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Touring Savaii by bike is a combination of camping, cycling, snorkelling and cultural feast. Cycle for 2-4 hours in the morning, swim all afternoon, relax in the informal bars (if you can stay awake) in the evenings.
The main road around the Island is sealed. There are a couple of unsealed minor roads that are worth visiting, but they have reasonable surfaces for cycling. A tour of the island involves about 200kms of riding spread over 4-6 days. It pays to allow a few more days at the best beaches for more snorkelling
There is a great network offales around the Island. These are located right on the beach and are more like a permanent tent than a cabin. They generally have thatched roofs, wooden floors, matting sidesand sleep two. Prices are about 70 Tala per person including dinner and breakfast.
The snorkelling available at all the fale beaches is very good, with extensive coral gardens and tropical fish within the safety of the reef. Experienced swimmers can also venture beyond the reef.
Biking is a great way to meet the locals and to observe life. Join a womens weaving group, visit a Tapa maker, chat to store owners, plantation workers and fishermen.
Savaii is 90 minutes by ferry from the western tip of Upolu (the smaller but most populous island). It's about an hour by bus (3 Tala) from Apia to the ferry terminal (or a two hour ride on a busy road).
Touring bikes need fatter tyres to cope with the uneven surfaces. Most people use mountain bikes as skinny tired road bikes are not really suitable. Suitable cycles can now be hired in Samoa.
Snorkelling gear cannot be bought on Savaii and is not always available at the Fales. Bring your own.