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Spending money

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Spending money

I know the answer to my question can be vary varied but will ask it anyway.

We are off to Samoa on August 26th for 11 nights. All accommodation is booked,

All cater for breakfast. (2 nights at a fale so that includes dinner too).

We have a $200 tala credit for our hotel at seabreeze. (staying 5 nights)

3 nights at Savalli lagoon Resort.

Now we want to do a mixture of relaxing, and exploring. Rough guide on how much money we should take?

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1. Re: Spending money

Hi Kiwi girl,

We spent 10 nights at Upolo and spent a total of $1200 AUD this included all of our meals (we didn't have any included in our accommodation), spending money on exploring and souvenirs to take home. Bit hard to estimate how much you'll spend as everyone, as we all know, likes to have differing types of holidays. $200 tala credit should get you a few meals at Seabreeze (obviously depends on how much you drink). We had a meal there. There was five of us with five main courses, 3 beers, 2 cokes and 2 glasses of wine all for WST $203. Bargain! Just make sure you have a few small notes and/or coins with you for the touring 'donations'.

Hope you enjoy Samoa as much as we did.

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2. Re: Spending money

We fly out 25th arrive 26th :)

We are taking 1800 Tala (cash) for 2 adults and will have $1200NZD back up in card.

We are going for 12 nights and staying in fales so all breakfasts and dinner are provided along with one lunch.

Our most expensive activities are the snorkeling trip with dive Savai'i and the day trip to one of the smaller islands which are less then 80Tala per person each.

Most of the sights we are going to cost around 5 -15 Tala per person

We are not hiring a car so will be using taxi's and buses, We got some good deals threw our accommodation to have a taxi driver as a guide while on Savaii (for example on day one it is 120 Tala for 3 adults to be picked up from wharf and dropped at our accommodation on the other side of island; while stopping at all the sights we want along the way- waterfalls,blowholes,canopy walk)

I have heard meal prices depend on where you go we allocated around 15tala to eat out for lunch every second day, the rest of the time will be food we have taken in luggage or bought from market.

enjoy your trip

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A final count up of money spent

an average of 130 tala per day- that is $73nzd .

This includes everything except the flights.

Accommodation , food, drink, transport, about 4 taxi tours and 1 car rental

this is a copy and paste from -Aba Samoa

She has been updating us on her trip to Samoa via Facebook.

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4. Re: Spending money

We spent about $200 tala per day while at Savaii Lagoon Resort for two adults. The people we met who stayed at Seabreeze said it was a bit more expensive - eg 40 tala for pasta for lunch, so you might need to budget a bit more for there.

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5. Re: Spending money

Malo lava

Depending on what you want to do I'd allow up to 250 tala a day to include entry fees into sight-seeing places, lunches and dinners inside and hotel of your accommodation, drinks, souvenirs, taxis if your not hiring a car etc.

It's probably best to be over budget and not get any surprises that leave you short.

Have a wonderful trip.

Manuia le aso


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6. Re: Spending money

I wouldn't recommend you "take" any money at all, but instead get cash from an ATM as needed. Your hotel and restaurant meals can be paid for by credit card. When traveling, always best not to have a lot of cash on your person or stashed in your hotel room, and in Samoa it's very easy to make use of ATMs for withdrawals - and the rate is very competitive.

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