Hi all. My hubby and I are heading to Samoa for 2 weeks in July. The first week will be aussie school holiday time, not sure if this makes a difference in Samoa as far as accommodation goes? Anyway, we are middle aged, quiet people, my husband loves to surf and we both love to snorkel, and we are wanting to stay in smaller places, but most of the recommended places appear to cater for larger crowds i.e. many fales close together, giant dining rooms etc. We like our privacy and would like more of a secluded setting. We will hire a car for our stay and will see both islands, saving Savaii for the last week preferably. I tried to find some info on Vavau fales, but couldnt....are they finished? Virgin Cove was another choice. Are there any other smaller, more private type places along the south coast of Upolu? Another place we would like to spend a few days is at the western end of Savaii, maybe Asau/Vaisala. Or around Satuiatua area, any recommendations for places there? We like the look of Lusia's Chalets, but is it actually on a beach or on some inland waterway? And at that time of the year, should we pre book? As much as we don't like restricting ourselves to bookings, we don't want to end up with nowhere to stay!
As for car rental, do any of the companies provide roof racks for surfboards or do we just take shorter boards and hope they fit in a Sante Fe or Tuscon or similar??
Thank you all for ANY help planning our trip :)