Just Be Aware
Samoa was driving on the right hand side of the road until September 2009. The Samoan Government decided to change it to the left hand side due to many vehicles being imported from New Zealand and Australia. There are still left hand drive vehicles in the country, however slowly being shifted out with right hand drive vehicles. Due to this you will often find people driving slow as they cannot see the road ahead. Be patient, remember you are on holiday and in no rush.
Ferry Travel to Savaii
We highly recommend advanced bookings for ferry travel to the big Island of Savaii if you are taking a rental car with you. It's the only way the local people use to get to and from the big island and as such it's very full. Confirm with us your travel itinerary and we can make advanced booking on your behalf.
Samoa is 13 hours ahead of GMT, same day as New Zealand and Australia.
Traveling around Samoa
When Traveling around Samoa please be aware that it is common courtesy to ask permission from the village people before going for a swim or taking photos unless it is an existing tourist location. It is also common courtesy not to walk in front of people sitting down but should you have no other option say excuse me as you walk past with a slight bow forward. Samoan is the preferred spoken language however English is understood and spoken by the majority when spoken to in English. Standard dress code is casual and beach wear is acceptable on the beaches and pool side, but not in town. Nudity is not an acceptable practice. Samoans are church going people and value their Sundays as a day of rest so if you should be driving around on a Sunday please respect the locals rest day and visit only the beach resorts and local swimming areas.
Tipping is not encouraged but should you feel the need to, by all means, make His or Her day.
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Some commonly spoken words:
Hello - Talofa (tah low fah)
Goodbye - Tofa (toe fah)
Thank you - Fa'afetai ( fah ah fe tie)
Please - Fa'amolemole (fah ah mow le mow le)
Excuse me - Tulou (too low)
Come - Sau (sah ooh)
Go - Alu (ah lou)
Toilet - faleuila (fah le we la)
Bathroom - Faletaele (fah le ta elle)
Love - Alofa (ah low fah)
You - Oe (O eh)
Me/ I - o au (O hah ooh)
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Reviewed June 7, 2011
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I took my wife to Samoa on holiday to celebrate our wedding anniversary and booked our stay at La Manumea just by chance from reading reviews other people had left on Trip Advisor.
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