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Travel tips for Samoa - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

1. The rescue service telephone number is the same for police, firefighters, ambulance, etc. – 999.
2. Samoa is a religious country. The majority of people are Christians of different branches. Tourists can visit all temples – this is not prohibited.
3. Falling coconuts is one of the dangers that tourists can encounter in Samoa. It might sound funny but there are warning signs in the most dangerous places, similar to the warning signs about falling icicles in northern countries.
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4. Local electrical sockets require specific plugs. Besides Samoa, plugs of this type are adopted in Australia, New Zealand, and some other countries. European plugs do not fit, so think of buying adapters beforehand.
5. Just like everywhere, there are mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects on Upolu and Savaii. However, it is better not to bring your own repellents but buy local repellents instead. To get proper protection, it is better to follow the “local repellent against local mosquitoes” rule. Repellents from other countries can be significantly less efficient.
6. If you want to save, choose buses to get around. The difference in prices is drastic. For example, a taxi from the airport to the capital costs 60 tala, while the bus ticket is only 3 tala.
7. Don’t forget to purchase medical insurance that covers emergency evacuation by air. Samoa has good medicine, but patients with serious health problems are sent to Australia and New Zealand. Copyright
8. It is possible to rent a car in Samoa, but drivers are required to have an international driving license.
9. The crime level is very low on the islands, and so tourists do not need to worry about their safety.
10. Do not drink alcohol openly in public places. You can drink it at a hotel bar or your room, but not on the streets, at the beaches, etc.
11. A beach where you want to swim and sunbathe can belong to a community (a family or village). There are no ownership plates that specify this. A local will simply approach you and ask a small fee for staying at the beach. Do not argue or bargain – this is a tradition in Samoa. Moreover, the money will go to supporting a local community or school.
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12. Solo female travelers should be prepared for extra attention from local men. They most likely want to give a compliment and do not have any vile thoughts, but it is always a good idea to be careful.
13. Tap water is chlorinated and safe to use, but tourists still need time to adapt to it. That is why it is better to drink bottled water at first.
14. To be able to make cellphone calls, travelers need a device that supports the TDMA technology. Other standards are not supported in Samoa. Don’t worry, local cellular providers offer such devices for rent. International phone calls at hotels are 15%-20% more expensive.
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