Samoa is hot, the average temperature is 86F, and the water is 77F. The cold-water showers at many of the fale accommodations come as a relief
There are few places left in the world that can actually be considered exotic. The independent country of Samoa formerly known as Western Samoa and should not to be confused for American Samoa which is one of them.
The tiny archipelago is far from anywhere in the South Pacific, and is a place of sugar-soft beaches, people dressed in sarongs (called lava lavas here), intriguing traditional dances, and little evidence that this is the 21 century.
Still, it’s safe, welcoming, and ultimately not all that hard to get to (a 5.5-hour flight from Honolulu or 3.5 hours from Auckland).
While Samoa has long been a beach-flop destination for a few New Zealanders and Australians, it doesn’t register that high on the international radar. However, word is getting out and American brands are starting to setting up shop. There are two new Sheraton Resorts in the capital and near the international airport, and a few new smaller establishments.
Even with the growth, it’s common to have one of those white beaches all to yourself. That’s especially true on Savai’i, the less populated of the two main islands, with just 42,000 people on about 650 square miles, and no big resorts.