Aganoa Lodge Samoa
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Aganoa Lodge Samoa

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3.5
#1 of 1 small hotel in Fa'aala
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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There is still a place that time forgot. Where the crowds haven't yet reached, where the guidebooks haven't ruined, where local children splash and play in a pristine lagoon lapping at golden sands just inside of an empty, funneling right-hander. On the lesser-known island of Savai'i, a short ferry ride from Upolu in the Independent State of Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), a road leads to a lost corner of the earth called Aganoa Beach (roughly translated: The Place Where No One Lives). Here, at Aganoa, lies a surfer's - and non-surfer's - paradise. A consistent, world-class reef break peels into a channel just 50 yards in front of a restaurant perched at the sea. A gentle, idyllic lagoon lined with a picture-perfect beach hugs the verdant, manicured grounds in seemingly endless and fragrant bloom. Eight airy, newly-renovated and self-contained fales (bungalows) doze near the sea. While primarily Aganoa caters to surfers (only 8 at a time) seeking its guaranteed uncrowded waves, Aganoa - like Savai'i itself - is also the perfect place for the family. With an array of activities from kayaking, fishing, snorkeling and more, both on-site and island-wide, Aganoa is a stress-free destination without the exorbitant price tag that most destinations of this caliber attach. Couple that with Samoa's beautiful Polynesian culture and people - and you may never want to return home... With empty waves just outside your fale, in this private piece of Eden surrounding your companion or family, it's not hard to see how - thankfully - time forgot about Aganoa. And moreover, how easy it is to forget about time.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Beach
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free airport transportation
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Breakfast available
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3.5 of 5 stars
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Great View

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Aganoa Beach, Fa'aala, Savai'i Samoa
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Faleolo Airport
31.7 km
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Fagali'i Airport
60.2 km
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within 10 kilometers
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Cheryl T wrote a review Jul 2017
Nulkaba, Australia81 contributions66 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning place, quiet & secluded. But although a surfing lodge the description is very deceiving. No hot water, no fridges in fal'es ( though stated fully stock mini bars in rooms), Egyptian cotton sheets are worn & holes have been darned. 2 sets of snorkelling gear & flippers for a max of 16 guests. Our trip in July was off season for local fruit so only banana, pawpaw & oranges were available. Seafood was local fish (pan fried or raw) no prawns/ calamari as stated in brochure. Food is fresh but monotonous for the 1st 3 days, fish, salad & taro( horrid) lunch & dinner!! Then stunning sushim, rice salad, teriyaki beef etc & pork cooked local with beans & assorted veg. We were lucky our head surf guy ( truly Operations Manager, Jesse) had taro disappear Monday. Staff are great, friendly & helpful. Mosquito nets on beds at night & ceiling fan for cooling as no screens on fal'e. The Lodge is in a stunning place but accommodation is very tired & extremely basic. For $4,500 for 2 people for 6 nights it's way overpriced for what you get even with 3 meals a day (set menu). We travelled as an extended family with only 1 surfer. Swell was missing for a few days but we were taken to local sites & shopping in between tides & swell conditions which was great! Again this Lodge is basic set up for surfers only. Don't expect the 5* price you pay
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Date of stay: July 2017
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Tale 3,4, 5 have afternoon shade
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Hannah S wrote a review Apr 2016
Buderim, Australia70 contributions54 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent half of our honeymoon here at Aganoa, and it was great for the off-the-beaten-track stay.

The resort has 8 fales (bungalows) with varying degrees of ocean views and a main lodge for eating.
The main lodge looks straight out over the reef and surf break and a great happy hour cocktail list (which went for 2 hours during our stay!)
The surf guides are amazing and will try to accomodate you in any way they can and will get the group out to other surf breaks if the waves out the front aren't good.

The rooms are comfortable - they only had little portable fans but apparently ceiling fans are soon to be installed which will make a huge difference on those muggy Samoan nights.

The rooms are a little rough around the edges and could do with a bit of tweaking (and fly screens over the windows!) but it's Samoa, and you're not there to stay in your room!
The bathrooms were exactly right, outdoor cold shower (in the heat and muggyness you wouldn't want any sort of hot water anyway)

Poosibly a bit too much fish on the menu but was broken up by a few chicken dishes and a great fiafia night buffet.

Room recommendation:
Fale 6 is furthest from the main lodge but gets direct afternoon sun making it hot and uncomfortable
Fale 7 also gets direct afternoon sun
Fale 8 sits slightly behind another fale so has blocked ocean views
Fales 3,4&5 seem to be the most private with decks right on the beach
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Date of stay: March 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: see review for detailed room recommendation
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Vikki M wrote a review Jul 2015
Jan Juc, Australia2 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family visited, we are not die hard surfers, but like to surf. We love to fish, snorkel, SUP, boogie board and enjoy another Countries culture. Tick, Tick, Tick and more Ticks. The service was outstanding, fales excellent, we couldn't recommend more highly!
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rebecca B wrote a review Nov 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying at Aganoa Beach Fales was a disappointing experience. The establishment is run down and appears it has not been maintained in the past few years. They advertise surfing, fishing and snorkelling however they had no equipment available to hire. They advertise a local surf guide and surf tours, however these were not available either. The food was below average, being served tinned spaghetti for dinner one night, breakfast was stale bread or basic cereal with no fruit available. There was no soap or shampoo provided. Lights and doors were broken in the rooms and we went for one day with no water. The view and beach and beautiful, however for $500AUD per couple per night, it was very underwhelming.
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Date of stay: October 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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William O wrote a review Nov 2017
Exmouth, Australia4 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I were staying on Savai'i and enquired at the tourist information centre about surfing at Aganoa. The staff rang the resort and we were told that if we paid $20WST we would be able to surf there. My wife and I planned that when I went surfing she would have a couple of beers and some food from the resort whilst waiting. When we arrived there a couple of days later, when the conditions were good, we were turned away by the staff of the resort. We were told that surfing was for the guests only and to keep numbers down I wasn't allowed to surf. As we drove off, where we could see the break, there was only one person out. So if you can't afford the rates or can't get a booking there is no option to surf here. Which is pretty poor considering the person who runs the place is apparently Australian, where no one owns the waves.
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Date of stay: November 2017
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Surfsunsand wrote a review Dec 2016
Kelowna, Canada16 contributions28 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The good

-food was healthy and good. Lots of fish
- kitchen and bar staff
- surf guide Lee
- snorkelling out front

The Bad

- none of our group like the wave at Aganoa. It's a tough spot to read the wave and it's heavy. Even the guys with 25 years or the younger eager heavy wave surfers didn't like it. You can also only surf on high tide which was not what we were expecting.

- do not expect to only have the waves to yourself. We had three people go out one day and seven "surf guides". The groms from the lodge are ripping surfers. They dominate the line up and It was hard to get anything worthwhile riding.

- the management on site is horrible. Pegasus is also extremely disappointing to deal with.

- snacks, juice, water.... don't expect a lot. The vans go back and forth to town filled with family but no one would bring back bar ice or fresh water. We got sick from the "filtered water".

- babysitting. Do not expect it or do it if you have the option. Ours went to town with the manager leaving our 5&3 year old with an 8 year old and busy waiter to oversee.

- this is a surf camp at resort price. Out of 6 weeks in the South Pacific our most disappointing stay. It is very over advertised and glammed up. I would recommend coconuts in upolu for less cost and better value hands down. There is a surf tour boat on site and the let you take the kayaks out to lagoon breaks. Every budget from overwater bungalows (still cheaper than Aganoa) to simple rooms with fans.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mark M wrote a review Apr 2015
Port Macquarie, Australia1 contribution10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent a week at Aganoa with my son, we both surf and were very excited by the pictures and most of the reviews. We were met at the airport taken for breakfast and then on the ferry to the resort. From the start we knew we were in for something special. We arrived at the resort and found paradise. The staff welcomed us warmly and we felt part of the place straight away. The accommodation is spectacular but we were only there for enough time to unpack our boards and then hit the water. Surfed ourselves silly over the next few days, in my son's words "Epic". The food from breakfast to desert was as good as I have had at any restaurant and in some cases better. We never went hungry and the staff feed us around our surfing times. On the staff I would like to single out individuals for special recognition but that would be ridiculous as they were all brilliant. My son learnt a lot from the surf guides and it has improved his surfing. So many other activities that the time just flew by. If you are looking for a mates surf trip, a quite get away or a family adventure than this place has it all. Thanks to the owners, the boys from Pegasus and all the staff, my son and I will treasure our time at Aganoa and Samoa.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: You can't get a bad room.
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Response from AganoaLodgeSamoa, Manager at Aganoa Lodge Samoa
Responded 9 Apr 2015
Talofa Mark: Glad you and Brad enjoyed your father son trip. Hope to have you back soon! Best regards, Management of Aganoa Lodge Samoa
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Keith G wrote a review Nov 2016
Sunshine Coast, Australia2 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't go here expecting a surf trip, it's a very fickle and heavy wave location. Also this is 3 star beach resort and service at 6 star prices. Beautiful spot but sadly the resort operators and promoters here don't deliver what they promise.

