The level of serious crime is low, but incidents of petty theft are fairly common. Don’t leave your belongings unattended. Use hotel safes for passports and valuables.
Samoa switched to driving on the left in 2009. As many vehicles have steering wheels on the left, you should take care when driving on the roads. Observe speed limits strictly.
You should avoid driving at night out of built-up areas. Vehicle safety regulations are not consistently enforced and traffic violations occur routinely. Roads in Samoa often cross small streams. Take care when crossing these streams.
Tide changes can produce powerful currents in ocean lagoons. Take local advice before swimming. Fatal accidents have occurred at popular beaches.