Mountain to Mangrove

Journey an ancient, hidden, high mountain trail. Descend 2,000ft to the magnificent south coast. Experience rainforest, giant ferns, lofty grazing country and remote plantations. Vai Villas Samoa, is an authentic and rich blend of sustainability, ecology, culture, marine exercise and fun. 2 invigorating dips: a spring fed pool after the hike and pristine beach swim while kayaking. Cross the mountain range and return to Apia or better still, overnight at Vai Villas.

Group Leader: Tim Walkden-Brown - ex mountaineer/hiker/explorer for most tours. Let’s see if you can keep up with this old “Baby Boomer” who loves life, is passionate about “the bush” and longs for the opportunity to share “off-the-beaten-track” Samoa with you.

Wednesday, Saturday

8:00am Pick up at central Apia accommodation and off up the Cross Island Road to drop-off point, a brief 1km walk along a 4WD road to the overgrown Lake Lanoto’o “car park”. 9:00am Lake Lanoto’o Car Park, from the car park we set off on our 10km trek along a disused “bush track” across the volcanic spine of Upolu’s mountain range. Some mud on this section. Shortly we begin our long decent through rainforest toward the south coast. 10:15am Rainforest Break, under a huge and historical A’oa (banyan) tree. You’ll feel kinship with the ancient Samoan travellers as you descend through this forgotten high country. 11:15am Plantations, passing through highland pasture we enter raw plantation county as we finally meet civilization and the Main South Coast Road. 12:30pm Vai Villas at Lotofaga A well-deserved swim in a spring fed pool then a tasty refreshing brunch. 1:30pm Mangrove Kayak 1.5km through this pristine winding Jurassic mangrove ecosystem. 2:45pm Swim in Safata Bay, momentarily cast the kayaks aside and plunge into the waters of this beautiful and serene bay. Leisurely return. 4:00pm Vai Villas Fale Early Dinner with host Lua. Bid adieu to our wonderful hosts after an unforgettable adventure. Approx. 5:45pm Back home.

Tour Costs

NZ$280pp 2 pax / NZ$215pp 3 pax / NZ$185pp 4 – 6 pax

Group Size:Max 6 – Min 2

Costs Include

Pick-up, Fruit, Water & Lunch, Guide, Hike, Fees, Kayaks, All transport & hotel drop-off. Samoan Highland Retreat & Soft Adventure Tours will provide in-season fruit and purified water. Other: Sandwiches/snack during the hike. Arrival snack and late lunch/early dinner at Vai Villas

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Please Note

Physical Demand: Hard – Long day (9.5 - 10 hrs). Be prepared for an active day but guaranteed to be full of fun, excitement, variety and exercise. You’ll get “Off-the-Beaten-Track” to hidden sites that the normal tourist run hears little about. Bring good footwear, maybe poles, day backpack, water bottle, hat, swimming gear, towel, sunscreen and change of clothing. The itinerary and schedule may vary dependent upon weather and walking conditions. Consensus will be encouraged . Transportation: Our Outback style 4X4 Toyota Hilux – maybe even ride in the tray (alternative vehicle for larger pax). Refer to Terms & Conditions for Adventure Tours especially for fitness and changes to itinerary

Terms and Conditions

Apia Hotels Included In Pick Up And Drop Off- Tanoa Tusitala, Millenia Hotel, Amanaki Hotel, Hotel Elisa, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel, Taumeasina Island Resort, Samoan Holiday Hideaway.Please enquire about pick up and drop off from other properties in Upolu.

Fitness Level:
As a general rule, you need to be fit enough to walk a minimum average of 6 kilometres a day, though not all Tours will require this amount of walking. You may well encounter climbing up to 300 metres, often in slippery conditions so if you are concerned about your suitability for the Tour, please contact us and we can provide more information regarding the physical demands of that particular Tour to be able to assess any risk to yourself beforehand.

Health Requirements:
As adventures are often physically challenging and in remote locations where there is little or no reasonable access to comprehensive medical or hospital facilities. It is your total responsibility that you must be certain you are capable of fully participating in the tour activities. You must be in good mental health and have a good level of fitness for the Tour you are participating in and disclose to us at the time of booking if you have any pre-existing medical conditions that will put you at a higher risk on the Tour

Age Requirements:
Anyone under the age of 18 on the date of first travel must always be accompanied by an adult. Unless otherwise indicated in the Tour description or by the Tour Operator, the minimum age for minors travelling on any Tour is 12 years of age. Adult prices apply.

Cancellation Policy:
If you wish to cancel your Tour, you must notify us immediately in writing. Cancellation is only effective when we receive your written cancellation notification. Cancellation fees will apply.

The following cancellation fees will apply. (a) If you cancel between and including 41 and 21 days before departure you forfeit 50% of the Tour price per person. (b) If you cancel less than 21 days prior to departure or once the Tour has commenced 100% of the Tour cost per person will be forfeited. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you fail to join a Tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be given.

Cancellation By The Tour Operator:
The Tour Operator may cancel a Tour at any time up to 30 days before departure. They may cancel a Tour at any time prior to the tour departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for them to operate the planned itinerary. If a Tour is cancelled before the date of departure for reasons other than Force Majeure and the cancellation is not caused by your fault or negligence you may choose: (a) a substitute Tour of equivalent or superior value; or (b) a substitute Tour of lesser value if no Tour of equivalent or superior value is reasonably available and to recover from the Tour Operator the difference in price between the price of the Tour originally purchased and the substitute Tour; or (c) a full refund of all monies paid for the cancelled Tour.

Change In Itinerary:
While the tour operator endeavours to operate all Tours as described they reserve the right to change the Tour itinerary. You will be duly notified of any such change.

Before departure:
If they make a major change we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid or accepting an alternative Tour offered. After departure: The tour operator reserves the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of their control.

Please note that the tour operator / Samoa Scenic is not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as accommodations, visas, flights, other travel arrangements, etc.

Bookings:
All bookings are to be made on a request basis through Samoa Scenic. Email: transfers@samoascenic.com

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