Set on the South Coast of Upolu Island, Sa'Moana Resort is ideally suited to couples and families or mature age surfers who are looking for a relaxed holiday in paradise with a daily surf trip. Sa'Moana offers a very personalized holiday experience, unlike most large resorts. All staff (other than management) are from the local Salamumu village and this ensures you experience traditional Samoan hospitality during your stay.
Uncrowded reef breaks
Upolu Island on Samoa has the potential to offer surf all year round, subject to swell and wind conditions. There is a vast variety of surf within proximity of Sa'Moana Resort. Surfers must be of intermediate level or higher to safely enjoy the array of reef breaks
Families love the relaxed atmosphere and personalised service of this small resort. Dad can take a morning surf and then return to sea kayak and snorkel with the kids whilst Mum relaxes with a good book in a hammock. Kids love the natural swimming pool. The menu is extensive with a great variety for children. Samoa offers a rich cultural experience that your kids will remember forever.
opened on the 13th of March, 1999. It is unique in its privacy, peacefulness and beautiful setting - in a coconut grove at Salamumu Beach, on the south coast of the island of Upolu in Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa. The 3.5 star resort provides absolute beach front accommodation and caters for up to 32 guests in beautiful beach bungalows with private facilities and a decor in vibrant Polynesian tones to complement the bungalow's timber features. Singles, couples, groups and families are all catered for with accommodation in 2, 3, 4 and 6 bed configurations.
Samoa offers a rich Polynesian culture which is passionately kept alive and evident at every turn. It is perfect for relaxing tropical holidays and romantic honeymoons, catching that big tuna or sailfish, for the golf fanatics or that perfect wave! Our natural saltwater swimming pool abutting the ocean was constructed in a depression in the lava rock formation at the eastern side of the resort and is truly incredibly beautiful, in an amazing setting.
Centrally located with incredible panoramic views over the south shore's spectacular coastline Aiga, with cocktail bar & restaurant, features a large undercover front deck for dining and relaxing. This is the ultimate location at Sa'Moana after a rewarding surf, tour or relaxing day to kick back and enjoy your favourite cocktail and a sensational meal!
Equipment for activities such as snorkelling, canoeing, sea kayaking, football, volleyball, golf practice nets, and our pool table are provided free of charge to in-house guests. We are approximately 45 minutes from the airport and from the capital, Apia. Amenities such as coffee shops, or shops in general, are mostly in Apia. Samoa is not a shopping mecca like Bali or Thailand, it is a completely different cultural and relaxing experience.
Great holidays don't happen without great food. Our chefs provide some of the best food on the island. Our cuisine is restaurant quality with the finest fresh produce prepared with innovative style. We have something to offer everyone, from historical tours to hand-feeding turtles to surfing, deep sea fishing, swimming, diving and kayaking. Alternatively you can simply relax with a book in a hammock or catch up on that well deserved sleep! Whatever you decide we will do our utmost to make your stay with us a fantastic and memorable one.
Samoa has waves all year round. We're thrilled to announce the discovery of several hot new breaks that are 'all tides & all winds friendly'.
When you go surfing in Samoa you'll discover that the majority of locations are coral reef or rock bottom. There is a great diversity of wave types ranging from medium to long point breaks like Village Lefts or Missions to the bowling barrels of Cocos and a great imitation of Hawaii's Sunset at Tiavea.
The waves are generated from far away with swells coming from deep in the southern ocean before hitting the south coast shore of Upolu Island and with north swells originating in the Alaskan territory coming via Hawaii to Samoa's north shore.
The "wet season" (April to November) normally sees the south shore getting the majority of swell while the "dry season" (December to March) is when we expect the north swells.
However swell and waves can be found on both sides of the island at the same time and all depends upon the swell size and direction. Rarely is there a flat day.
Sa'Moana Resort is equipped to get you to the best possible surf with a 34ft aluminium twin hull and 14ft zodiac/inflatable on a trailer.
The twin hull is well organised with canopy, ladders, storage areas and is also set up for some semi-serious fishing, not to mention that we have all the correct safety and emergency equipment.
To access the breaks best travelled by road we have 3 vehicles. All are air conditioned and have mobile phones and first aid kits on board.
There is also a good chance that you'll score some fun or challenging waves right out in front of the resort, with a variety of depressions in the reef creating several waves depending again upon size and direction. You can also be lucky and get Village Lefts working, for which you'll only need to make a casual 10 minute walk to find uncrowded waves all to yourself.
There are many good reasons for staying at Sa'Moana Resort and surfing with us is only one of them. We take pride in our expertise and safety preparedness. We maintain several permanent moorings at various breaks, protecting the fragile reef and marine life systems. We attempt to maximize surfer guest experience by keeping surfer numbers to no more than 15 at any one time and by leaving locations cleaner than we found them! We, and we hope our guests, respect the few local surfers, the local villages, their customs and beliefs. The financial contributions we make will directly benefit and support their communities.
Some of the best surf breaks in Samoa are available to our guests. Sa'Moana Resort is well known for surfing trips and great surf. Check out the breaks below for some of the best surfing in Samoa.
Resorts - Out the front we have lefts & rights. Depending upon swell direction and size it can go from fast lefts to playful rights.
Village Lefts - a 5-8 minute walk, down the line left that has it all when it's on.
Special K - a 10 minute boat ride, fun right-hander.
Pebbles - a15 minute boat ride, short, punchy super hollow left.
Barras - a 25 minute boat ride, amazing, hollow bowling right.
Wackas - a 28 minute boat ride, wackable fun left.
