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5 nights in Samoa.
HOME BASE: Auckland, NZ
TRAVEL STYLE: Independent / Budget / Adventure
FAVOURITE DESTINATION: Corfu, Greece or island hopping in Croatia
I was a bit dubious at first but it really had everything we were after.
Such beautiful beaches and people, we were sad to come home.
VIEW FROM SINALEI REEF RESORT (image credit: Karla)
Aganoa Beach – our favorite black sand beach!
Cultural night at Coconuts Beach Resort
Beautiful empty beaches tucked away all to ourselves
SINALEI RESORT (image credit: Karla)
FUIPUSIA FALLS (image credit: Karla)
Airline Review – Air New Zealand
They were great – as always!
Resort Review – Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa:
Highly rated our accommodation – Sinalei was a great experience! Fresh fish every night was as a definite highlight.
Definitely hire a car if possible – it makes getting around much easier.
CAPE NIUATO’I (image credit: Karla)
Language & Communication
Traveller Safety / Security
SAMOA ITINERARY DETAILS
Auckland to Apia return with Air New Zealand
Karla & her friends stayed at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa on Upolu in Samoa.
Secluded by lush palm jungle and fringing an azure turquoise lagoon, Sinalei Resort is a 4.5 star adults-only resort situated on the South Coast of Upolu. The resort has 29 villas available, with options of a garden, ocean view or beach front setting. With a strong farm to plate philosophy, food is either grown on site or sourced locally at this luxury eco resort.
Special deals can include free breakfast, resort credits & discounted rates.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Samoa has two distinct seasons – the dry from April to October and the wet from November-March, but it’s warm and humid year-round. Peak season revolves around New Zealand/Australia school holidays in April, July and September, with cheap airfares harder to source around those times.
You can fly direct to Apia from Auckland (3 hours), Sydney or Brisbane (5-6 hours), Fiji (2 hours) or Honolulu (5.5 hours).
Anita | Burgess Travellers
Anita Burgess is in the business of making memorable family moments. Soccer mum, travel broker & writer, she’s happiest with a camera in her hand and the sand between her toes. Find insider travel tips and inspiration for your memorable moments on her blog, Burgess Travellers, or get in touch if you’re ready to make your holiday happen.
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