I'm planning a trip to Samoa and was going to spend 5 nights on Savai'i island but am having trouble choosing where I would like to stay... Originally I was looking at Satuitua beach fales because it really appealed to me and got good reviews. However I looked at a government travel website that said that crime has been on the rise in Samoa, I am still super keen to go and will not be deterred but I am wondering if I would be better to stay in a hotel over a beach fale on Savai'i? especially if I plan on getting out and about during the days (which would mean my stuff would stay at the accommodation).
Being a young single lady I would like to stay somewhere that other young travellers go so not looking for the kind of place that will be packed with families, but on the same token I am not that fussed on the backpacker/shared room hotels (shared facilities is fine)... am willing to stretch my budget if a place is worth it but I'm not that precious
Any suggestions for accommodation or general tips and ideas for my stay there would be much appreciated :)
PS. I'm not planning on taking anything irreplaceable and not expecting to have things taken...just more worried about if someone were to snatch a whole bag of stuff but esp. passport etc.. and I KNOW I need to keep that on me.. but I really don't want to take it snorkelling or to waterfalls :P