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Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Asau
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
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“Fantastic friendly wonderful location”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

The management of Via Moana Rosie and Michelle are amazing people happy vibrant welcoming and unforgetable Samoans. The rest of the staff are much the same always smiling and willing to do anything to make our stay a happy one. The location is brilliant the food is great the accomodation is wonderful and the fishing is fantastic. My sister and I went fishing and caught three very large fish in one hr. A Wyhoo and two Masimasi not sure of spelling but the best fishing ever and not too expensive. The skipper was a very easy going and relaxed man and helped bring in our fish his name is Ian and if you ever want to catch big fish in remote and unfished waters go to Via Moana Resort and meet Ian and the staff.
You are made to feel like a part of a large family while staying there your included in activaties and plenty to do or veg out if you feel like it. No pressure from anyone just lots of happy smiles and great weather. I highly recommend anyone who goes to Samoa to go to Via Moana and meet the fabulous owners and staff of the resort and you will never forget the sincere affection given by all at the resort. The owners even drove us to the little airport nearby and waited till our plane left before they did. Truly wonderful people. Why travel by ferry and then two hrs by car fly from the international airport to the resort by small 12 seater for around $100 australian and be at the resort three minutes later .
Definately going back again.
Elaine Krat Australia

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We were so pleased to get to Vai Moana after a long night's flight, early morning ferry and half day driving to Asau. The staff were so welcoming, and as someone mentioned below, very particular about using our first names. We stayed the first 2 nights in an open beachfront fale, then 2 nights in a sunset fale. Both were lovely, and apart from having our own bathroom/toilet in the sunset fale, we both agreed that the open fale was a nicer experience (and a bit cheaper). Very comfy mattress, mozzie net, little porch, perfect view over the bay, and visited by a turtle every morning! The food was great, and the cocktails even better (go for the jugs...much better value!).

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Red Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Our lengthy drive from the rocking & rolling car ferry to Va-i-Moana certainly had us wondering what the place was going to be like. We drove along the North Coast Road past some super azure lagoons and dozens of huge and ostentatious churches "serving" various denominations. We noticed the equally grandiose and costly houses of the Pastors and contrasted those with the abject, blatant and pitiful poverty of the villagers, many of whom, without exaggerration, somehow live under bits of rusty corrugated iron.

We saw some beautifully coloured and manicured frontages, bananas wherever they could possibly grow and quite a lot of overgrown and dense sprawling weeds in between villages. Things obviously don't grow too well on lava rock. There were countless lovely, happy kids and locals all keen to wave. Talk about friendly! There were numerous pigs, piglets and manky mongrels and a few worryingly ribby horses. It was not great to see hundreds of empty drinks cans and plastic bottles all along both sides of the road throughout our 1½ hour drive from the ferry to Va-i-Moana. Shame on the locals responsible but very well done to whoever trims the verges so well.

From the poverty perspective it was a sad trip, more so because we now know that the villagers will remain locked hopelessly in poverty for as long as they give up to 75% of their humble pay to the church - which apparently gives absolutely nothing back. It's an outrageous and unholy state of affairs. That's the strength of religion in Samoa I suppose.

After that drive, which was a bit of a culture shock and fairly depressing at times by virtue of the poverty we witnessed, our expectations weren't too high but the bubbly folks at Va-i-Moana rapidly raised our spirits. Incredibly, all the staff knew our first names (nearly said Christian names!) from the very outset. They were ultra kind, friendly, polite and plain brilliant. Their PR skills would shame those with special training. They were genuinely caring people and we never once felt that we were part of the holiday "sheep dip" cycle.

The staff made our holiday, helped of course by the wonderful owner, Sale, who truly is a remarkable gent. He remarked about everything! He is Mr Personality Plus and a larger than life character. With a microphone in his hand, he's tremendous. Va-i-Moana is his baby and he takes great care of it - and his loyal team. There were some really fun guests at the place and they added to the great atmosphere.

The accommodation was excellent, the level of cleanliness was excellent, breakfast and dinner (included) were excellent, the little sandy beach was excellent, the complimentary kayaks were excellent, the sea was excellent and the warmest we've ever experienced and frankly, there was no need to go anywhere else. That said, it wasn't a "Resort" and anyone who expects Hilton-style room service will be disappointed. This place is in the real world.

We did drive around the whole area and clocked up a few hundred kms - which was essentially a waste of time and petrol. It was good to have a look, just the once and we won't need to hire a car again when we revisit. In fact I think it will be possible to fly into Apia and jump on a small internal flight to Asau Airport - which is otherwise a field just a few minutes drive from Va-i-Moana. We saw more lagoons, black lava cliffs, many more pigs and piglets, an absolute overdose of seemingly unnecessary churches - some just a couple of hundred metres apart, and poverty everywhere. In retrospect, we should have stayed put at Va-i-Moana, swum, snorkelled and sampled a few more bottles of the really good local Samoan beer. Ironically, the bottled water costs exactly the same price.

