TAFATAFA, UPOLU, SAMOA
12.06.2013 - 17.06.2013 30 °C
A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:
Located on the south side of Upolu.
HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
The short story is - I took a taxi.
The long story is - when I was trying to plan my vacation to Samoa I saw this picture:
and HAD to stay there.
Booking things in Samoa is pretty difficult. Pretty much nothing can be booked online. To enquire about availability or pricing you have to either phone (which is expensive) or email. It doesn't seem like a big deal but after you email a place you wait and wait and wait for a response and a lot never get back to you.
Luckily Vaiula Beach Fales has a GREAT Ozzie guy named Nugg who handles their bookings and he is totally on the ball. He actually told me that when he asks people why they chose Vaiula the answer is often "You guys emailed us back". So that's how I ended up there too. He emailed me back. No one else did. So I went there. Simple as that.
WHERE DID I STAY?
Vaiula Beach Fales. Awesome place.
This is my VIEW!
The fale with the car is mine. How appropriate. Was expecting more traditional blinds, but after the tsunami they worked with what they had.
THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Absolutely Beautiful! So much less humid than in the city because it was right on the coast so there was always a nice breeze. It rained for a few minutes everyday, which was no big deal. There were also a couple stormyish nights, Rain and wind with beautiful lightning storms on the ocean. It was pretty bad one night and we had to seal up the bar with tarps and put the sides down on our fales. The power went out, so we all just hung around the bar and drank. Conveniently Sunny and I had made a trip to Apia that day and had bought a battery operated torch. We hung it up in the bar and it provided just enough light to see our drinks We didn't have running water for a cpl days after that, No big deal though, who needs a shower when you're on vacation!
WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
I layed on the beach, I slept, I read books and magazines, I swam, I snorkeled, I layed in a hammock, I walked along the beach, I ate great food, I cut an incredibly drunk old man's hair, I walked through the village, I took pictures, I went caving, I met great people.
ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Vaiula Beach Fales is an amazing place run by amazing people. Dave, Mau and Nugg are incredibly accommodating and ensure a fabulous stay. Breakfast and dinner are included with the accommodation and the meals were delicious and varied.
FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
I'd have to say being able to finally relax and enjoy myself after being in Apia.
WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER?
I would come back here in a SECOND. This place is my Samoan home. If you ever go to Samoa you should definitely check it out. It's such a great place with the best people who will make you feel like you are part of the family. It definitely gives you a more personal experience than you will get at many of the other fales.
In case I haven't convinced you yet how great this place is: Maybe this will help....