Firstly arriving on Savai'i I was struck by how absolutely stunning the place was, and given what I'd heard over the years imagine my surprise to find it spotless! Savai'i has a reputation for being 'more rustic' and 'a bit dirty' but what I found was the complete opposite. Apparently there has been a big clean up campaign in recent years and it shows. Every village was well manicured, very little if any litter or trash to see. Beautiful colours in the trees plants and fale's even drew my eyes away from the stunning turquoise ocean view as we toured round.
The ferry to get there was the only part that I didn't enjoy.... it costs 12 Tala each way but next time I think I'll wait for the 'big ferry' and go Business class so I actually get a seat :-)
Tanu beach Fales in Manase offer an authentic Samoan experience, you sleep in the same standard accommodation as the villagers do and eat the food they eat. Unlike a previous post I only got bread with breakfast as toast (and a toastie every 3 days). The food is cooked traditionally using locally grown ingredients such as breadfruit, palusami, taro, watermellon etc you get heaps to eat and since there is so much on your plate you can
The accomodation is the best I've ever stayed in, being 30 I've grown tired of backpackers and prefer 3-5 star as a rule. I made an exception after a friends recommendation for this place, it is the most relaxing amazing feeling in the world to fall asleep looking out at the stars & wake up looking at the Sunrise over the ocean. The Fales are clean, cool and very basic. But that's all you need on a tropical island!
The family that run it were all very lovely and highly regarded in the area, even our taxi driver in Apia knew them by name. We were well looked after and my partner was given an alternative to the seafood portion of any meal. The family even got together and put a cultural dancing show on after dinner one night.
Beer, water & juice (whole coconuts sometimes) can be bought from the reception cold. They run a tab system and you pay when you leave so you don't have to go back and forward for cash. There is a safe in the reception for your valuables and the lovely girl called her uncle to drive us when we couldn't get a taxi to the pier!!
In the small village there isn't much to do, I went there to relax, read & swim,but if you want more you can hire a car for 160 Tala from Janes a few doors down & take a trip round the Island. Racy's Beach Club is also a few doors down and has watersports/bikes for hire & internet access as well as a 'cocktail bar'.
Overall this is one of the best places I have ever been anywhere in the world and perhaps the most beautiful, but it's not for everyone so do your research before you go to make sure this is for you.
- Also Known As:
- Tanu Beach Fales Hotel Savai`i
- Tanu Beach Fales Savai i
- Tanu Beach Fales Samoa