People throw around the word ‘paradise’ a lot, but there’s no other way to describe Samoa. Brimming with heavenly beaches, steamy jungles and mesmerising waterfalls, this far-flung, gem of an island ticks all the boxes. Our Samoa tours offer a balanced mix of R&R and adventure. There’ll be heaps of time for lolling about on a beach towel and sipping coconuts (or cocktails), but you’ll also visit local villages to learn about Samoan culture, feast on traditional food at a fiafia night, and bathe in the favourite swimming spots of past Samoan warriors. There’s no doubt you’ll be in love with fa'a Samoa, or ‘The Samoan Way’, by the end of your trip.
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Absolutely. All people travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of healthcare around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please visit our Travel Insurance hub.
For the best weather, we recommend visiting Samoa during the dry season as this is when you'll experience the beaches and vibrant Samoan culture in their full glory. That said, Samoa's dry season coincides with the peak tourist season, so if you're looking for a quieter, more relaxing experience, you might be better off travelling in the shoulder months of May and October when things are still heating up. Travelling in the wet season (November to April) isn't off the cards, but you'll have to be prepared for higher temperatures, humidity and rainfall, and maybe even the occasional cyclone or typhoon.
Samoa boasts warm, tropical weather all year round. Add that to the fact you'll probably spend most of your time relaxing on pristine beaches or in stunning lagoons, you don't really need to pack much! Light, summery clothing, swimwear, sun protective gear and thongs are essential. As are a pair of runners or hiking boots if you intend on walking or cycling along the coast. Here are the essential items to pack for Samoa:
The tālā is the currency used in Samoa. The prices below are shown in USD for ease of comparison:
Tipping isn't expected in Samoa, but if you're particularly happy with a service and you'd like to show your appreciation, a tip will be very welcomed.
There are no visa requirements for Samoa if you're visiting solely for tourism or recreation purposes, however, all travellers aged 12 and over will need to pay a departure tax of ST $40. Nationals from one of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area can enter Samoa visa-free for up to 90 days, while all other foreign nationals can stay for up to 60 days. You will be issued a free visitor permit by an Immigration officer when you arrive at Faleolo International Airport (APW).
Located in the central South Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the options of getting to Samoa align with its far-flung tropical island aesthetic. The only way to get there – unless you're travelling on a cruise or a private boat – is to fly. Faleolo International Airport (APW) is Samoa's main airport, located around 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the capital city of Apia on Upolu. There are direct flights to Faleolo every week from Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Fiji and American Samoa with airlines including Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Samoa Airways and Fiji Airways, as well as indirect flights from Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth via Nadi in Fiji.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.