Samoa & Fiji Adventure
from $7552
Duration: 16 Days
On this 16-day tropical adventure, you’ll snorkel over colourful coral reefs that teem with wildlife and plunge into pristine waterholes below hidden waterfalls. Starting in the islands of Samoa, spend time learning about the locals' traditional culture and village life. Take fully guided day tours around different parts of two islands and enjoy some time to yourself to relax and unwind. With a few nights in a fale (a traditional waterfront villa), you’ll fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and experience a traditional fiafia night with fire dancing and feasting – then, take on an active escapade in gorgeous Fiji! From the picturesque coast to the lush highlands, you’ll weave through the untouched jungle to the most pristine waterfalls and remote villages. Uncover the Fijian way of living off the land with village stays and sacred ceremonial customs, hike over lush grasslands, raft through Fiji’s volcanic rock interior and snorkel off remote beaches at Nananu-i-Ra Island. Wander through national parks and cool off in the sparkling South Pacific waters. This is bliss! 
  • Make the most of the pristine water and slide down a natural rockslide into the waterholes at Papase’ea. Visit the stunning sandy beaches Vauvua and Lalomanu and snorkel in Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, teeming with tropical fish and coral. 
  • Be amazed by the ancient Star Mounds in Cape Falealupo, one of Samoa's most sacred places, and the remains of the Virgin's grave and the LMS Church. Walk across lava fields – evidence of the destructive eruption in 1905. 
  • Enjoy a fiafia night – a traditional celebration of dance, costumes, music and feasting on dishes cooked in an umu oven using hot volcanic rock.
  • Get your pulse racing as you raft through the heart of Fiji’s highlands at Upper Navua Gorge, and take the plunge with a swim at one of Fiji’s most picture-perfect waterfalls in Nabalesere. 
  • Go on a full day’s hike through the grasslands into Naga to Nubutautau villages, hearing firsthand about the history of the area from expert guides and local villagers. 
  • Apia - Papase’ea Sliding Rocks
  • Apia - Robert Louis Stevenson Historical Home
  • Apia - Bahai House of Worship
  • Apia - Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
  • Apia - Mulivai Cathedral
  • Apia - Maketi Fou Market
  • Savai’i - Salelologa Market visit
  • Savai'i - Blowholes
  • Savai’i - Cape Falealupo half day tour
  • Savai’i - Fafao o SaoAli'l (Passage of the Afterlife)
  • Savai’i - Ancient Star Mound
  • Savai'i - Giant Moso's Footprint
  • Savai'i - Fia Fia Night
  • Savai'i - Saleaula Lava Fields
  • Savai'i - Virgin’s Grave
  • Vavau Village - Traditional games & cultural activities
  • Vavau Village - Ava (Welcoming Ceremony)
  • Vavau Village - Customary feast
  • Upolu - Sopoaga waterfall
  • Upolu - To Sua Trench
  • Day 1 Location: Apia
    Talofa! Welcome to Samoa. An arrival transfer is available for pre-booking from Apia’s Faleolo Airport. If you've booked one, keep an eye out for your driver who will present you with a flower ula to wear to get you in the mood for your island getaway. They will take you to your hotel where you can check in before meeting your group and trip leader for a welcome meeting at 6 pm over drinks and snacks. After the welcome meeting, maybe head out for dinner with your group – your leader will be able to show you some great local spots.
    Day 2 Location: Apia
    After a leisurely breakfast you’ll head out for a full day of exploration. Today’s schedule includes some water activities, so make sure you pack swimwear. This morning you’ll visit Mulivai Cathedral and then take a quick tour of the beautiful Mulinuu Point on the peninsula. Stopping in at the markets on the way, you can shop for souvenirs, fruit and local handicrafts. Then it's on to Papase’ea Sliding Rocks - a natural playground that gives even the best water parks a run for their money! After lunch at a local cafe, where you can often see a demonstration of ‘elei printing, the traditional Samoan designs on fabric, you'll head to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum – the famous Scottish author who made his home on the island. Further uphill, visit the Baha'i House of Worship – a beautiful temple set among acres of prayer gardens. Our final destination for the day is the white sandy beaches of Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, with the option of snorkelling over the vibrant reef, abundant with colourful coral and wildlife. Return to the hotel and enjoy an optional dinner at one of the many waterfront eateries in Apia tonight.
    Day 3 Location: Savai'i
