AGANOA LODGE SAMOA PACKAGE DETAILS AND FAQs
When it comes to an unforgettable, topical getaway for surfers and non-surfers alike, we think we've got you covered. With that said, here are some helpful package inclusions and FAQs regarding what to expect upon your reservation and stay with us in Samoa.
We understand getting to a remote paradise can be a daunting and difficult task without some local knowledge and assistance. Rest assured that as a part of your reservation we will provide safe, timely transfers from the airport door - to the door of your private Fale.
- Meet and greet at Apia Airport including porters
- Transfer to Sheraton Samoa Aggie Greys Hotel or Aganoa Lodge Samoa (depending on arrival time)
- Apia transfer to Ferry Terminal (Short drive to Ferry Terminal + 1 hour ferry ride)
- Transfer from Ferry Terminal in Savai'i to Aganoa Lodge Samoa (Short 10 minute drive)
- Return transfers to Apia airport or Apia Hotel
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 either in our on-site organic hydroponic facility or in the gardens of nearby villages.
The recipes at Aganoa have been tailored to provide an authentic Samoan culinary experience, while the chosen ingredients emphasize fresh, healthy, super food / performance enhancing nourishment to maintain peak energy levels during the adventure.
Should you have special dietary requirements please lets us know in advance and we are more than happy to cater specifically for them.
Breakfast (served 7.00am to 10.30am; after 10.30am, fruit and cereals available):
Breakfast is served in the Main House dining area and includes everything from fresh fruit and various grains, to hot foods and traditional Samoan breakfast options.
Lunch (served 12.00 to 2.00pm):
A casual affair served after guests return from the morning surf session. Lunch options will include hearty, nourishing, fresh proteins with abundant sides.
Sunset Bar Snacks:
We have built a tradition across the years of serving fresh seafood snacks around sunset drinks time, or when guests return from the last surf session; all fresh from the local fishermen. Nothing tastes better than a snack and a cold beer after a day surfing.
Dinner (served 7.00pm to late):
A sit-down affair and highlight of the day. Dinners will surprise and delight your taste buds and take you on an adventure through the regional influences of our chef and his team.
Generally a hand-prepared sweet of some type. Everything from ice-cream through to banana cake, chocolate mud cake, carrot cake and preserved fruits in glazes. We swear it’s a crime but often guests are not able to make it through to dessert from the main meal, and they require that the dessert be refrigerated for a midnight snack.
Delicious beverages such as fresh fruit juices, fresh coconuts, coffee, tea, and spring water are complimentary and always available.
Soda, beer, wine and a full service bar are available as well at a nominal cost.
Additional inclusive features and services
- Surfboard Repair
- Ping-pong Table
- Extensive Book Library
- Stand Up Paddle Boards
- Bike, Hiking, Waterfall, Blowhole, Eco, & Cultural Tours
- EXPERT Western Surf Guides with 30+ Years of Local Experience
- Sea Kayaks
- Bocce Ball
- Board Games
- Snorkeling Gear
- Fishing Equipment
- Yoga Pavilion
Optional FEATURES AND SERVICES
Aganoa Lodge is equipped with a full-service bar offering everything from beer and hand-crafted cocktails to fresh, tropical smoothies. Open from noon until 10pm.
Apparel / Equipment
A range of luxury surf specific products are available at the lodge on arrival or pre-order prior to your arrival.
We offer full photographic service. Guests who wish to reserve a photo package can do so at time of booking or upon arrival at the lodge.
Bar and restaurant areas of Aganoa Lodge feature BlueZone Wi-Fi access. Also your cell phone will get a signal in most areas for data and internet usage.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the general health & safety situation in Samoa?
Samoa is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, boasting a low crime rate, no terrorist activity, and very few diseases to worry about. However, we still recommend that you apply the same common sense approach to your health and safety as you would at home, by not leaving valuables unattended, and investing in both travel insurance and a basic travel first aid kit.
What documents do I need to take?
- A passport with at least six months of validity remaining and one other form of identification.
- Visitors to Samoa are not required to obtain an entry permit for stays of less than 60 days. Visitors must have a return or onward ticket and passports must be valid for six months or more at the time of entry into the country.
- Travel insurance information.
- In case you misplace any vital documents you should also carry a back-up photocopy of your passport, I.D, and airline ticket with you at all times. It doesn’t hurt to leave another copy at home as well!
Is Cash Accepted at Aganoa Lodge?