I could go on and on with examples, the feedback I provided to them and their pathetic response but I'll just save you the hassle and say, Don't do it! Find somewhere else to go. :)
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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773Lady wrote a review Jun 2015
Trondheim, Norway37 contributions42 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A pleasant place to stay when you wisit Samoa. Near the beach. You feel you are in Paradise. The sea temperature is usually above 30 degrees (centigrades) and you feel This is the place to relax! When sitting at the bar enjoying the Happy hour prices you feel like being in Heaven. You are far away from the homely stress. You have found The Place.
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Date of stay: July 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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AmandaKIndia wrote a review Apr 2015
Wellington, New Zealand229 contributions99 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We tried for 4 months to make a booking at this place. Emails, phone messages left were all not replied to. When we finally booked in for 2 nights over the Easter period, we were notified a week or so prior that we no longer had a booking as they had guests who would commit to a longer stay. The price charged per person was at more than one pays for a 5 star hotel! We were very disappointed as it is a nice beach but fortunately Savai'i has plenty more
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from AganoaLodgeSamoa, Manager at Aganoa Lodge Samoa
Responded 9 Apr 2015
Talofa Amanda: We have looked into your issue and unfortunately do not have a record of your booking request. Please make sure to email bookings@pegasuslodges.com for all reservation requests. We are committed to 24 hr response times to all requests and monitor this very closely. As you may or may not be aware, the property has undergone significant renovations over the last year and is now priced very reasonably to reflect the limited number of guests onsite, increased staffing, increased amenities and all-inclusive offering. We also, as of January 2015 require a minimum of 6 nights per booking and run on set trip schedules as we include all transfers from the Apia airport. You may be interested to read a recent write-up from Forbes magazine that named Aganoa one of the World's most remote luxury lodges: http://www.forbes.com/sites/annabel/2015/04/06/where-to-get-lost-the-worlds-most-remote-luxury-lodges/?fb_action_ids=10153278495354040&fb_action_types=og.shares If there is anything else we can do for you, please email bookings@pegasuslodges.com Best regards, Management of Aganoa Lodge Samoa
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Answer from Cheryl T
Nulkaba, Australia81 contributions66 helpful votes
Our family haven't requested a partial refund as our Surf Guide, jessie was incredible! He was really the Operations Manager & did everything he could to make our stay the best. The other local staff were very accommodating as well. But Pegasus is really overcharging & know that the staff, village & Lodge are not getting their share as the Lodge really is in need of money being spent on it.
Answer from Surfsunsand
Kelowna, Canada16 contributions28 helpful votes
They only let you surf the Aganoa break at high tide. So a few hours before and after ... it's a fickle spot. Wave is a heavy barrel type. Bring booties for sure. I would recommend coconuts in Upolu for the price comparison. Neil can take you around by boat for cheap and accommodations are great. If you want Aganoa lodge maybe Fale 4-5?
Answer from Hannah S
Buderim, Australia70 contributions54 helpful votes
When we stayed here we had access to a bunch of other surf breaks around the island. And there was no issue loading up the van and being driven to one of these breaks. All transfers were included in our price
Answer from Hannah S
Buderim, Australia70 contributions54 helpful votes
There is free limited wifi and it is slower the more guests who are logged in to it. It doesn't reach to the rooms so you can only use it at the main lodge. Personally I preferred it this way, it encouraged us to explore the island more, talk to other guests and not be linked strongly to the rest of the world while we were on holiday
Craig Harris wrote a tip Nov 2018
Gold Coast, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All Fales have a view of the water"
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Cheryl T wrote a tip Jul 2017
Nulkaba, Australia81 contributions66 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tale 3,4, 5 have afternoon shade"
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Colmich wrote a tip Apr 2017
Warners Bay, Australia464 contributions165 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fale 2,3,4 best ones"
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Sally D wrote a tip Dec 2016
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All fales are located on beachfront or tropical garden setting"
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Leanne H wrote a tip Sept 2016
Port Macquarie, Australia15 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only one family Beach house that sleeps 4"
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$1,213 - $1,221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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