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“Tour to remember!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Polynesian Xplorer

Polynesian Xplorer
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Ranked #4 of 14 Tours in Apia
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Owner description: Polynesian Xplorer run a range of "Experiential Tours" for Samoa, among other holiday services. We are based in Apia township provide tour experiences for Upolu, Savaii, Manono & Namu'a Islands. If you are looking to experience the real Samoa - or need help with your Samoa holiday booking, you've come to the right place!
Whyalla, Australia
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“Tour to remember!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

We were on a cruise and had pre-booked our tour (online through a very easy process). I had also emailed a couple of questions, to which I got a quick response.
There were 4 of us on this tour, and we were picked up from the wharf at the time specified. Fusi was our guide/driver, and we had an absolutely wonderful day with him. We enjoyed his sense of humour, and he was full of knowledge on Samoan culture and history.
We travelled in a comfortable air conditioned mini van around the island, stopping at many beautiful spots.
We then travelled in a boat to a private island, which was absolutely beautiful, and so peaceful. We had a cooked lunch of fish and vegetables, and swam in the crystal blue water.
We were returned to the ship on time, and this tour will go down as one of the highlights of our cruise. Thank you Fusi for this amazing experience of Samoa! Karen C

Visited April 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unforgettable experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

The 2 weeks I spent in Samoa were some of the most life-changing times of my life. This was as far from a tourist experience as you can get, but I enjoyed it more than I would have if it had been like that. Visiting and living in Amaille and Aopo villaged was incredible, an eye-opening culture shock. As part of the HIBS Service trip we managed to get a lot of work done in these two villages; installing water tanks, building a playground from scratch and refurbishing a library, not to mention donation of sports and music gear.
This trip wouldn't have been possible without our two guides Fiona and Tupu. Fiona spent so much time helping organise events with our teachers, and she was incredibly friendly and helpful.
I would consider Tupu a member of our team. He was with the team the whole time; cracking jokes, showing us around, and generally keeping us all happy. He was a machine when it came to physical labour, helping out non-stop until the job was done. When it came to communcating with the people of the village, both Tupu and Fiona were there to translate for us.
There is no way to thank these two friendly, funny, down-to-earth people enough for what they did for our team. I will miss them both, and I hope to return to Samoa and visit again soon!
Thank you Tupu, Fiona and Polynesian Xplorer!
Lachlan B

Visited April 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely Amazing !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

What an amazing 2 weeks spent in Samoa ! I was part of a school group (Hutt International Boys' School). We were in Samoa with an aim to complete serveral service projects in villages such as Amaille in Upolo and Aopo in Savai'i. Throughout the 2 weeks we had 2 tour guides from Polynesian Xplorer.Our guides, Tupu and Fiona, were absolutely astounding. Fiona who was with us at the start and end of our trip was superb. Fiona worked around the clock everyday helping us find the bits and pieces we needed in order to complete our water-tank project in Amaille. She was always extremely friendly, there's no question about Samoa she can't answer and without her our trip would never have been possible.

Tupu was also extraordinary, his enthusiasm and the energy he brought to our trip was just marvelous. Working and spending time with Tupu was just amazing. He has such a big heart for other people, he worked selflessly each and every day helping our team complete the playground and library refurbishing in Aopo Primary School. It was easy to say hello but so hard to say goodbye to Tupu, he was just like another member of our team.

Both Fiona and Tupu made this trip an unforgettable experience and the team will surely remember them for years to come ! Fa'afetai/Thank you to Tupu, Fiona and Polynesian Xplorer for the absolutely amazing experience of Samoa !

Visited April 2013
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Once in a Lifetime Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

This was a Tour to remember! I was part of a team of 15 students and 3 Staff who came to Samoa to help villages in need. We stayed for two weeks, split between Upolu and Savaii. We installed water tanks at Amaile Village and refurbished a library and built a playground at Aopo Village in Savaii. Our your guides Fiona and Tupu were Amazing! Fiona spent a huge amount of time organising and coordinating with our trip leader Mr Hoeksma. She was so friendly and helpful and made our trip just that much better! As for Tupu I cannot begin to describe how much of a genuine good person he is. From the very second we set foot in Samoa, Tupu was by our side the entire time. He went everywhere and did everything we did for two solid weeks. Even though it was a long time away from his family he helped us every out so much more than we could have asked for, Thought the trip Tupu was pretty much another member of our team and I will miss him greatly, hopefully one day I get the chance to go back and visit!

I can't thank Fiona and Tupu enough for everything they did for us, It made our trip so much better!

Thanks Polynesian Xplorer!

Visited April 2013
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Naniset, Manager at Polynesian Xplorer, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hi Lachie,

Thanks very much for giving us such a great review, and we are really pleased that you had an awesome time in Samoa. Both Fiona & Tupu loved having your group & we hope that we see you back here again in the future too!
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london
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“tour of beautiful Apia Samoa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

This tour was so different from the usual cruise ship tours.We were driven around in a very comfortable mini-bus. Our guide Fiona was excellent, she made our trip a memorable experience, in the places we visited and her knowledge of the area. Our special visit and the highlight was to the local school where the children sang songs to us amazing. Would love to go back.

Visited March 2013
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Naniset, Manager at Polynesian Xplorer, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hi Barbara,

We're really pleased that you enjoyed your Cruiseship daytour. Yes, often the school visit is the highlight of the trip (for both parties!), and so we thank you for choosing to join us on your one day in Samoa!
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