Getting around Samoa
Polynesian Airlines (PH) (website: www.polynesianairlines.com) operates daily flights from Faleolo on Upolu to Maota and Asau on Savai'i. Charter and sightseeing flights are available.
Side of road:Left
Drivers should be alert, especially at night, to the hazard of roaming pigs, dogs and people.
Car hire: Available from several agencies. Deposit and insurance are usually required. Bicycles and motor scooters are also available.
Taxi: Cheap and readily available in Apia. They are not metered and prices should be negotiated in advance. There is a minimum charge of St$2. Longer trips are at a higher rate but are government regulated.
Regulations: Speed limits are 40kph (25mph) within the Apia area and 56kph (35mph) outside the Apia area.
Documentation: An International Driving Permit for drivers over 21 years of age or a valid national licence. The Transport Ministry issues a local licence for a small fee. An International Driving Permit is required for car hire.
There are passenger/vehicle ferries between Upolu (Apia) and Savai'i (journey time - 1 hour 5 minutes). Check with Samoa Shipping Corporation (tel: 209 356/6; website: www.samoashipping.com) for up-to-date schedules.