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09 Nights / 10 Days
Apia
Savai'i

This is our most popular tour and a great way to experience Savaii and traditional Polynesian culture while staying at great beaches.

While the trip is designed as a cycle tour, it is also suitable for non-riders who can travel in the support van.

Day 01: Arrival Faleolo (Apia)
At Faleolo (Apia) Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Savaii
After getting your bike fitted, ride the 3kms to the ferry terminal. The crossing takes a little over an hour and then it is a 19km ride to Lano. The road meanders beside the lagoon and is a delightful introduction to village life. Your arms will get tired from waving to the kids and calling out “bye-bye” as you pass. Along the way there are several good swimming spots on beaches and in fresh water pools.

Day 03: Ride to Manase
Look forward to a 32km ride on mostly flat roads. The middle section of the ride is through a jungle corridor before winding over the lava fields. There is time to inspect the LMS church with a metre of lava on the floor from the 1905 eruption. Relax at the Manase fales, where again the water laps within a few metres of your feet.  

Day 04: Over the hill
This is the big ride day. Although it is only 40kms to Vaisala, the 500 metres of climb can get a bit warm, so start early. If you stay with the van there is no compulsion to ride the hills, just throw your bike in the van and enjoy the company of your support crew. 

The ride starts with a gentle meander through seaside villages before gradually heading inland and climbing through forest to avoid the lava cliffs. There are now two lava tube cave tour locations along the way offering the opportunity to see the swiftlets pretending to be bats as they echo-locate to their nests as well as a chance to admire the geology of the caves.  The road climbs steadily to 200m  before heading across the lava fields in a series of undulations* and down to Asau.

Day 05: Explore Asau
Snorkel at the beach at Vaisala, Kayak to the island from Va-I-Moana, Visit the cocoa factory where Whittakers get their Samoa ingredients or just laze on the beach and relax at the bar.

Day 06: To the western edge of the world
This is a gentle 20km ride to Falealupo with a number of attractions along the way: climb a giant banyan tree, realise the power of cyclones at the church (ruined in 1990) and hear stories about surviving cyclones at the House of Rock. Falealupo is a beautiful isolated beach at the western edge of the world; the sunsets across the coral sands are memorable and the swimming in the small lagoon refreshing.

Day 07: South coast ride
There are numerous villages on the 40km ride around the coast to Satuiatua. The road winds along the cliff tops and beside beaches through many villages. Stop at Lovers Leap for a nui  (drinking coconut) and to admire the view.

Day 08:  R&R
Enjoy a day at the beach at Satuiatua.  Snorkel, take in the cultural activities or just chill out and look for the whales.  There is some surfing available nearby, but this is for experts only as its onto the reef and subject to strong currents at the lagoon entrance.  There is no resident surf guide.

Day 09: Blowholes and waterfalls
It’s the last big cycling day and while it’s 45km, the ride is mostly flat and with a lot to see on the way (there is so much to see that some groups elect to take the van for part of this day). The blowholes seem to perform in almost any sea condition and tide but can be huge in a good southerly swell. The waterfalls at Afu Aau are probably the second most visited attraction on Savaii, and for good reason. Set in a shady, leafy valley the pool beneath the falls provides a very refreshing swim for all, with opportunities for the more confident to leap from the surrounding cliffs.

Day 10: Departure
Catch the ferry back to Upolu after an easy 10km ride, wave your sad farewells to this uniquely hospitable country and fly home.

City Night (s) Hotel
Apia 01 Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
Savai’i 01 Savaii Lagoon Resort
Manase 01 Stevensons at Manase
Vaimoana 02 Vaimoana Seaside Lodge
Falealupo 01 Falealupo Beach Fales
Satuiatua 02 Satuiatua Beach Fale
Savai’i 01 Savaii Lagoon Resort

– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– 09 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Entrance Fees as per program
– Participants can travel in van at any time for as much of the journey as they want
– Local English-speaking guide.
– Bike hire.
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.

– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.

– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.

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