You are looking for hostels in Samoa? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Samoa hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Samoa.
We list every single hostel in Samoa and the world. In total, we have 6 cities in Samoa for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Samoa. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Samoa is a country in the South Pacific Ocean, approximately halfway between Hawai’i and New Zealand. Up until 1997, it was known as Western Samoa and is not to be confused with American Samoa, although both island chains are within the same archipelago. The two main islands are Savai'i and Upolu; there are four smaller islands nearby. The capital city of Samoa is Apia. The Samoan Islands are a Commonwealth country, under Crown rule, although they are independent, and only came under Crown rule in the 1970 after independence from New Zealand took effect in 1962.
Samoa was first inhabited around 3,000 years ago by the Lapita people. The archaeological record supports the idea that prehistoric Samoans, Fijians, and Tongan not only traded and interacted but also intermarried. There were also close ties to the Filipino colonies. Even now, Samoa is considered the geographic and cultural heart of Polynesia.
The main international airport in Samoa is Faleolo International Airport. It is 40km west of Apia, on Upolu. Flights arrive from New Zealand, Hawai’i, Australia, Fiji, Pago Pago, and other, smaller destinations. Once in Faleolo, take the bus into Apia. There will also be taxi drivers waiting to take you; if you choose to do so, bargain with them on price before you get in. To get around the islands, just catch a local ferry.
The currency in Samoa is the Samoan tala. The main economy is agriculture and fishing, although many are reliant on family remittance from overseas and development aid. Tourism is a growing industry which now accounts for 25% of the GDP, and it is only expected to grow.
The climate in Samoa is equatorial/monsoonal. The rainy seasons occurs from November to April. The average temperature is between 24-30 degrees Celsius. Savai’i is the largest Polynesian island after New Zealand’s three and Hawai’i and Maui.
Budget accommodation in Samoa can be found across the islands. Traditional, European-style hostels are rare, but you may find a guesthouse, bed and breakfast, or inn for near the same price as a backpackers hostel. There are very few resorts on Samoa, so many travellers consider Samoa to be authentic and unspoilt. The inns, lodges, and guesthouses offer the same communal atmosphere of a hostel.
Once you have your accommodation sorted, you can explore this stunning paradise. Samoans still observe the fa’a Samoa, or the traditional Samoan way - in both culture and politics. Despite the influence of the Brits and Germans on Samoa, the islands retain their language, historical customs, and social and political systems. Many Samoans converted to Christianity after missionaries began arriving in the 1930s, but the ancient beliefs live alongside Christianity, especially in regard to the rituals and customs of fa’a Samoa.
Samoa is an intensely beautiful country. The lush forests and cerulean seas are picturesque and the cascading falls and coral reefs are worth exploring in detail. In the hot months, head straight to Papase’a Sliding Rocks, a mere 6km out of Apia and well-signposted, to take a dip in the refreshing waters. Apia is the main city, and there is plenty to do in town. Outside of town, visit the many villages, cultural icons, burial mound, and more that dot the landscape. Literature lovers can visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, in his old Victorian villa off Cross Island Road near Apia. Be sure to hike through the Mt Vaea Scenic reserve to his gravesite at the top of the hill.
Lastly, do not miss the To Soa Ocean Trench swimming hole in Eastern Upolu. With that in mind, enjoy Samoa!
Handwritten by local expert for Samoa hostels Jakob Lombardi
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There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Samoa here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.