    An early start today as you’ll leave the hotel around 6 am and take a private transfer to the ferry terminal. Board the 8am ferry for the journey to your next destination in Samoa - Savai'i, the largest island in the Samoan Islands Archipelago. The ferry trip takes just over an hour, with complimentary snacks and drinks served on board. Savai’i also features prominently in Samoa’s history, legends and myths, and you will get a chance to visit a few spots where some of these stories originated from. Your first stop will be the Savai’i Market before travelling to one of the region's highlights - the spectacular Blowholes. As you journey across Savai'i, there'll be a chance to visit a number of other points of interest along the way as well as enjoy the views of Samoan villages and their colourful gardens. If there's time before your included dinner at our accommmodation, you can fit in a quick dip in the ocean.
    Day 4 Location: Savai'i
    After a delicious included breakfast spread, start your day with a visit to Cape Falealupo - the easternmost point in Samoa. Spend half a day here at the various sites learning about Samoan legends and culture, including Giant Moso's Footprint, the Ancient Star Mound, Fafao o SaoAli'l (Passage of the Afterlife) and more. Return to our accommodation for some relaxation and beach time. Tonight we will have a fia fia (happy get together) at our accommodation. This is a chance for everyone to come together and celebrate heritage with music and dance and a delicious buffet dinner made with fresh local produce. Don’t be shy, join the fun and dance along!
    Day 5 Location: Savai'i - Lalomanu
    Travel along the north coast of Savai'i after breakfast today, with a picnic lunch along the way. You will travel through some of the most beautiful villages in Savai’i then continue on to the Sale’aula Lava Fields to witness the remains of the eruption of Mt Matavanu in 1905, the Virgin’s Grave and nearby church. Depart from Savai’i on the 2pm ferry and continue to our final accommodation of the trip on the coast of Upolu at Lalomanu, voted one of the best beaches in Samoa. There'll be time for a swim, snorkel or wander along the beach here before our included dinner tonight. 
    Day 6 Location: Lalomanu - Vavau Village
    Enjoy breakfast, and a bit of free time this morning before we depart for our village cultural day. Make sure to bring your lavalava as you'll be met by village chiefs and matais who will hold an ava (welcoming ceremony) for us at the village of Vavau. Be prepared to enjoy plenty of traditional Samoan foods as part of our feast while the local women's committee and youth share songs and dances. After lunch, join in some Samoan games and activities such as taulafoga (coconut tossing) and tagati'a (spear throwing) before farewelling our friends and having some free time to ourselves on the beach. Return to Lalomanu in time for our included dinner. 
    Day 7 Location: Lalomanu
    More exploring today after breakfast, including the Sopoaga waterfalls, Ma Tree walk, and the iconic To Sua Trench. Bring your swimwear as there will be plenty of opportunities for a dip! Back at our accommodation for our final night, farewell your time in Samoa with dinner and a show of fa'ataupati (slap dance) and fire knife dancing. Make some final memories, dance and have fun!
    Day 8 Location: Apia - Nadi
    This morning, you have the option to visit a local Samoan Church before breakfast. This is highly encouraged, as it can be a beautiful way to end your stay in Samoa. Say your goodbyes to your group over breakfast and then take a short flight to Fiji for the next stage of your adventure. When you arrive, transfer from Nadi International Airport to your hotel and settle into your accommodation on the edge of town. Spend the rest of the day getting to know Fiji's cultural capital. You will meet your new group and tour leader tomorrow.
    Day 9 Location: Nadi
    Wake up to the beauty of another day on the Pacific! You have a free day to explore at your pace today, before your a second welcome meeting at 6 pm. Why not check out the colours of the Hindu temple Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami, or Nadi Temple as it’s known locally. Or, you can go wandering around the local markets in search of the best seasonal fruits. Tonight, meet your new leader and group members, followed by evening drinks. After your meeting, the evening is yours to enjoy – perhaps at a beachside restaurant or in Nadi Town. 
    Day 10 Location: Hiking Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park - Pacific Harbour
    After breakfast, head south of Nadi to Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Here, you’ll take a 4 km ranger-guided walk through the incredible dunes, ranging in height from 20 to 60 m – mounds that have formed over millions of years. The views from the sand dunes open out to spectacular scenes along the Coral Coast. Archaeologists have found relics of pottery in the national park dating back 2600 years, and the area is home to an ancient burial site that gives clues to Fiji’s first inhabitants. After the hike, make your way to tonight’s accommodation at Pacific Harbour, where the afternoon is dedicated to chilling out by the pool or along Rovodrau Bay. Settle in ‘cause you’re on island time now!
