Savai’i: the big island
It is a short 90 minute Ferry ride to the island of Savai’i, located north west of Upolu. The Samoa Shipping Corporation sails from Mulifanua Wharf in western Upolo to Salelologa in south eastern Savai’i. It is easiest to purchase tickets from the SSC office in Apia, as opposed to booking online, and we had no problem getting the trip we wanted. We boarded the Lady Samoa III, parked our rental car in the bottom deck, and sat in the covered main deck where we enjoyed a kung-fu movie and orange fanta.
We booked a beach fale at Lusia’s Lagoon Chalet, located in an ancient rainforest, that was as beautiful as it was, um, crawling with local wildlife. If bugs are not your thing, then the lagoon may not be for you, but if you can handle a few (hundred) mosquito/ant (or something looking like a mosquito crossed with an ant) bites then the lagoon is a beautiful place to relax and stuff yourself with mini-bananas.
Lusia’s has its own pier you can jump off of into the turquoise water below, swim, drink some wine, and repeat. Our only advice would be to bring your own sunscreen, as the only one sold on the island seems to have an opposite effect, and a mini-tube of hydrocortisone cream for the tropical rash you are sure to develop. You can circle the island by car in one day and the trip gives you a deeper understanding of how villages are laid out and what local life truly looks like.