Looking for an Island Adventure? Say hello to Samoa.


Samoa: Island Escape

Bartercard offers hundreds of accommodation package options world-wide without the cash cost.  In this issue we look at the South Pacific destination of Samoa that’s enticing travellers from around the world to soak up its sun-baked beaches and natural wonders.
In a region blessed with spectacular tropical Islands of pristine natural beauty, Samoa shines as one of the jewels of the South Pacific.  With its picture-perfect azure lagoons, lush rainforests, striking volcanic peaks and cascading waterfalls, it’s a paradise just waiting to be discovered.  If you’re looking to relax on white sands, trek to the top of extinct volcanoes, or immerse yourself in a relaxed, low-key lifestyle, then this unique destination is calling.

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Getting to know Samoa. 

Known as the capital of Polynesia, Samoa is made up of ten islands with distinct and dramatic landscapes. Upolu is the most populated, home to the bustling town of Apia (the capital) and the international airport. It’s also where you’ll discover buzzing restaurants and bars, magical markets and even a few cultural gems. The second major island, Savai’i, is Samoa’s largest, and it’s a vastly unpopulated region of striking, natural terrain.


An aquatic wonderland

Fringed by beautiful coral reefs, the islands of Samoa are a wonderland place to enjoy warm, tropical waters and some truly memorable experiences. In Upolu, you can skim down Papaseea Sliding Rocks into a freshwater pool, swim through the fish-filled grottoes of Piula Cave, enjoy a dip at the picturesque Togitogiga Falls or experience the idyllic waters of the To Sua Ocean Trench, a magical pool surrounded by foliage-covered sheer rocks. And on Savai’i, don’t miss a visit to Satoalepai village for a swim with the resident green turtles, a trek through the Falealupo rainforest to the picturesque white sand beach, or for scuba divers, the 19th century wreck of the ship, Juno. With tropical waters on every side, there's plenty of opportunity to swim, snorkel, surf or kayak your days away.

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Naturally dramatic

The water is not the only wondrous sight in Samoa. With an interior marked by volcanic craters and lush rainforest, there’s opportunity to trek to some incredible terrain in vast national parks. Enjoy a trip to the striking Alofaaga Blowholes near the village of Taga, where water jets spew hundreds of feet into the air. And to bear testament to nature’s power, pay a visit to the Saleaaula Lava Fields, home to the last remnants of a village destroyed in volcanic eruptions in 1905 and 1911.

Markets and Museums

You’d be hard pressed to ever have your fill of Samoa’s stunning natural attractions, yet for a change of pace you can visit a local village to discover the traditional Samoan way of life, or fossick for local handicrafts, jewellery, sarongs and musical instruments at the flea markets in Apia (a great destination for souvenir hunters). Another must-see is Valima, the former home of author Robert Louis Stevenson that is now open as a museum. The writer’s tomb is a short walk away at Mt Vaea, which affords glorious long-reaching views over the island.  
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Why not spend some time away in Samoa? 

Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty – why not stay on Bartercard without the cash cost?


Blending the natural beauty of the island and rich Samoan culture, Orator Hotel is designed for both business and leisure travel. An ideal place of stay for travellers seeking charm, comfort and convenience. Just 10 minutes drive from central Apia, guests can enjoy all the lively city has to offer. With superior services and a broad range of amenities, Orator Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible.


Va-i-moana (literally ‘Oceans Apart’) is Samoa’s only seaside lodge.  A unique property on the big island of Savai’i, it boasts an amazing history and an excellent reputation with tourists. A property like no other, this former home to expatriates has been developed over time to provide for all types of activities. A real treat is the offshore island - once used as an airstrip, it is now a feature of the lodge and available for guests to explore.


From humble beginnings of rustic-style accommodation, the Stevensons at Manase property has
blossomed over the years. Located on the beautiful north coast of Savai’i the area consists of white sandy beaches and fantastic snorkelling for an idyllic beach side holiday. Stevenson’s combines traditional structures with modern flair resulting in a boutique and individual style.


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