Situated in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, five-and-a-half hours from both Hawaii and Australia, Aganoa Lodge Samoa is located on the lesser known island of Savai’i, Samoa.
Savai'i is the biggest landmass in Polynesia outside Hawaii and New Zealand.
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.
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.
In 2014 the operation was re-branded Aganoa Lodge Samoa through a partnership between the Martin’s and Pegasus Lodges. San Francisco designer Josef Medellin was engaged to oversee a complete refurbishment of the facility – one that was highly designed and curated yet never forgetful of its humble roots and the beautiful simplicity of the natural environment
One of the most memorable things 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, 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, education is highly valued, and the population is harmonious and happy.