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Manono
Travel Guide

Explore the historical treasures of this tranquil Samoan island paradise where the only sounds are the lapping of the waves and the rustle of palm leaves overhead. 

Manono is the third-largest island in Samoa, but even at a leisurely pace, a walk around Manono’s perimeter will take little more than 2 hours. So, take your time choosing your favourite beach and cool down in the tranquil lagoons or nap under the shade of a palm grove. Extend your walk by exploring the island’s interior, where archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered. If you have time to spend the night here, sleep in a fale, a traditional hut, and eat traditional food prepared by the welcoming locals.

Manono measures just 3 square kilometres (1 square mile).With a population of less than a thousand people, spread between four sleepy fishing villages, this island is the perfect place to come to if you are hoping to find true peace and quiet. Cars, bicycles and even dogs and horses are banned on the island. Electricity was only introduced in 1995 but it doesn’t seem to have affected the traditional way of life a great deal yet.

Explore rock pools in empty coves at low tide and swim in the clear waters of the lagoon at high tide. Bring mask, fins and snorkel to dive beneath the water and see the colourful fish and coral species in this protected marine environment.

Make sure you also visit Manono’s historical sites. At the top of the island’s highest mountain, the 360-foot (110-metre) Mount Tulimanuiva, you’ll find the ancient 12-pointed star. Head to the village of Lepuiai to see the Grave of 99 Stones. Each of the stones is said to represent one of the wives of Vaovasa, an ancient chief.

Get to Manono by taking the ferry from Manono-uta on Upolu Island. The journey takes about 20 minutes. You can easily see all the sites in a day, but if the clear waters and serene atmosphere have an irresistible appeal to you, then arrange with a local to stay a night or two in a traditional, open-air fale. Be aware that Sundays are strictly reserved for churchgoing and that almost all the island’s facilities close.

Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
Dave Parker's Eco Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Tapatapao Road, Apia
The price is NZ$70 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is within 12 mi (20 km) of National Parliament, Apia Park and Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Baha'i House of Worship ...

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"Very clean and nice view of the Apia town and fresth air."…"

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Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
Entrance Road, Mulifanua
The price is NZ$219 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Nestled on the beach, this Mulifanua resort is within 20 mi (32 km) of Salelologa Ferry Terminal, Return to Paradise Beach and Salamumu Beach. Faleata Golf Course ...

4/5Very Good! (436 reviews)

"I DON'T LIKE PUT ME IN THE LAST ROOM OF THE HOTEL WHEN HAVE SO MANY ROOMS AVAILABLE I NEED TO COMPLAIN. IF NOT HAVE CLIENTS I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY NOT PUT IN THE GOOD ROOMS. I PAYED A LOT MONEY FOR HAVE GOOD LOCATION TO THE SEE. THE WAITRESS 3 TIMES CHARGED MY FOOD BILLS IN THE INCORRECT ROOMS AND ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
Aganoa Lodge Samoa - All Inclusive
Aganoa Lodge Samoa - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Aganoa Beach, Salelologa, Savaii
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This Salelologa resort is on the beach, 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Afu Aau Falls, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Salelologa Ferry Terminal and Salelologa Market. Lano ...

Aganoa Lodge Samoa - All Inclusive
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Ifiele'ele Plantation
Ifiele'ele Plantation
3.5 out of 5
Satui Road, Lepale, Fasito'o Uta

Situated in Fasito'o Uta, this aparthotel is 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from Faleata Golf Course and within 20 miles (32 km) of Giant Clam Sanctuary and Return to Paradise ...

5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Hidden Gem With Major Value!

"I’m a seasoned visitor to Samoa - seen the good, bad and blah of hotels and accommodations between her two main islands... and I LOVED Ifiele’ele! The accommodations are located a ways inland down a pretty rough road (you won’t want to walk there) but the property is stunning. The hosts were generous ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Ifiele'ele Plantation
Spectacular Traditional Fale Hidden in the Highlands Above Apia
Spectacular Traditional Fale Hidden in the Highlands Above Apia

Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Faleata Golf Course, Papaseea Sliding Rocks and National Parliament. Apia Park and ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Home Away from Home in Apia Highlands

"We are 2 couples who recently spent 3 nights at the Fale during our 14 day Samoa adventures in August 2018. We loved waking up to the birds and the beautiful tropical vegetation of the Highland Hideaway, sitting out on the covered balcony in the sunshine for breakfast pre dinner drinks and for dinner. ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2018

Spectacular Traditional Fale Hidden in the Highlands Above Apia
Highland Hideaway Above Apia Nestled in Your own Private Little Valley
Highland Hideaway Above Apia Nestled in Your own Private Little Valley

Situated by the sea, this resort is within 9 miles (15 km) of Faleata Golf Course, Papaseea Sliding Rocks and National Parliament. Apia Park and Robert Louis ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Loved the kindness of the people. John was great!

"It’s hard to find a place big enough to House 10 adults. There were beds for only 9 so one had to sleep on the floor and the downstairs beds were small. It’s a very nice home and we adjusted well and had a great time. We loved sitting out on the large balcony in the cool of the evening a gazing at ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2017

Highland Hideaway Above Apia Nestled in Your own Private Little Valley
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