    Day 11 Location: Rafting Upper Navua Gorge - Pacific Harbour
    Gear up for an incredible rafting experience in Fiji’s highlands at Upper Navua Gorge. Ride down rapids naturally carved through the island’s volcanic rock interior, surrounded by towering gorge walls, dense rainforest and dozens of waterfalls. The combination of the dipping parts of the river and biological diversity makes this Fiji’s best spot for rafting. Stop at a lunch spot along the way to get a good feel for the rainforest terrain. After, return to Pacific Harbour for another night in your beachside surroundings.
    Day 12 Location: Suva & Colo-i-Suva
    Leave the resort after breakfast and make your way to Fiji’s capital – Suva. When you arrive, you’ll have time to take an optional walk through Suva’s market and the city centre. Then, enjoy a guided visit to the Fiji Museum, which showcases the early history of the island and is home to artifacts dating back up to 3700 years. This afternoon, head to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park for a short hike to palm-fringed freshwater pools where you can take a refreshing dip. Look to the trees for local birdlife, as the park harbours many of Fiji’s endemic bird species, including barking pigeons, golden doves and musk parrots. Later, continue listening to the sounds of the rainforest at the river at your lodge accommodation, on the outskirts of the park.
    Day 13 Location: Hiking Nabalesere - Nananu-i-Ra Island
    This morning, drive to Nabalesere village, passing locals living traditional Fijian life along the way. This community is nestled in the province of Ra, where you’ll hear another form of greeting – instead of saying ‘Bula!’ as in other parts of the island, ‘Yadra!’ is used to say hello. When you arrive, your local guide will help the group present a sevusevu to the local village chief – this ceremonial gift is to gain acceptance into the community, often in the form of a kava root. While farming is the main source of income for many Fiji communities, partnering with the village helps to create an additional source of income. Embark on a 1.5-km hike to the breathtaking Savulelele Waterfall – one of Fiji’s most majestic waterfalls, tumbling down from a height of 50 m. After the swim, return to the village for lunch and a hot lemon leaf tea, then travel to the coast, where you’ll take a short boat transfer to Nananu-i-Ra Island to spend the night in beachside cottages.
    Day 14 Location: Snorkel Nananu-i-Ra Island - Naga Village
    Soak up island life on Nananu-i-Ra Island this morning – sunrise is the perfect time to relax on the beach or cool off with a swim in the South Pacific. After breakfast, strap on a snorkel and get exploring underwater with your group, looking for colourful tropical fish. Then, maybe take a walk along the island’s ridgeline for some seriously scenic views. In the afternoon, you’ll head inland to Naga village, presenting another sevusevu to be welcomed and invited in. Enjoy a stroll through the surrounding food gardens and join the locals with a communal dinner in the village. Tonight you’ll stay in the basic but comfortable village community hall.
    Day 15 Location: Hiking Nubutautau
    Get your hiking shoes on and prepare for today’s 11-km trekking adventure across Fiji’s grasslands and into Nubutautau village. The journey will be broken up with lunch and a rewarding swim along the way, following the scenic Sigatoka River. Arriving later in the afternoon, you’ll spend the night in the village that sits in the heart of the island, with a scenic backdrop of small farms, grassy hills and an evergreen rainforest. Enjoy an insight into local life here and rub shoulders with the locals over a glorious sunset.
    Day 16 Location: Nubutautau - Nadi
    This morning, take a cultural tour of the village and learn the history of the region in the 19th century, hearing the story of missionary Rev Baker. For those who want to get more active, you can take an optional walk to a lookout point down the river. Then, continue by 4WD along the ridgeline separating two of Fiji’s major rivers – the Sigatoka and the Ba – and back down to Nadi for lunch in a local cafe. With no more activities planned after lunch, your trip will come to an end. If you would like to spend more time in Nadi, just speak to your booking agent ahead of time to organise additional accommodation. Better yet, why not check out another of Fiji’s picturesque islands, like the nearby Mamanuca or Yasawa clusters.
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    Trip title

