If breathtaking beaches is what you're looking for along with a laid back, safe and cheap environment to explore, then a Samoa backpacking trip will be right up your sleeve. There are just two main islands to explore so getting around is pretty straight-forward. Most backpackers seeking the Samoa travel experience take in the beautiful beach at Lalomanu which has the most lively backpacker atmosphere before heading for a little peace and quiet along the more rustic south coast of Upolu. Most backpackers then head over to Savaii Island on the inter-island ferry which takes just over an hour and head for Manase Beach along the north coast which is the best place to base yourself.
Backpackers will find plenty of beach fales as they travel around the islands of Upolu and Savaii. The majority are very basic - just a few poles with a wooden base covered by a coconut roof (or sometimes tarpaulin) and without walls and just about large enough to sleep two people. The more tourist orientated backpacker beach fales are a better choice for meeting other travellers, for reliable food and for organising activities. Some may have enclosed walls for privacy, a locker to store your valuables and perhaps even an en-suite bathroom - although hot water is pushing it. Here are a few of our favourite Samoa backpacker accommodations: