Samoa self-drive inc Upolu and Savaii

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Duration (in days): 8

From: Upolu

To: Upolu

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This 8 day Samoa itinerary takes you on a self-drive adventure through the beautiful islands of Upolu and Savaii. The Samoans appreciate the laidback lifestyle, so you'll find this an ideal destination to chill out and escape!

The white sand beaches and clear waters host corals and other marine life making this a beautiful place to swim and snorkel amongst warm waters. A beautiful coastline isn't Samoa's only attraction. You can wander through lush rainforests, encounter plunging waterfalls, appreciate panoramic views from rugged sea cliffs or explore the volcanic landscape - there's plenty to see and do on these remote and virtually untouched islands.

  • Explore the stunning island of Savaii
  • See the dramatic Alofaaga blow holes at Taga
  • Take a refreshing dip in the Afu A’au waterfalls
  • Swim in the magnificent To Sua Ocean Trench
  • Meet the locals at Saletoga market




Days 1: Arrive Upolu Island

You will be greeted on arrival into Upolu by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is yours at leisure to relax and settle in.

Day 2: Savaii Island

After breakfast at the hotel you will go to pick up your rental vehicle. Once you have your car it’s time to drive to Mulifanua Wharf for your 12pm crossing to Savaii Island.

Savaii is the biggest island in Samoa and is Upolu’s quieter cousin! The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the island - why not take a look at the stunning white sand beaches or journey to the Afu A’au waterfalls and take a refreshing dip?

Tonight you will stay on Savaii.

Day 3 & 4: Savaii Island

If you already enjoyed Upolu Island's laid-back vibe, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find Savaii is even more laid back!

Spend the next two days exploring the island; visit the Alofaaga blow holes at Taga, the white sandy beaches in Manase and the market in Saletoga to experience true island life with the locals.

Day 5: Depart Savaii Island

After breakfast you will drive to Saletoga Wharf to catch the 12pm ferry back to Upolu Island.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and settle in.

Day 6 & 7: Upolu Island

There are many different places to explore on the eclectic island of Upolu. A visit to the much-photographed ‘To Sua Ocean Trench’ is a must-see; it's a stunning landmark made up of two limestone sinkholes with rock walls. At the bottom is an aquamarine pool accessible by a long ladder. Jump right in!

Day 8: Depart Upolu

Your Samoan adventure is reaching the end. After breakfast at the hotel you will check out and drive your rental car to the airport in time for your departure flight.


The best time to visit Samoa is between May and October during dry season. This is also when many major Samoan festivals are held. During the wet season from November to April the islands can be very wet and are prone to the odd tropical cyclone. December and January is peak time in Samoa with many Australians and New Zealanders heading there over the holiday period. The average annual temperature in coastal areas is around 26 degrees.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made to give you an idea of just some of what is possible; this means we can adjust as necessary to completely suit your needs!  Let your travel consultant know how long you plan to spend away, what you like to do, what properties you like to stay in and an idea of your budget and we will do the rest!

What's included: 

  • Meet & greet
  • Arrival transfer
  • Return ferry crossing to Savaii
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 full days car rental – Hyundai Tuscon ix35
  • 7 x breakfasts

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Day tours
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities


7 nights’ accommodation in basic standard category accommodation. Accommodation in the category includes:

The Samoa Outrigger Hotel, Upolu

Stevenson’s at Manase, Savaii


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