Samoa Photography Tour day by day information

The details for next years trip. Bus plus Cycling option. Matareva Resort for 4 nights? Image above.

13 days on the Sunny Isles of Samoa.

This will be a small group of keen photographers with the emphasis is on enjoying ourselves and making the most of the photo opportunities in a very relaxing environment.

Costs - $3960 NZD per person
Single accommodation (please note this is only where available) is an extra $170NZD per person over the whole tour.
Included: All accommodation while on tour, transport, ferry, breakfast, dinner and lunch where indicated. All tuition from me if needed, an experienced, patient & knowledgeable teacher.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, dinner and lunches unless indicated, additional tours and customary fees (these can range from 5 to 20 Tala), alcohol, snacks, soft drinks etc or room upgrades (if available).

Accommodation Notes over all:
The fales we stay in can be best thought of as comfortable camping style. They have good waterproof roofs, solid wooden floors, matting sides, mosquito nets, bedding and mattresses. Bathrooms are generally shared and dining is usually from a limited or set menu. The locations and the hospitality often make these the magic nights of the trip.
Motel standard accommodation provides motel/hotel like rooms generally with ensuite facilities and fans - maybe even air conditioning if luck is with you.

Most accommodation is shared unless you have requested single accommodation (additional $170). While we do our best to accommodate this please be aware at some venues single rooms, even if promised, may not be possible.

An approximate cost for meals is 25-30 Tala, not including drinks. There will be approximately 8 lunches and 2 evening meals to pay for. 
Other costs may include WiFi where available, (approx 20 Tala for 2 hours) also the water is not safe to drink so bottled water has to be bought.

The trip day by day: Details to be updated shortly for 2019 trip, I plan to arrive in Samoa on the 1st of June, spend 2 nights in Matarava resort on Opulu Island, a chance to meet everyone and acclimatize to the Samoan weather and hospitality. We will after two day head and get our bikes, then hope on the ferry fort he 90mn ride to Savaii.  electric bikes available addition cost for these to be advised.

Once we land we will find somewhere for lunch then head up the island to Lano for our first night. head to Lano for the night.

Next day head to Manase for two nights. On the way we can stop at the Lava church and the Peapea caves. This can also be a good place to swim with the turtles in the reef.

Then onto Vaimoana resort for 3 nights, we will visit various locations while we stay here, even venture out to the island inside the reef for a swim or Kayak. A great place to relax and enjoy the Samoan hospitality.

We will then head round the top of the island to Satuiatua. Along the wild coast line down this side of the island we have a lot less villages and more Jungle.

Next day to Salelologa( ferry terminal.), we will stay at Lusia"s enjoy a swim in the beautiful water or a beer on the jetty.

Next day onto the ferry for the  90min return trip to Opulu, then drop the bikes off and head to Materava for the last two days.

Fly home.



  • Can I use my credit card in Samoa - Bring CASH, fold up notes, (Approx: US dollar worth 2.2 tala, Kiwi dollar 1.6 tala) easier to exchange to Tala when in Samoa. Some places and ATMs accept Master card and Visa, however they don't always work and will include a fee, cash is easier.


  • Is there a departure tax to leave Samoa - NO departure tax.


  • Are there any poisonous insects etc - No poisonous beasties on Samoa, there are Mozzies but not a problem if you bring plenty of insect repellent and anti histamine if you have allergies.


  • Is it hot - Yes it is, we try to do all the travelling in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. Day temperature ranges from mid 20s to mid 30 degrees C.


  • Is it Safe - We have now done four trips to Savaii Island and never had any trouble, and have always felt safe. The people of Savaii are friendly and helpful. Dogs on Savaii are usually well trained however sometimes there is an exception to the rule but we have never had a problem with them.


  • Are there hot showers - Most places the showers are just cold water, however the water is not too cold as nothing is unless in the fridge, Lusia's Lagoon does have hot showers.


  • Is it Safe to Swim - You are inside the reef at all the places we stay, snorkeling is interesting and a great place to give it a go. Water is warm and lovely to sit and relax in.


  • Do we need Vaccinations - Tetanus is advised. Malaria is not considered a problem. W.H.O. says the risk for diphtheria, mumps, measles, rubella and polio are of no greater risk in Samoa than they would be at home.


"I am a part time photographer and a part time cyclist looking for adventure.

Scott’s Samoa trip was great, - enough cycling and walking opportunities to satisfy my need to keep active and photo opportunities galore – people, landscapes, nature, food etc. The trip was organised but flexible enough to cater for individual needs. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute (well, maybe not all of the hills J). Immersion in a very different culture amongst the tropical landscape, warm weather and friendly Samoans will be a lasting memory. Scott is a great host, top photographer and very willing to share all of his tips and tricks – its all there for the asking. He is great to travel with. I thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone who wants something a bit different – you wont be disappointed. Thanks Scott"
Sharlene Evans

"Samoa - untouched unspoiled a photographers dream. This cycle/ photography trip included a sense of adventure capturing the essence of Samoan life as we cycled through villages with children shouting hello to us and bye bye. Who can resist those big brown eyes !!!
Samoa is not for those that can't live without their coffee fix its very rustic down to earth Island living and hot. A beautiful time so many reminders of humanity and just being grateful for life. Go challenge yourself you won't regret it." Heidi Anderson

"I am a novice cyclist and had never been to Samoa.  I wanted a hot holiday in an exotic destination with some photography and exercise included.  This tour definitely satisfied my needs on all those points.  Scott is a very caring tour leader as well as being a patient photography tutor.  Knowing that I was not an experienced cyclist, he kept his eye on me while we were cycling and gave me lots of useful advice.  We cycled about half the time.  We also enjoyed just being tourists, making photos, swimming, kayaking, enjoying the tropical paradise and the local food, walking to local markets and meeting the wonderful friendly Samoan people who were all happy to have their photographs taken.  Scott freely shared many useful travel photography tips.  I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to travel to a tropical paradise with a small group of like-minded people" - Barbara Burry Christchurch, NZ.

"Scott Fowler Photography” shall take no responsibility or liability for personal or property damage/loss during the duration of the Workshop, or be liable for any Airline tickets.

"Scott Fowler Photography” reserves the right to cancel Workshops one month prior to commencement if numbers are insufficient or due to unforeseen circumstances. Airfares will not be refunded. Travel insurance is recommended.

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