No, cash is accepted on site. Please plan to pay all final charges via credit card or bank transfer. All bills must be settled prior to departure. Aganoa Lodge accepts only Visa and MasterCard. You may wish to have a small amount of cash on hand in Samoan Tala or credit card for personal telephone calls, additional meals, snacks & drinks in transit or transit accommodation.
Do I have to pay a departure tax?
No. Departure taxes are included in all airfare.
Do I need to take any vaccinations / immunizations before I fly to Samoa?
No vaccinations are required to enter Samoa unless you are arriving from, or transiting through, an area infected with yellow fever within 6 days.
What is check-in time?
Available at 9am on the start of your trip.
What is check-out time?
Guests generally check-out around noon but arrangements can be made to check-out much later in the day depending on your next destination, keeping in mind the last ferry typically leaves at 4pm.
What are bar hours and appropriate dress for the bar?
Bar hours are Noon to 10pm, extended hours are available subject to staffing. Men should wear a t-shirt and women should wear a lavalava (sarong), pants or shorts and a t-shirt while in the lounge/bar.
All rooms are equipped with hi-speed wall/floor fans which provide ample cooling during the day or evening.
Grocery Stores on the island?
A number of grocery stores are available to purchase snacks and drinks if needed as well as basic supplies.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Guests can bring alcohol duty free up to two-litres of alcohol (Wine or liquor) and 200 cigarettes per person. If you would like to indulge in your alcohol in the bar area, we require a $10 corkage fee.
Due to medical or personal reasons I follow a special diet. Can you accommodate this?
Yes, with prior notification (minimum four weeks) we can accommodate most dietary requests.
Do I need to bring my own laptop?
Should you need to work while you are in our Samoan paradise, we strongly recommend you bring your own laptop or tablet.
Light summer clothing is appropriate all year round and packing a light sweater for the cooler evenings is recommended. As Samoa has a strong cultural structure and Christian faith, visitors are asked not to wear bathing suits in Apia or in villages.
Nude and topless (for women) swimming or sunbathing is prohibited and when leaving the beach to venture into the villages, guests are asked to wear a lavalava (sarong), pants or shorts and t-shirt. If attending church on Sunday, women are asked to wear a dress or blouse and skirt and men trousers and shirt.
Surfing on Sundays?
Sunday is generally respected as a holy day and most shops and businesses are closed. You should not walk through villages on Sundays. Surfing is not allowed in Samoa on Sundays. However, because of Aganoa’s private beach location, Aganoa is the only surfing spot that allows surfing and available exclusively to our guests. Guests will also be able to snorkel, SUP or use the Sea Kayaks on Sunday. A lunch feast will be served on Sunday’s called Toanai.
Cell Phone Service?
Digicel and Bluesky are Samoa's main telecommunications provides. Both offer extensive coverage. Prepaid SIM cards are available at Faleolo International Airport and around Apia as well as in Savai’i. If you would like to purchase a prepaid phone for your visit, please let a staff member know.
How many boards should I bring?
If you do not wish to use any of our boards, it is entirely up to you as there will be no space limitations on the ferry or onsite at Aganoa. We can provide you with pre-trip advice on the best board for the local conditions. Please don’t hesitate to ask. Remember to bring 1 x extra leg ropes and a couple blocks of tropical surf wax.
What is the main language?
Language: English is widely understood and spoken in the capital, Apia, as well as in many tourist resorts. However, it is less commonly understood in the villages, so learning a few words of Samoan can really help.
Where is the closest hospital?
The main hospital Malietoa Tanumafili II (M.T.II) Hospital in Savaii is approximately a 25 minute drive from Aganoa and they have doctors on duty 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Can I eat the coconuts?
Yes! If you would every like a fresh coconut to drink or eat, please tell the staff, the will prepare one for you.
Tell me about insect borne diseases.
There is no risk of catching malaria in Samoa, but there are occasional outbreaks of dengue fever. Dengue fever is transmitted by a daytime-biting mosquito, and travelers are recommended to apply a tropical strength insect repellent to avoid the risk of transmission, and to make your time here more comfortable.
What is the quality of water like in Samoa?
The water in Samoa is generally safe to drink, although we recommend that travelers purchase bottled water, which is widely available.
Can you give me an idea of how many other people I’ll be surfing with?
Our aim is to spend the majority of our trips surfing with just the people staying at the lodge (maximum 8 surfers). This is not always possible, but there are plenty of waves in this area and due to our extensive experience we know how to be in the right place at the right time. While it’s inevitable that we’ll come across other surfers from time to time, rest assured you will get plenty of waves.
Still have more questions?
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