Manono

Travel Guide
Manono featuring a house, rocky coastline and tropical scenes

Explore the historical treasures of this tranquil Samoan island paradise where the only sounds are the lapping of the waves and the rustle of palm leaves overhead.

Manono is the third-largest island in Samoa, but even at a leisurely pace, a walk around Manono’s perimeter will take little more than 2 hours. So, take your time choosing your favourite beach and cool down in the tranquil lagoons or nap under the shade of a palm grove. Extend your walk by exploring the island’s interior, where archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered. If you have time to spend the night here, sleep in a fale, a traditional hut, and eat traditional food prepared by the welcoming locals.

Manono measures just 3 square kilometres (1 square mile).With a population of less than a thousand people, spread between four sleepy fishing villages, this island is the perfect place to come to if you are hoping to find true peace and quiet. Cars, bicycles and even dogs and horses are banned on the island. Electricity was only introduced in 1995 but it doesn’t seem to have affected the traditional way of life a great deal yet.

Explore rock pools in empty coves at low tide and swim in the clear waters of the lagoon at high tide. Bring mask, fins and snorkel to dive beneath the water and see the colourful fish and coral species in this protected marine environment.

Make sure you also visit Manono’s historical sites. At the top of the island’s highest mountain, the 360-foot (110-metre) Mount Tulimanuiva, you’ll find the ancient 12-pointed star. Head to the village of Lepuiai to see the Grave of 99 Stones. Each of the stones is said to represent one of the wives of Vaovasa, an ancient chief.

Get to Manono by taking the ferry from Manono-uta on Upolu Island. The journey takes about 20 minutes. You can easily see all the sites in a day, but if the clear waters and serene atmosphere have an irresistible appeal to you, then arrange with a local to stay a night or two in a traditional, open-air fale. Be aware that Sundays are strictly reserved for churchgoing and that almost all the island’s facilities close.

Le Vasa Resort
Le Vasa Resort
3.5 out of 5
Cape Fatuosofia Road, Cape Fatuosofia
The price is ¥12,073 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
This Cape Fatuosofia resort is on the beach, 11.9 mi (19.2 km) from Giant Clam Sanctuary, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Return to Paradise Beach and Salelologa ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (160 reviews)
"The locals both working in the resort and living in the community were extraordinary. The 'Samoan Way' is so friendly and gracious. (If your hotel pickup doesn't arrive, don't hesitate to catch a ride with the local taxis. You can also arranges private tours with them at great prices.)"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

Le Vasa Resort
Aganoa Lodge Samoa
Aganoa Lodge Samoa
3.5 out of 5
Aganoa Beach, Salelologa, Savaii
This Salelologa hotel is on the beach, 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Afu Aau Falls, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Salelologa Ferry Terminal and Salelologa Market. Lano Beach ...
Aganoa Lodge Samoa
Return to Paradise Resort and Spa
Return to Paradise Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
Lefaga, Matautu
The price is ¥21,224 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
This Matautu resort is on the beach, 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from Salamumu Beach, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Apia Park and Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. To-Sua Ocean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (186 reviews)
"The property and resort is second to none. The staff are fantastic and work tirelessly to meet your needs."

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Return to Paradise Resort and Spa
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Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Apia, Tuamasaga
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Faleata Golf Course, Papaseea Sliding Rocks, and National Parliament. Apia Park and Robert ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Home Away from Home in Apia Highlands
"We are 2 couples who recently spent 3 nights at the Fale during our 14 day Samoa adventures in August 2018. We loved waking up to the birds and the beautiful tropical vegetation of the Highland Hideaway, sitting out on the covered balcony in the sunshine for breakfast pre dinner drinks and for dinner. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2018

Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Ifiele'ele Plantation
Ifiele'ele Plantation
3.5 out of 5
Satui Road, Lepale, Fasito'o Uta
Situated in Fasito'o Uta, this aparthotel is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) from Giant Clam Sanctuary and 12 mi (19.3 km) from Faleata Golf Course. Return to Paradise Beach ...
5/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Hidden Gem With Major Value!
"I’m a seasoned visitor to Samoa - seen the good, bad and blah of hotels and accommodations between her two main islands... and I LOVED Ifiele’ele! The accommodations are located a ways inland down a pretty rough road (you won’t want to walk there) but the property is stunning. The hosts were generous ..."

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Ifiele'ele Plantation
Highland Hideaway above Apia nestled in your own private little valley
Highland Hideaway above Apia nestled in your own private little valley
Apia, Tuamasaga
Situated by the sea, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Faleata Golf Course, Papaseea Sliding Rocks, and National Parliament. Apia Park and Robert ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Loved the kindness of the people. John was great!
"It’s hard to find a place big enough to House 10 adults. There were beds for only 9 so one had to sleep on the floor and the downstairs beds were small. It’s a very nice home and we adjusted well and had a great time. We loved sitting out on the large balcony in the cool of the evening a gazing at ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2017

Highland Hideaway above Apia nestled in your own private little valley
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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