    Samoa & Fiji Adventure

    Trip code



    Validity: 01 Jan 2024 to 31 Dec 2024


    On this 16-day tropical adventure, you’ll snorkel over colourful coral reefs that teem with wildlife and plunge into pristine waterholes below hidden waterfalls. Starting in the islands of Samoa, spend time learning about the locals' traditional culture and village life. Take fully guided day tours around different parts of two islands and enjoy some time to yourself to relax and unwind. With a few nights in a fale (a traditional waterfront villa), you’ll fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and experience a traditional fiafia night with fire dancing and feasting – then, take on an active escapade in gorgeous Fiji! From the picturesque coast to the lush highlands, you’ll weave through the untouched jungle to the most pristine waterfalls and remote villages. Uncover the Fijian way of living off the land with village stays and sacred ceremonial customs, hike over lush grasslands, raft through Fiji’s volcanic rock interior and snorkel off remote beaches at Nananu-i-Ra Island. Wander through national parks and cool off in the sparkling South Pacific waters. This is bliss! 




    Explorer,Multi-Active Adventures


    Private vehicle,Boat,Ferry

    Physical Rating


    Physical preparation

    You’re in for an active trip! Whilst previous experience isn’t essential for getting involved, a good level of fitness will really help you get the most out of this tour. There are certain activities it’s not possible to skip. If you can imagine yourself doing some challenging hiking for up to 6 hours in one day on paths that might be rough and muddy, then this trip is for you! The villages work hard to keep these clear for you but there aren't constructed walking tracks. A good level of fitness and a spirit of adventure are musts!

    Joining point

    Insel Fehmarn Hotel

    Falealili Street



    Finish point

    Coffee Hub Cafe in Nadi

    Lot 1, Nasau Back Road In the Essence of Fiji Building



    Important information

    1. This trip starts at 6pm in Apia on Day 1 and finishes by mid-afternoon in central Nadi on Day 16. 2. This is a combination of our Samoa Adventure (TESS) and Fiji: Hike, Raft & Snorkel (TESF) trips. Your group composition and tour leader will change on Day 9. 3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip in Samoa, and all nights in Fiji other than the village stays on Days 14-15 where you will be in multi-share accommodation. 4. The flight between Samoa and Fiji is not included in this trip. You will need to book your own departure transfer and flight, departing Apia on Day 8. Fiji Airways flies directly between Apia and Nadi. 5. An arrival transfer in Nadi is included in this trip, along with one additional night of accommodation in Nadi on Day 8 before meeting your group on Day 9. You must let us know your flight details no later than 14 days prior to departure in order to book your transfer. 6. Please note the legal drinking age in Samoa is 21 years.

    Group leader

    All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leader or local representative. The aim of the group leader or local representative is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced group leader or local representative however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your group leader or local representative is new to a particular region or training other group leader or local representative. Your group leader or local representative will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your group leader or local representative can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.


    Most national governments provide regularly updated foreign travel advice on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all destinations and activities on your trip. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trips here: We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your group leader or local representative will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy. While your group leader or local representative will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader or local representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Intrepid's operational safety policies can be viewed on our website at the link below. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how safety is being managed on our trips.

    CRIME Opportunistic crimes such as theft occur most in urban areas and at night. Be attentive in downtown Suva after dark in particular and don't carry excess cash. POLITICAL UNREST Avoid demonstrations, street rallies and military activity areas. Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent. SWIMMING Always swim in designated areas and do not swim alone.

    CRIME Take care at night, particularly in downtown Apia and harbour-front areas where theft from travellers does occur. WATER SAFETY Beaches are not patrolled in Samoa. Ask your tour leader, accommodation staff or locals about safe areas for swimming. Avoid swimming alone, when the tide is going out or if the sea is rough. Do not dive from rocks near waterfalls or other swimming holes. STRAY DOGS Stray dogs are common in Samoa. Take care around street dogs and do not approach, touch or feed them. TOURS & ACTIVITIES Tour operators do not always follow safety and maintenance standards. When choosing optional activities always ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements and use all safety gear provided such as life jackets. If safety equipment is poorly maintained or not available, choose another operator. Your tour leader can recommend optional activities and providers.


