Alofaaga Blowholes
Alofaaga Blowholes
4.5
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novemberchild
Upolu, Samoa26 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I’ve been to the blow holes a few times. It’s always fun to go there with people who haven’t been before. There was a lovely old man who would tell you about the blow holes and he would stand very close to the big hole , get his timing right and throw a coconut down the holes just before the wave came and it would blow the coconut out. He has since passed away. A lovely Woman has taken on his job and she is great. Very friendly . It’s a beautiful place too. Big waves and lava rock. I would recommend it.
Written January 30, 2020
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RogerPayne
Canberra, Australia47 contributions
Sep 2022
A most unusual attraction, not found in many places worldwide. A fairly rural track/drive to get to the main viewing point, so needed to be extra cautious over the volcanic rock track. But when we were there, the seas were fairly strong, albeit maybe typical for that exposed and extensive volcanic rock shoreline, but allowed for regular and multiple really high water jets/sprays out of the many blow holes..... Well worth visiting being a rarely available experience/site...
Written September 30, 2022
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23giddy
Gold Coast, Australia14 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
The blowholes are sign posted from the main road. As we started to drive down the side road a man/woman stopped us and asked us to pay 10 Tala for two, we did.
Continued driving down the road and an old man stopped us and mumbled something about the blowholes, I told him we had already paid. He was happy with this so he jumped in and got some coconut husks along the way to the blowholes.
When we got there he told us where to stand and he threw the coconuts in to the blowhole, we found his enthusiasm and reactions more entertaining than the blowhole!
As we walked back to the car he asked for 40 Tala because it was a Sunday, I couldn't believe! We drove back to where we picked him up and he was happy with 5 Tala. He is the richest man in Samoa, I heard other people had paid more. But from my two weeks in Samoa I noticed that locals are not genuine and don't offer to do anything out of generosity, there is always a catch.
Written May 2, 2017
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nmk97
denver, co145 contributions
Jul 2016
Alofaaaga Blowholes itself was an amazing sight (go during high tide!), but the "hosts" were not as amazing! "auleaga" or "makaga" is the samoan term for what marred an otherwise good experience!

after paying $5 tala per person entree fee, $50 tala for our group, we were able to drive our car up to a cleared "parking" area. one would assume by the people charging the entry fee. however, that apparently was NOT the case according to a lady that harassed us for $20 tala for parking on "her" private property. we appologized and moved the "roadside" but while viewing the waves and holes exploding onto the rocks / coast, she continued to be harrassing towards several members of our party.

another ugly part of this experience, is the guy who asked us if we wanted to see how a coconut blown into in the air by the force of the water from the blow hole. we declined but as there were several big groups already there including ours, he proceeded to do so presumably for the $20 tala he asked for from one of the other groups. since we were there to see the blow holes, we werent fussed to see someone throw a coconut in to the hole. its impressive how hi the coconut is tossed into the air but honestly, even without it, it is well worth the entry fee. what made this experience less than ideal is despite having told him we didnt want to see his demo, he still tried to charge our group $20 tala because we watched him do it. and like the parking lady, continued to harrass our group for money!

so tip to those that make it: pay the entry fee, but park before the "cleared" parking area and walk a few minutes to the main site. along your short walk, you will more than likely find a coconut to toss into the blow hole and watch it get tossed into the air. you should not have to pay more than your entry fee!
Written July 7, 2016
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Mudgee S
15 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
The blowholes were very worthwhile. I have been there when there were more holes "blowing" but this day there were a few and it was still great. The lady doing the tour/show was very entertaining and worth her $20 SAT fee for the show. She took us closer to a blowhole than we thought you could go, then called in the waves and threw the coconuts in. She was a real showwoman and worth every cent. Visitors should beware that the initial entry fee doesn't include car parking or the guide/show. They should be respectful however of the effort the families and village put into keeping the area clean and be prepared to pay to help them. The toilets were clean and had toilet paper, which is a bonus.
Written November 3, 2016
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Tanika P
Newcastle, Australia3 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
really nice area to watch the blow holes, however, when we got there we paid $5 tala each and then the old coconut man got in the back of the car and made us drive to the blowholes, threw 5 coconuts in the blow hole then demanded 50 tala. As soon as he sees a white tourist come down he will suck you in to pay ridiculous amounts of money to watch him throw coconuts into the blow hole which definitely is not worth 50 tala.

We got back into the car (and he did too) mind you it was our hire car so he really shouldn't have got in it, then we agreed to give him 20 tala just to get the old man out of the car. He also asked if we had any beer for him. No thanks mate get out of my car!!!

So go to the blowholes but DO NOT let this old man fool you, say no to the coconut throwing!!!
Written July 17, 2017
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Luke D
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
This is the best blowhole I have seen. The routine is to get some coconuts and throw one at a time Into the hole before the blast hits. You just need to watch out when the coconut returns from the sky that you don't get it landing on your head.

You pay 5WST for entry but then when you get there, an older man appears and asks for 10WST if you park in the area to the right side of the road, and then if you let him take you to the blow hole, then he will ask for additional WST for each coconut thrown. Key is to get your own coconuts on the way and park on the side of the road to the left. The old man may still try it on.

It's not that I begrudge paying more, it's the sneaky way it's done - and there are no signs or communication to tell you about extra cost once you have committed to drive in. And the other issue, I'm not convinced that the extra money is going back to the community as in other entry paying arrangements.

But definitely worth a visit. 👍
Written April 28, 2017
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Barbara W
Brisbane72 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We had a lot of fun with this attraction. Bring some coconuts (unless you want to pay the old man who will carry the coconuts for you and throw them in the blow hole..he's good, but he's also the only Samoan who was too pushy)
Written December 4, 2016
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Darren Dillman D
Zhuhai, Guangdong, China36 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
Seeing the actual blowholes shooting water up into the sky is great, but the con job by the old woman asking for 10 tala takes away from the experience. All she did was toss some coconuts into the hole! I would have much rather experienced the blowholes by myself, with just me and Mother Nature, but having the woman put on her used-car salesman act, shake my hand and ask me three times where I was from and how long I had been in Samoa, then come running after me afterward asking for 10 tala was something that belongs in some other craphole tourist trap. It's not even the price of 10 tala, but the artificial conniving manner in which it was done.
Written June 19, 2017
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Squeekie
Santa Clara, CA2,183 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
The "coconut man" as we found out later he is called...came and wanted into our car after we paid our $20T. He had to get into the car....so we let him and drove the short bit to the blow holes. He took his coconut shells and threw them into one of the holes and it shot out with all the water. Very cool...and we got video and photo of it. It was great. However....after this happened he wanted to leave and asked my husband for another $20T....very unfair. He gave it to him and we drove off, mad. You are NOT required to pay extra. Don't let him in the car!! Just drive after you pay to the holes, park and stay as long as you want. We got duped. Did not tell our resort we were going, and in return we got this surprise. They have told him and put up signs that you don't need to pay more than $20T...but signs were taken down, and he does not listen to the village. He apparently owns the property. GO, by all means...and pay whatever they want...they ask for $S20-$40T....depending on the day...it's worth the $. If you end up picking him up...he will ask for extra $ after his "show" is over...then you know you don't HAVE to pay....but if you don't he will be VERY insistent...Just do it for peace...AND the travel stories later! :-)
Written January 10, 2017
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