I'm travelling to Samoa in July with my sister and 2 teenagers (16 & 12) and was wondering where to go and stay? We will be in Samoa for 11 nights and have booked 3 nights in Apia (directly after arriving) and will probably use Apia as a "base" to see main attractions; i.e Papapapai-tai falls, Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Apia Markets, the Sliding Rocks etc. We plan to travel around the island/s via bus and stay in budget accomodation (no problems with fales). We are obviously keen on snorkelling and the cultural aspects of Samoa, and (to a lesser extend) the natural attractions- though not walks which are too long/strenuous (as we are with a 12 year).
Following Apia we're free to travel around for 8 nights; though will probably stay at Lalomanu Beach for 3/4 nights. Can anyone suggest if its worthwhile travelling to Savaii, or is spending the entire time on Upolu just as fulfilling in visiting? Other than Apia and Lalomanu Beach, where else (inluding accomodation sites/beaches) do people recommend visiting?
Also, is Manomo Island worth visiting and staying on for a couple of nights?