    Wifi is increasingly widespread in Nadi and Suva. Some hotels may include it as standard but there is often a fee to get online. Vodafone and Digicel are Fiji's mobile-phone carriers. You can buy a SIM card on arrival and top up as you go.


    PASSPORT You’ll need a valid passport to travel internationally and most countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months validity, so remember to check the expiry date. We need your passport information to get everything ready for your trip so it’s important that the information on your booking matches your passport exactly. Please take care to provide the correct details. We recommend carrying a copy of the photo page of your passport while travelling and leaving a copy at home with family or friends. VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Many countries require a visa and obtaining the correct visa for your trip and any countries you may transit through is your responsibility. We recommend you check your visa requirements as soon as you have booked your trip. This will ensure you have time to prepare your documents and for your visa application to be processed. You can check the entry requirements for your nationality on your government's foreign travel advisories, consular websites or on our page here:

    Why we love it

    Make the most of the pristine water and slide down a natural rockslide into the waterholes at Papase’ea. Visit the stunning sandy beaches Vauvua and Lalomanu and snorkel in Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, teeming with tropical fish and coral. 

    Be amazed by the ancient Star Mounds in Cape Falealupo, one of Samoa's most sacred places, and the remains of the Virgin's grave and the LMS Church. Walk across lava fields – evidence of the destructive eruption in 1905. 

    Enjoy a fiafia night – a traditional celebration of dance, costumes, music and feasting on dishes cooked in an umu oven using hot volcanic rock.

    Get your pulse racing as you raft through the heart of Fiji’s highlands at Upper Navua Gorge, and take the plunge with a swim at one of Fiji’s most picture-perfect waterfalls in Nabalesere. 

    Go on a full day’s hike through the grasslands into Naga to Nubutautau villages, hearing firsthand about the history of the area from expert guides and local villagers. 

    Is this trip right for you

    There are many water-based activities included in this trip. You will get the most out of this trip if you are a competent and confident swimmer. If you are not so confident, we recommend that you bring a life jacket from home to allow you to still participate safely.  The accommodation for this trip is comfortable, but simple. We provide experience-rich travel that focuses on authentic representation of the location – therefore, your accommodation is not in a luxury resort.   This is an active trip with several days of point to point hiking. You only carry a day pack, with your main bags (and for any non-hikers) being transferred by vehicle between villages. There are two nights of multi-share stays in the local villages we visit. Some of the best scenery in Fiji is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit and be able to hike regularly if you want to partake in all activities. As we focus on visiting less explored parts of Fiji, there is limited beach time on our itinerary. If you are interested in classic Fiji we recommend spending a few extra days before or after your tour enjoying the beaches and snorkelling in the Mamanuca or Yasawa Islands, a boat ride from Nadi. Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We ask for you to please be aware of cultural considerations when entering and staying in local villages. Your tour leader and local guides will assist with local etiquette. As we stay in some locations where there are few options for eating out, some meals may be set menus rather than being able to choose from a variety of options. Some accommodation options have limited numbers of different room types, so not everyone may have the same room style.


    GENERAL HEALTH All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. For the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others, if you are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the assessment of our group leader or local representative a traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements in their original packaging as they may not easily be obtained while travelling. If you are carrying medication, ensure you check your government's foreign travel advice for any local restrictions or requirements.  HEALTH CARE IN FIJI Medical care standards in Fiji aren't as high as you may be used to back home. Public hospitals and medical facilities may only provide very basic care. Before treating patients, medical facilities generally need proof of insurance and up front deposits. For serious medical issues evacuation may be required.  HEALTH RISKS There have been recent outbreaks of Leptospirosis, typhoid, dengue, menigococcal disease and measles. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date before travelling and ensure you adequately protect yourself against mosquitoes by using insect repellant and wearing long, loose, light coloured clothing. WATER To protect yourself against illness, drink boiled or bottled water, avoid tap water and ice cubes, as well as raw or undercooked food.  MEASLES Samoa recently experienced a measles epidemic. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date before you travel. INSECT BORNE DISEASES Mosquitoes are active during the day. To protect yourself from bites, make sure you always use insect repellent and wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing

