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“Nothing like expected”

Tisa's Barefoot Bar
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Pago Pago
Certificate of Excellence
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nothing like expected”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This bar is actually set above the beach. The beach being very dangerous to snorkel off as it has a bad rip! The food was also expensive for what we got. We were disappointed as reviews had said it was awesome - go about 300m further down the road to $2 beach - so much better!

Visited April 2014
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Tujunga, California
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“Glad we stayed with the tour”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We were part of a tour off a cruise ship and are we glad we booked the whole tour. After reading some of the reviews that suggested just taking the bus to Tisa's to save money and have a seat at Tisa's, some cancelled out of our tour and, has been pointed out, were directed to another location. They not only missed the tour and Candy's interesting travelogue but also lunch at Tisa's. We, the members of the tour group, enjoyed Tisa's all to our selves - Tisa demonstrating weaving palm leaves, the umu lunch (all that was advertised) a musician playing island music, the beach (the water was almost uncomfortably warm)...Candyman (Candy Mann) was our tour guide on the bus and displayed his love of Samoa and it's culture as we drove around the island. The bus was an island bus so don't expect air-conditioned urban comfort - you're on a tropical island - enjoy the experience.
We did not find anyone pushing Tisa artifacts and in fact I had to ask if a CD was for sale and also about the t-shirts.

Visited April 2014
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Kissimmee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice day”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Pretty much agree with previous reviews, if you want a tour with informative narrative ask for Tisa or Candy to guide you. Caution to those thinking they can take the taxi or bus and get the same experience at the bar. We had a tour of 50+ prearranged from our cruise ship and she closed the beach/bar to only our group and sent those showing up by taxi/bus to another location. The traditional umu dinner was as billed and delightful unless you are unadventurous. Cost of the tour for our group was $75 pp. Definitely recommend this tour.

Visited April 2014
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Newport Beach, California
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13 reviews
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“Loved Tisa's place”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Even though there was a storm the night before and we were unable to swim or snorkel, we had a wonderful afternoon with Tisa and candy man. Wonderful lunch and Piña Coladas

Visited March 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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232 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“Tsk tsk Tisa!”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

To see Tisa’s Barefoot Bar, the smart people take the local bus for US$2 each way, pay US$5 to use the beach and US$13 for lunch (plus drinks of course) – total US$22. The not-so-bright ones amongst us contact Tisa in advance by email, hand over the credit card details and sign up for a US$75 each, “five hour” tour including 3 photo stops, use of the beach and lunch.

There were 6 of us from the cruise ship who had booked on Tisa’s 5 hour tour. When we arrived at the dock, there was much confusion as they only had 4 people on their list. Tisa’s chocolate brown bus had already been booked out (the guide pointed it out to me, full of people, as it went by) so there was only a twin cab taxi ute for 6 people. There was no suggestion of getting another taxi: the guide decided that the two sixty year old men could clamber into the rear tray and take the tour backwards. No seats or cushions of course - just sitting on the tray (although I must admit it was suggested that we share a slab of cardboard). I suspected the guide didn’t know where he was going on the fourth time past the fish factory. No commentary at all – just a lot of exhaust fumes when going uphill – until we arrived at the three photo stops. We’d left the dock at 8 am and arrived at Tisa’s Bar at about 10 am (must have something to do with “island time”). The tide was out and the current was strong but we went snorkelling anyway, trying desperately to find something to look at. Pina Coladas at the bar were US$8 each. Lunch was fried banana, a chicken leg, a sausage and some green salad on a banana leaf.

When I complained about the transport, Candyman conferred with Tisa and gave me $20 off. The other guy in the back of the ute said nothing and so received no discount. I made sure I was in the front of the ute on the way back.

It’s a pretty spot but definitely not worth the Tisa price and the “tour” is very disorganised. Next time I’ll take the bus.

Visited November 2013
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