A visit to Aganoa Lodge Samoa offers surfers and non-surfers alike an unparalleled experience, while preserving the natural and cultural integrity of one of the last untrodden surf wonderlands on the planet.
Every aspect of the Aganoa Lodge Samoa guest experience is designed to immerse you in Savai’i’s pristine natural environment. Our goal is to transport you to another time and place. A world of open air and open spaces, of falling asleep to the soft patter of rain on a tin roof or waking to the kiss of a light trade-wind breeze sliding off of the ocean. At Aganoa Lodge Samoa we invite you to unplug from your busy world and experience something perfect. Perfect and simple.
Welcome to savai'i samoa
Situated in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, five and one half hours from Hawaii and Australia, Aganoa Lodge Samoa is located on the lesser known island of Savai’i Samoa. Savai’i is mountainous, fertile and surrounded by coral reefs. Lonely Planet describes the Savai’i landscape as ‘spectacular tropical terrain’.
Savaiʻi is the largest and highest island in Samoa and the Samoa Islands chain, reaching a maximum altitude of 1,858 metres at Mt Silisili. It is also the biggest landmass in Polynesia outside Hawaii and New Zealand. The island of Savai’i is also referred to by Samoans as Salafai, a classical Samoan term used in oratory and prose. The island is home to 43,142 people who make up 24% of the country’s population.
The only township and ferry terminal is Salelologa, the main entry point to the island, situated at the east end of Savai’i. A tar sealed road serves as the one main highway, connecting most of the villages with local buses reaching most settlements.
Due to the this remote location and low levels of traditional hospitality – Savai’i remains largely unspoilt by the rampant development in most parts of the South Pacific. Pegasus Lodges welcomes you and your family to visit the private beaches and waves of Aganoa Lodge and experience the beauty and culture of the Polynesian paradise which is Samoa.
Aganoa Lodge Samoa is located on a five-acre oceanfront parcel bordering on the Tafua Rain forest Preserve with exclusive access to a 180 meter white sand beach and crystal clear lagoon. The beach is protected by a barrier reef making ideally suited for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
The Lodge is a full service all-inclusive surf lodge featuring fully guided surfing experiences for a maximum of eight guests while also catering to non-surfers and their families who enjoy an active travel experience. Our common area is a huge open-plan space that features a bar, lounge area, and individual surf-observations areas. Our beautiful white sand Aganoa Beach is flanked by manicured grounds including a common sundeck featuring umbrellas and sun lounges with a view of the break directly in front of the lodge. Our bar is also accessible from the main deck area.
The Lodge is fully equipped with complimentary snorkel gear, bicycles, sea kayaks, fishing gear, yoga mats to enjoy all the property has on offer. We also offer daily hike, cultural tours and eco-excursions to the nearby waterfalls and blowholes.
Our “rooms” are simple. Eight stand-alone, open-air fales (bungalows) each surrounded by its own “privacy screen” intended to give guests their own perfect carved-out piece of paradise. Each unit is constructed almost entirely of reclaimed timber and lava rocks collected on-site, and each features a king or queen-sized four-post bed cooled by high-speed mounted fans, en suite bathroom with open-sky shower (with Molton Brown amenities), power outlets and private porch decks for relaxing or watching the surf (literally steps from the lagoon beach).
- Global roaming service available for guests’ mobile telephones
- WiFi connectivity at restaurant and bar
- Daily housekeeping, laundry services
- Mosquito nets, high-speed fans and en-suite bathrooms
- King or Queen Sized beds (depending on group configurations)
- Private dining, private patios
Meals are all-inclusive – with the exception of select beverages – at the Aganoa Lodge Samoa and have been designed to emphasize fresh, healthy, super-food/performance-enhancing nourishment to maintain peak energy levels during the experience.