Water supply at this far extent of Savii isn't too great and Sale imports it on a truck daily. Almost certainly some people are not sufficiently careful with it and on occasions, it temporarily runs out. Sale just isn't the sort of gent to ruin the place with signs saying, "Don't do this" and "Don't do that" (apart from "No Smoking" in the dining area) but something about not leaving taps running could be a thought. There has to be a tactful way of asking guests to conserve water wherever possible.

And - don't drink the water! I did and wished I hadn't. To avoid being a runaway success, you need to buy the bottled stuff. It could be a really good idea to take your own "Steripen" which is a small, personal, ultra violet, water purifier (www.steripen.com)

We stayed in a chalet with air-conditioning and our own loo and it scored 9½ out of 10. It lost half a point because the bed was the firmest I'd ever slept on by far but that didn't really matter because the expenditure of energy during the day coupled with the food, beers and evening's socialising left me totally exhausted. And before you know it the sun's up again, a swim before breakfast, a quick shower on the beach and - breakfast! It's a hard lifestyle but someone's got to do it! A jug in the room would have been handy for a late night coffee, early morning cuppa or to boil some water to put in the fridge. That's more of an observation that a criticism.

I don't think we realised how great the place was until we returned to 15C having enjoyed 30C for almost a fortnight. We are now at that stage of reminding ourselves at 7.30pm that, if we were in Samoa, we'd be in shorts and T shirt and having dinner and a few beers on the beach. Happy Days. We will most definitely visit Va-i-Moana again. What a find!

If I was really clever, I'd say that it was dreadful so that people stayed away and that the prices didn't rise.

In truthful summary, excellent, very good value for money, lovely location, super owner & staff and "real Samoa" as opposed to resort-style nonsense which could be anywhere in the world. Finally, "Yes" - we did see turtles cruising past the end of the jetty.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Our family stayed here for 5 days as part of our Samoa trip. We enjoyed every minute and can highly recommend staying here!
The staff were like a family and were so very friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic with good variety.
Location - paradise.
Snorkelling trips 10 minutes out by boat from lodge that are very affordable.
Basketball hoop for kids to let off some energy, wharf to jump off.
Supermarket just across the road 2 minutes walk.
Overall a beautiful spot and amazing people to look after you! Thank you !!

Room Tip: Units with ensuite very nice bonus.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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timaru
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This lovely, relaxed accommodation on the northern coast of Savai'i is a gem. Staff, food and setting are all wonderful and Samoan hospitality is amongst the best in the world. The beach is smallish but boat and snorkelling trips are offered to other spots, there are free kayaks and the jetty and raft give opportunities for jumping and diving. it really is like staying with family in a Samoan village. Fales are authentic and food is locally sourced (lobster fresh from the reef!) and plentiful. Optional activities include a walking tour of the local village of Asau and a session on the value of the coconut, as well as umu cooking class and dancing lessons. Everything was very interesting and information imparted with pride. A very welcoming and relaxing atmosphere - loved the dinners on the beach!

Room Tip: the over water fales have a gorgeous balcony where you can sit and turtle spot!
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Auckland
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

We stayed here for six days in June 2012 and had a magical time. We were lucky with the weather and spent three nights in an open beach fale and it was just heaven. The people are lovely, the beer is cheap and the food delicious. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Booked for 7 nights, stayed for 10. Would definitely go back! Excellent value for money!
Great meals - Very generously sized Breakfast & Dinner included with heaps of variety.
Missed dinner one night & it was delivered to my fale.
Stayed in a sunset fale, which had an excellent over water balcony - with stunning sunrise and sunset views. Perfect for just relaxing.
Accommodation was clean, tidy and comfortable
Water was at times turned off, but will always be turned on as requested – so it wasn’t an issue .
Beach is small but great area for swimming, lots of fish and a turtle to see around the jetty.
A platform to jump off, floating raft.
You can swim or kayak to the small island opposite.
The guys are happy to take you out on the boat snorkelling and fishing
Kayak’s & snorkelling gear available for guests.
Reasonably priced bar, local beer, standard spirits, cocktails and cocktail jugs.
The staff are very accommodating and are happy to make anything for you – nothing is too much trouble.
Vaimoana is excellent value for money and has a great atmosphere. All of the staff are really warm and friendly, and soon feel more like an extended family.
The staff go for a early morning walk once a week & guests are most welcome to join in
About 1 hour 45 mins drive from Salelologa Wharf. It’s a beautiful drive, with lots to see along the way if you want to.
A great base from which to see the rest of Savaii, for ½ day or full day trips.

Room Tip: Stunning view from sunset fales!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge
Address: Main Island Road, Asau, Savai'i, Samoa
Location: Samoa > Savai'i > Asau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Asau
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Hotel Class:3 star — Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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