    Food and dietary requirements

    MEALS Most villages we visit are fairly self-sufficient and meals generally consist of local produce from the surrounding fields. The women each provide a couple of dishes, and you’ll be able to choose what you would like to eat. Most dishes are vegetarian, but sometimes include fish. In villages, meals are eaten in the traditional way, sitting on the floor with food placed on a long mat or piece of material. Don’t be surprised if you are encouraged to ‘kana vakalevu’ (eat more)! DRINKING WATER Always drink filtered, boiled or water treated with purification tablets if filling water bottles from any source, including taps in lodges and villages. Support vehicles carry a supply of treated water for refilling bottles. Lemon-leaf and lemongrass tea, using boiled water, is in plentiful supply in the villages, and with a bit of sugar added makes for a good energy drink! KAVA Kava is a traditional Pacific region drink made from the roots of the Piper methysticum plant. It is consumed socially and as part of traditional ceremonies and cultural practices throughout the Pacific Islands. In small doses, the effects of kava include muscle relaxation, sleepiness and feelings of wellbeing. We think of its effect as similar to a reverse cup of coffee. In larger quantities, or in combination with alcohol and prescription medications, including anti-depressants it can be dangerous.

    Money matters

    SPENDING MONEY When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget an appropriate amount for things like optional meals, drinks, shopping, optional activities, and laundry. Make sure you have read the itinerary and inclusions thoroughly so you know what is included in the trip price and what you may need to pay for while travelling. The local currency is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). ATMs are common in urban areas and large resorts. Carry cash when you travel to villages or remote areas. Local banks and ATMs will charge fees for cash withdrawals. Not all retail outlets will accept credit cards. Those that do will charge a fee between 2-5%. Samoa’s national currency is the Tala (dollar) and Sene (cent). Tala is the only currency accepted in Samoa. You'll need to carry cash in Samoa as not all businesses accept credit card payment. Cash is also required for visiting beaches and other areas owned by villages, where you will often be asked for a customary fee. All major foreign currencies can be exchanged in Samoa. Money exchange services are based at Faleolo International Airport, in the capital city Apia, and at some major hotels and resorts where ATMs can also be found. CONTINGENCY FUNDS We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or a Force Majeure Event. In such emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries including but not limited to visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights. Make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved. The recommended amount is listed in USD for the relatability of universal travellers, however, local currency may be needed once in the country to cover these costs.

    What to take

    When hiking your main luggage will be carried in the support vehicles. You will need to carry a day pack with your needs for each day.  We recommend the following items for your trip: - Strong plastic bags or a dry bag to waterproof the contents of your backpack and daypack - Head torch or small hand held torch for when staying in villages (or use the torch on your phone) - Two one-litre water bottles/bladders  - Camera/phone, with a waterproof cover if you plan to take with you when rafting and to protect in rain - Sunglasses/Sunhat/sunscreen - Book, cards or games for downtime  - Light weight, quick-dry towel - Personal medical kit - Blankets and mattresses will be supplied where required during the village stays, but some travellers also prefer to bring their own sleep sheet CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR - At least one set of non-trekking clothes  - A pair of strong, comfortable, worn-in hiking boots (wear these on the plane just in case your bag gets lost - broken-in boots are hard to replace!) - Flip flops/sandals - Reef/river shoes for rafting - Light rain jacket - Warmer long sleeve layers for cooler nights. - Sulu or sarong/wrap (local skirt worn by men and women needed for when entering villages, can also be borrowed or bought locally) - A comfortable wide-brimmed hat with chin-strap or similar, which will survive getting wet regularly and won't blow off - Several changes of socks - Two changes of comfortable walking clothes. These must be strong, lightweight and comfortable when wet. It is important that your shirts should have loose fitting long sleeves that can be rolled up in the shade or down to protect your arms in the sun. Cotton-based fabric is often more comfortable in the heat, though modern high-tech fibres are also excellent. - Swimsuit VALUABLES: Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safes to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets etc when staying there. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary. BATTERIES/POWER: Charging of batteries is advised before checking out of your hotel rooms. Please bear in mind there may be some nights were electricity may not be as readily available as you might be used to. Put your phone in flight mode (or put it away). Otherwise a portable power pack is a good option. FOOTWEAR FOR HIKING/TREKKING This tour includes hiking on unsealed paths, with sometimes slippery, muddy and uneven terrain. Please ensure you pack hiking boots or walking shoes that are fully enclosed, have good grip and are comfortable for you to walk in for an entire day (preferably not brand new, as this can lead to blisters). Modern trail running shoes are a great option for Fiji conditions, especially non-waterproof versions as you don't need to worry about wet and cold feet, and these dry quickly.

