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 Samoa - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +11

Yachting Essentials

YACHTING ESSENTIALS

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz

Gas (Propane)

It is hard to get European gas bottles filled here.  The one person who can do it is Tala at Hibiscus Gas. His number is 720 9441.

Money

Tala (SAT/WS$) of 100 sene

Most supermarkets accept credit / debit cards.

Communications

See Pacific List of Radio Nets

International Dialing Code for Samoa is +685.

There are two main telecommunications providers in Samoa: Digicel and Bluesky Samoa. Both providers offer extensive coverage although cruisers report better strengths with Bluesky. Prepaid SIM cards are available at Faleolo International Airport and at outlets in Apia.

Diplomatic Missions

Events

1st/2nd week September: Teuila Festival

October/November: Palolo Day

Emergencies

Police - Dial 995
Fire Service - Dial 994
Medical Emergency Services - Dial 996

Publications

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The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
Published by RCCPF (3rd Edition October 2016)
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition
See May 2018 updates here.

South Pacific Handbook
By David Stanley
Publisher: Avalon Travel; 8Rev Ed edition (28 Jan 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-1566914116
From lagoon swimming in the Cook Islands to witnessing the race of the banana bearers in the Heiva i Tahiti festival, travelers will find the best of the South Pacificboth popular and obscurein this guidebook.

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl Hinz
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press; 5th Revised edition (May 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0824830373
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".

South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Published by: Imray ( 2nd edition 2001)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
Details of harbours and anchorages in the pacific south of the equator between New Guinea and South America.

British Admiralty Pacific Islands Pilot Vol ll(The Central Groups)
Published by UK Admiralty
Publications (11th edn 2006)
ISBN : 9780707718330 (ref. NP061)
This covers the islands of the South-West Part of the Pacific Ocean including: Nouvelle-Calédonie and îles Loyauté Vanuata, Banks and Torres Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Fiji Islands, Samoa Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati (Gilbert and Phoenix Groups), Marshall Islands.

Samoa Visitors Bureau

Online Samoa Island Travel Guide
This guide has excellent street maps for the island with services etc. South Pacific Guides also cover Tonga, the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Easter Island, Niue, Pitcairn, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna.

The Cooks Samoas Compendium (Including Niue) 
http://svsoggypaws.com/files/
A Compilation of Guidebook References and Cruising Reports put together by SV Soggy Paws with updates from cruisers who have used it. Lots of good information if planning on cruising these islands and many other notes for other Pacific cruising areas on the site too.

Samoa Cruising Guide 2014/15
www.noonsite.com/images/pdfs/samoa-cruising-guide-2014-15
Ian and Wendy of SY Outsider Australia arrived in Samoa in November 2014 and spent the wet season there. After finding very little information, for cruisers, was available, they created this guide as they cruised. Includes 20+ anchorages as well as up to date port information.
Note: large file to download.

Update History

October 2018: Updates on Formalities from Trevor Meredith & John Neal.
August 2016: Updates on formalities from Karl Mallon.
June 2015: Publications checked
April 2015: Some additional information from Ian and Wendy, SV Outsider Australia.
October 2014: Formalities checked/updated.
July 2013: Passage notes from SV True Blue.
July 2012: John Neal of Mahini Expeditions sent a few updates.
May 2012: All formalities checked and updated by Samoa Ports Authority.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

SBright
SBright says:
Sep 20, 2013 03:27 AM

Please note that, since 2011, Samoa has been on the New Zealand side of the International Date Line. If you arrive from the Cook Islands or French Polynesia you will skip a day. None of the cruising guides mention this but as the Samoan authorities do not clear boats at the weekend, it is worth planning for. American Samoa, however, is still on the French Polynesian side of the Date Line.
S/Y Yindee Plus

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