Many of our guests ask about renting a car in Samoa and if it is necessary.. We cannot stress enough how essential it is! The road to our resort is about 6km and is mainly a beach track with humps and bumps. It takes about 20 minutes. A 4 wheel drive manages the road very easily and makes coming and going a much more pleasant experience! The only other way to get to the resort from the airport is by taxi - this costs $100 WST each way for up to 4 people.
There are also lots of other places in Upolu and Savai'i that require a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Waterfalls, hikes and some of the hidden beaches to name a few where a bigger car comes in more handy and provides more comfort. Roads are quiet in Samoa but they can take longer to navigate as we are still not a developed country and have lots of pot holes and some flooding at times. Just take your time and enjoy the scenery!
There are many on-island rental companies and they all offer various size 4 wheel drive cars from the smaller Rav 4, Nissan Pajero's or even our favourite the Nissan FJ Cruiser which in our opinion is worth the extra money for the comfort and the fun ride. Prices are reasonable and they often give better rates for longer term rental (we recommend you rent for a week).
Below are some of the rental companies that you can reach out to before you arrive. They all drop the vehicles at the airport to save you getting a taxi and you can drop the car back to the airport for your departure (surcharges apply). Communicating with them is also very easy. They arrange a temporary driving license that covers you in Samoa and insurance.
Don't forget we are secluded, there are no other places within walking distance, which is amazing if you want to switch off and not leave our resort. Taxis can be arranged but are more expensive than rentals and we think its much more fun being in control of your own holiday without having to wait for 'island time' taxi bookings.
Every guest that has taken our advice and rented a car has not regretted it. Freedom to explore the beautiful islands is priceless and worth every cent!
Samoana Rentals http://www.samoana.ws/
AA Rent a Car Apia https://www.aarent-a-car.net/
Funway Rentals http://www.funwayrentals.ws/