    Refillable water bottle Hat Sunscreen Insect repellent Skin lotion for insect bites Electrolyte/rehydration powder or tablets Swimwear Sarong (or buy the local version, a lavalava, on arrival in Samoa) Quick-drying towel Trekking or reef sandals, or other sturdy comfortable walking shoes Flip flops Light, loose clothing that can easily be worn over swimwear Life jacket if you are not a strong swimmer so you can participate in water activities Snorkelling gear (can be hired, but you may prefer to bring your own) Modest clothing (that covers shoulders and knees for women) A nicer outfit for if you plan to attend a church service on Sunday

    Climate and seasonal

    Fiji has a warm tropical climate. Peak season is late March through to early December. Maximum temperatures in Fiji rarely move out of the 31C to 26C range all year round. The Fijian winter or dry season is May to October and brings low rainfall, low humidity and milder temperatures. Fiji's wet season is November to April and is characterised by heavy, brief local showers. As a tropical Pacific Island close to the equator, Samoa’s climate is warm and humid all year round, with little variation in temperature but with distinct wet and dry seasons. Samoa’s average daytime air temperature throughout the year ranges from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. The sea temperature is normally in the low 20s, making it perfect for swimming and snorkelling all year round. In the country’s eastern and south-eastern regions, trade winds arrive most afternoons or early evenings for a cooling effect during the hottest part of the day. Samoa’s dry season is from May to October, making this the most popular time for visitors. The wet season, from November to April, might not bring rain every day, but a raincoat or umbrella is advised for what can be short but intense thunderstorms. Most of the wet season’s rain will fall between December to March, when storms may last for several hours.

    A couple of rules

    We like to think our Intrepid travellers are all connected by a love of adventure and passion for seeing the world in a different way. We've laid down a few non-negotiable rules to ensure everyone feels connected, comfortable and safe on our trips. We ask that you respect your fellow travellers, group leader or local representative, and local people and places we visit in all circumstances. We don't tolerate any forms of violence and expect that you follow the local laws, customs and regulations in any destination we travel to. Any behaviour contrary to the above, including any behaviour that prevents our staff from performing their duty of care or continuing the itinerary as planned, may result in travellers being removed from the trip. If you consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect you to abide by local alcohol laws. To ensure the well-being of everyone on the trip, all decisions made by group leaders or local representatives and ground staff are final. Romantic relationships between travellers and group leader or local representative are not permitted while on trip. By travelling with us, you agree to comply with these rules and the laws and customs of all countries visited. If something is concerning you during your travels with us, please speak to your group leader or local representative immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in your Essential Trip Information’s Problems and Emergency Contact section.


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    Emergency contact

    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time. For general contact details please use the following page: In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the numbers below: Intrepid's Local Operator: Available for phone call or WhatsApp call on +679 9472732 Intrepid's Local Operator: +682 55966 / +682 51871

