Flights to Samoa – A Jewel on the Pacific Ocean
Samoa is one of the two countries that constitute the Samoan Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Coral reefs bordering the islands and rainforests covering the interiors make it a paradise for every nature lover. Indulge in water sports to explore the diverse underwater marine life and visit its many gorges and waterfalls. The country takes utmost pride in its history and holds its traditions close to its heart, making it an amazing cultural destination to explore.
Best time to visit Samoa
Samoa has a tropical climate through the year, with two distinct seasons – dry and wet. The dry season lasts during the months of May through October, while the wet season lasts from November to March. The temperatures remain moderate at all times of the year. The best time to visit Samoa is from June to September when the weather remains comfortable to explore the beaches of this island country.
How to reach Samoa
There are no direct international flights between the major cities of India to Samoa. However, you can opt for connecting flights to reach Faleolo International Airport, Samoa. Singapore Airlines, Air India, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Jet Airways, and Malaysia Airlines are the international airlines which fly this route. Airport shuttle buses and taxis are available from the airport terminal to the city center.
Accommodation in Samoa
Apia offers a decent number of extravagant resorts for a luxurious stay. Their price ranges from INR 8,000 to INR 15,000. They cater to the equipment requirements for divers and surfers as well. If you wish to explore Samoa on a budget, then you should opt for a waterfront accommodation. Do not miss staying in a ‘fale’, when in Samoa. It is an open-sided, thatched-roofed hut along the beach.
Sightseeing in Samoa
With the endless expanse of beaches such as Return to Paradise Beach and dense forests, Samoa has been gifted with abundant natural beauty. The gateway to Savai’i, Salelologa offers amazing shopping options for art and craft lovers. Beaches and volcanoes at Savai’i, accompanied by turtle watching and surfing are an experience of a lifetime. The little town also has a village, Lano, towards the north-eastern part. Lalomanu is a great destination to enjoy the gushing waves and exciting water sports. O le Pupu-Pue National Park, with its biodiversity, waterfalls, hiking options, and Pe’ape’a Lava Tube Caves, are destinations to explore for their unmatched natural beauty. Papapapaitai falls, at crossroad islands, offers a spectacular view. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, which was the notable poet’s home during the last years of his life, is a popular landmark in the country. Trekking and hiking are best when done at Mount Vaea.
Adventure sports fanatics must visit Maninoa, for the amazing windsurfing, water surfing, and snorkeling sites there. Apia, the capital city of Samoa, portrays a brilliant blend of pristine beaches, shopping, and vibrant nightlife.
Must-buys in Samoa
Samoa is famous across the Pacific region for its handicrafts. Pandanus fiber-woven baskets, mats, and bags make for great souvenirs to take home. Coconut shell jewelry, local lava-lava (sarong), beautifully carved ‘ava bowls, and Siapo (Samoan tapa) include other interesting buys from the country.
Eating out in Samoa
Samoan cuisine is influenced by Chinese and European cooking traditions. Dishes such as Umu (Oven-pit-baked-food), Sapasui (chop suey), and Puligi (pudding) are a part of the authentic Samoan cuisine. Coconut cream is an essential ingredient used in most dishes. However, each dish has its own distinct flavor, making the country’s cuisine unique and diverse.
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Samoa?
From India, Singapore Airlines offers the cheapest airfares.
•What is the time difference between India and Samoa?
Samoa is 8 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India.
•What is the average time taken to reach Apia from major Indian cities?
Delhi to Apia – 23 hours 20 minutes
Mumbai to Apia – 25 hours 05 minutes
Chennai to Apia – 21 hours and 40 minutes
Bangalore to Apia – 25 hours and 45 minutes
•Which are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Samoa?
Major layover airports for connecting flights to Apia from Delhi are Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Kuala Lumpur.
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