Coco's - a 35 minute boat ride, from fun to..... you name it, an HT-type right.
Inside Siumu - an 8 minute boat ride, peaky short fun left.
Outside Siumu - a 40 minute boat ride, longer than it's little bro and also a left.
Boulders - a 45 minute boat ride, "The Left". This is a classic big wave again, has it all - power, speed, a big wall and an even bigger barrel and holds up to 3-4 times overhead faces.
Nuusafe'e Island - a 55 minute boat ride, this is also a classic big wave with power, speed a bit wall and barrel.
Spot X - a 45 minute boat ride, short, powerful hollow right.
Y Tops -a 50 minute boat ride, yet another left that has it all.
Tiavea - a 1 hour 45 minute drive, has 4 x waves.
Left Point - challenging barrel.
The River Mouth - fun left & right.
Main Peak - this one does Sunset Hawaii impersonations really well.
Missions - it's a long paddle across but the fun rights are worth it.
Pudding Rock - a 1 hour 20 minute drive, short playful right.
Dragon's Breath – a 1hour 10 minute drive. If you can surf big Back Door Pipe, Hawaii, you'll love this wave - serious chargers only.
* Several other north shore waves exist and all can produce on their day
These are only a few of the places we have access to, and as mentioned previously there are more unnamed and unchartered breaks available to guests of the resort.
All our beach bungalows are absolute beach front with breathtaking views of the beach, reef and ocean. There is a complimentary mini bar upon arrival, tea/coffee making facilities, overhead fan(s), safe (lock box), hairdryers on request, some bungalows have incredible outdoor lava rock bathrooms where you can shower under the stars. And did we mention they ALL have sensational views?!
Feel the ocean breeze while the sound of the ocean lulls you to sleep at night and by day you will want to swim and surf and explore the incredible reef, beaches and jungle that surrounds our little piece of paradise.
Check in/out times
Check in: 2.00pm
Check out: 11.00am
Pool View Beach Bungalow
BEACH/OCEAN VIEWS : Queen bed.
Hibiscus Beach Bungalow
BEACH/OCEAN VIEWS : Queen bed and 2 singles.
Family 1 & 2 Beach Bungalows
BEACH/OCEAN VIEWS : Each bungalow has a queen bed upstairs in a loft/mezzanine and downstairs 4 singles.
Frangipani 1 & 2 Beach Bungalows
BEACH/OCEAN VIEWS : Each beach bungalow has a queen bed and 1 single. These 2 bungalows share a common deck area and are popular for couples travelling together or families.
Alofa Beach Bungalow
BEACH/OCEAN VIEWS : Queen bed only. This fale is more up market and has a variety of extras including TV/DVD and lounge area.
CULTURE - FIAFIA NIGHT
Every week we have an AMAZING cultural night beginning with the string band then a traditional Samoan ava ceremony followed by a sumptuous buffet made up of western and Samoan food, and of course don't forget the entertainment! In preparation for this evening of cultural experiences you can see how the food is traditionally prepared in our NEW Umu Fale.You will be highly entertained with Samoan traditional dancing and singing and the AMAZING fire dancers. Come see the world champion perform, the advanced and intermediate fire dancers and of course the gorgeous young children from the local village who are learning this amazing art. Great food, drinks and entertainment! GREAT NIGHT! This is a truly fantastic and exciting experience, one you will never forget! Cameras are most welcome.
KAYAK & CANOES
Kayaks and canoes are available to use free of charge. They are an excellent way to see parts of the island right at our doorstep, venturing either east or west over shallow, crystal clear water inside the reef. Heading east, explore the lagoon and around the resort area, stopping at low tide beaches or the edge of the jungle. Heading west, see the everyday village life from the water. We can pack you a picnic lunch or light refreshments and for those unsure of their abilities or safety, we can send you off with a guide.
Snorkeling gear is available to use free of charge. Right out the front of the resort is excellent for shallow water snorkeling with a diverse display of marine life, fish, reef and white coral sands. Nemo & friends are regularly seen! You can snorkel either east or west in the lagoon for hours of underwater exploring. The snorkeling here is one of the best spots on the island!
A slate pool table is available for guest use. Also we have magazines, books and a variety of board games. We have a volleyball court, which is big enough for many sports including football & frisbee. Challenge other guests to a game! There is also a golf net and golf clubs available to practice your swing.
Take a walk through our village of Salamumu, experiencing the lifestyle first hand. It is a 15 minute walk west to the start of the village, or head east via the rainforest trail down to the lagoon, 20 minutes each way. There is no limit to where or how far you can walk, all villages are friendly so long as you remember to show Samoans the respect they deserve. Be polite and dress appropriately, ie. no revealing clothing. Samoans are very welcoming people.
Each Thursday we have a free Cultural Day. You can see baskets, hats and mats being weaved... maybe even try weaving your own. Watch coconuts being cut from the trees and get your very own fresh coconut to drink! You will also then get to see how they make coconut cream and listen to stories about the village history.
Sunday Church Service 8:30am - 10:30am
Salamumu Methodist Village
- The Capital-Apia-Local Markets or Robert Louis Stevenson Museum Tour and Sliding Rocks (5 hr tour) Scenic Drive Tour
- Lefaga Bay Scenic Jungle Drive, West Coastal Road and Hand-Feeding Turtles (5hr tour) Scenic Drive Tour
- Natural Wonder Sea Cave Swim Thrus & 60m Waterfall (5hr tour) Eco-Adventure
- Apia Capital Shopping Tour - Visit Flea/Craft Markets and a variety of stores