    Responsible travel

    VILLAGE VISITS When you’re visiting or staying in a Fijian village there are some important rules for you to remember so that you are being respectful of Fiji’s history and culture. The most important ones are: ● Always wear a sulu (sarong/wrap-around material) that covers your legs down to just above your ankles while within the village boundaries ● Never wear a hat or anything on your head while you’re in the village ● Always take your shoes off before going inside (you can keep your socks on) ● Sit down as quickly as possible when you go inside and don’t stand up indoors ● If you need to move around indoors when others are sitting, it’s polite to stoop or crawl ● If you’re presented with a bowl of kava it’s polite to drink the first one…clap once, take the bowl and drink it all, and after returning the bowl clap three times Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way) is a way of life where family is all-important, respect of elders is firmly adhered to, and being of service to your family is your duty. Fa’a Samoa culture has a strong focus on welcoming visitors, however it is important that visitors and guests follow cultural protocols when entering villages and family homes as well as using and accessing village resources such as beaches, waterfalls and swimming holes. RELIGIOUS PROTOCOLS & SUNDAYS Most Samoan people will attend a church service on Sundays in the morning before gathering for a traditional family lunch known as "Toanai". If you are in Samoa on a Sunday, there is an expectation that you will behave quietly and move slowly through villages. Resorts and restaurants will generally stay open on Sundays, but most activities and other businesses are generally closed. Some grocery shops and food markets open first thing, before church, for locals to stock up for their family meal later in the day. You're welcome to attend church services, which are often led by a beautiful choir singing. Ask your leader for service times and details. Visitors to a church service should dress modestly and women are encouraged to wear a lavalava (skirt) to cover their knees and a top that covers their shoulders. The sale of alcohol is prohibited on Sundays except in hotels and restaurants. VILLAGE PROTOCOLS • Please do not walk through villages during the evening prayer time (usually between 6–7pm). Sa (sacred) usually lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is often marked at the beginning and end by a bell or the blowing of a conch shell (wait for the third bell before continuing on your way). • Please dress appropriately as skimpy clothing is not recommended in villages. If you are staying in a village, it may even result in a fine for your tour guide/hosts. • Nude and topless (for women) swimming or sunbathing is not permitted. When leaving the beach to enter villages, visitors are asked to wear a lavalava (sarong), pants or shorts and a t-shirt. • Please remember to remove shoes before entering a fale. • When elders are seated in a fale, you should not stand. • When sitting in a fale, avoid pointing your feet at others. Either tuck them away, cross them (yoga style) or cover them with a lavalava or mat. • Please always ask permission from your tour leader or guide before taking photos in a village. • If in doubt about protocol, ask your tour leader or guide for advice. Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable, and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip group leaders or local representatives, suppliers, and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting:

    The Intrepid Foundation

    We created our not-for-profit, the Intrepid Foundation because you – our travellers – told us you wanted to make an even greater impact in the communities you visit. The Foundation works by teaming up with partners around the world so that together we can deliver greater positive impact at scale. Partners are identified by our local staff who live and work in our destinations. They harness their powerful community connections to determine the issues that matter most and select local partners who can deliver real solutions. Since 2002, the Intrepid Foundation has raised more than $14million dollars and supported more than 160 communities worldwide. Now, with over 40 partners all over the world, your donations are helping to restore forests in Kenya, empower women in Honduras and promote elephant welfare in Laos, to name just a few. For more information about the Intrepid Foundation, please ask your group leader or local representative or visit our website: This trip supports Eden Reforestation Projects, who are tackling climate change by restoring forests across the world; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within communities. Donations support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries, including Kenya and Nepal. Intrepid will double your impact by dollar-matching post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation. To find out more or make a donation, visit:

    Accommodation notes

    COMMUNITY ACCOMMODATION The villages you will visit all have a community hall which is made available for our use. Some villages also have traditional bures (wood & straw huts) available for guests. In villages, sleeping is on mattresses laid on top of soft traditional mats on the floor. Sleeping spaces in bures or community halls are shared by all guests on the trip together. There are flush toilets and cold water showers in the villages. Some villages may have guest lodge accommodation that are furnished with beds, tables, and chairs.

    Transport notes

    SUPPORT VEHICLE A support vehicle will follow or meet the group during hikes and will carry your main luggage as well as extra water supplies.

    Travel insurance Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your group leader or local representative. If you have credit card insurance your group leader or local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. For travellers who reside within the European Union, Switzerland or USA the requirement to purchase travel insurance cannot be compulsory. However the purchase of travel insurance is still highly recommended, and travellers from these regions who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting, recognizing personal responsibility for emergency medical and repatriation costs should they arise. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below:

    Your fellow travellers

    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. SOLO TRAVELLERS The beauty of our style of travel is that it caters to travellers who are travelling solo and who want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. On our trips rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you. We also have an optional single supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room. Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation booked through us will be on a single room basis. On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and travelling.

    Itinerary disclaimer

    ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway.


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