Aganoa Lodge Samoa offers a delicious and authentic set-menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the oceanfront restaurant. Locally sourced and sustainable ingredients anchor a menu of Samoan delicacies blended with Western cuisine. Stars are fresh fish caught daily right offshore and organic fruits and veggies grown in our on-site organic hydroponic facility.
There are over 10 different waves within an hour’s run of the lodge; the majority are within 30 minutes. The surf here is ultra-consistent, with lefts and rights that work in all tides. Best of all, the variety of surf offers many options for all levels of surfers and equipment.
Over the past 30 years we’ve been in the region, we’ve had the privilege to “discover” many waves and surf a multitude of others. The incredible part about most breaks on Savai’i (including the main break out front) is how accessible they are. While most breaks on neighboring Upolu require a boat ride to an outer reef, nearly all of Savai’i’s waves are a short paddle from the Lodge.
our surfing guides
At Aganoa Lodge Samoa, our guides are the key to our success, and are responsible for countless guests surfing the best waves of their lives. We invest seriously in hiring and developing the best surf guides in the world. World-class surfers who focus on enhancing your experience, not their own. They ensure your time is maximized, and match a break’s degree of difficulty with your own capabilities.
ACTIVITIES & GUEST SERVICES
Fill your days with adventure, in and out of the water. Our staff accommodates trips to the blowholes, eco-tours around the island, snorkeling sessions, and fishing excursions. Make the most of your time here. We offer trip photography packages for guests. Please ask our staff prior to arrival and we'll arrange for our staff photographer to capture your trip in photos.
We employ a skilled staff photographer with professional equipment who will be capturing your entire surf experience in high resolution for you to relive long after you’ve left Aganoa Lodge Samoa.
Start your morning in our Yoga Pavilion. Nestled into the jungle of the Aganoa Lodge property with 360 degree open air views of the ocean and Samoan wildlife.
A natural phenomenon just 30 minutes away. Bring a few fallen coconuts, throw them in the blowhole and watch them lift off!
Borrow a pole and cast right from the lagoon, or take a full-blown day of half-day trip with Lee, our resident fishing expert, to prime spots not far from Aganoa.
You can fly into Apia on the island of Upolu, Samoa via Fiji Air, Virgin Samoa or Air New Zealand from many Pacific hubs such as: L.A., Honolulu, Auckland, Nadi, Sydney and Brisbane. From there, a designated surf guide from Aganoa will meet you at the airport with a van and transport you to the ferry terminal 10 minutes away. From there, it’s a quick hour-long ferry ride (with multiple crossings all day) from Upolu to Savai’i. Then another 10 minutes by van to the private beach at Aganoa Lodge.
90 minutes after landing you should be waxing up your board and receiving EXPERT instruction on where the best waves are before being transferred to them!
In 2003 veteran Pacific explorer, Keith Martin, and wife Lanuola, opened the “doors” (though there were none) to the Aganoa Beach Retreat. The operation was rustic and unassuming, but guests enjoyed a perfect beach and pristine lagoon as two world-class waves peeled just 100 meters away. For more then a decade, Aganoa remained frozen in time while the Martins raised their young family and hosted itinerant international surfers fortunate enough to have found their way to Savai’i. In 2014 the operation was re-branded Aganoa Lodge Samoa through a partnership between the Martin’s and Pegasus Lodges. Highly-versatile San Francisco-based designer, Josef Medellin, was engaged to oversee a complete refurbishment of the facility with the goal of creating an atmosphere steeped in rustic luxury; highly designed and curated yet never for a moment forgetful of its humble roots and the beautiful simplicity of the natural environment.
The best part about a trip to Aganoa are the welcoming, lovely and genuine local people. Samoans are extremely family-orientated, predominantly religious and still very traditional — Sunday being a national day of rest. In this day and age, however, the virtual Eden-like landscape of Savai’i has not changed much. Local villages are simple with various chiefs maintaining order in each township, every home has a garden, cattle and pigs roam the properties, schooling is extremely important and the population is quite happy.
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