Savai’i is Samoa’s largest island but only 24% of the population lives here. It is less developed than Upolu and is a backpackers favorite due to its numerous budget beach fales. We hopped on a ferry from Mulifanua Wharf to Salelologa for only 12 Tala, and rode up to Manase Beach on a public bus. Our home for the next few days was Janes Beach Fales which was priced right at only 70 Tala per person including breakfast and dinner. We rented a car for the day to explore the island and highlights included: swimming with green turtles at Satoalepai village, walking through the Saleaula lava ruins, jumping into Afu Aau waterfall, checking out the Alofaaga blowholes, and crawling through Peapea lava cave. Manase was the perfect place to call home for a few nights with its lovely beach. We originally wanted to stay at Lano Beach (Joelan Beach Fales) as well but a heavy downpour dissuaded us from sleeping there because the fales are built right on the beach and are super exposed to the elements. Oh well, maybe next time!
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