tornadoes and cyclones, it’s becoming far too common to seek higher ground. Our rides engage with experts working in this space to learn more. Flights Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Australia and New Zealand: Direct flights are available from Sydney and Brisbane, but they’re not daily, so you’ll need to check and make sure you’ve arrived for the start of the tour. Flight times from Sydney and Brisbane are around 5 hours. Price range varies from A$600 to $1100 return, depending on the time of year and how far advance you book. NEW ZEALAND: Direct flights from Auckland take about 4 hours and can cost anywhere from NZ$400 to $700. UK and Europe there’s a range of options and prices. It’s a bit of an epic journey and probably best combined as part of a larger travel experience. You’ll fly via either Hong Kong, LA or Doha, depending on who you fly with. When you’re coming that far, you can almost fly via anywhere. Australia could be a good option too. The Americas Easiest to fly via Honolulu, but the 5 hour direct flights are only once a week and on a Friday. Other than Honolulu, you’d fly via Auckland or Fiji. Unless you came all the way to Australia first. China and Asia. Currently, you’d need to fly to Australia or NZ first. Rumour has it though, that there will soon be a direct flight to Asia from Beijing. This will not only open up the Asian market, but make it a lot easier for Europe and Americas too, as they would not need to fly to Australia or NZ first. More information about Samoa Samoa Holiday Cycling Information Read More » Travel Calendar Read More » Samoa cycling holiday Read More » Send me the Samoa itinerary Name Email Please send me the itinerary! Your privacy is safe. We do not use emails for spam. Share this adventure Share on facebook Facebook Share on whatsapp WhatsApp Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on google Google+ Share on stumbleupon StumbleUpon Share on email Email Got a question? 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