I did a lot of research to find the real Samoan experience. I didn't want to stay at the big hotels that would be so similar to other tropical spots. Since I was a woman traveling alone safety was a big concern. From what I read about Tanu Beach Fales I felt comfortable staying there. This family operation were so hospitable, food very good and plentiful, swimming wonderful,and authentic entertainment, and I felt completely safe. I took a bus to the market in town which was a cultural experience in many ways. With a couple from NZ rented a car and did our own tour around the island.
The most remarkable thing was my fale. It was about 12 feet above the ocean. Lulled to sleep by the wonderful waves, and woken up to the most incredible sunrises. When I was there it was off season so it was very quiet with a lot of privacy.
Watch out if you go Swim with the Turtles about a mile away as I got a bite on my finger. I heard others had some issues. Enjoy Tanu Beach Fales!!!More