Samoa (Western Samoa) Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Samoa (Western Samoa)
In September 2009 Samoa implemented a policy to switch the side of the road on which vehicles travel from right-side to left-side. As many vehicles currently being driven in Samoa have steering wheels on the left, care should be taken when driving on the roads as left hand drive cars on left hand drive roads mean overtaking is difficult .To rent a car you need to obtain a temporary Samoan driving license from Apia. There are few sign posts on Upola so you’ll probably need to stop and ask directions regularly. Many of the sites and beaches are on small unmarked roads so its likelylt you’ll get lost a lot! Savaii also has few signs but both Islands have small quiet roads and you shouldn’t find driving stressful.If you rent from a local company check what insurance is included as many don’t offer it. Take care driving through villages and slow right down – village children are known to stone cars that drive too fast and if you hit a pig or even worse a person, the police advise you don’t stop for your own safety but rather drive straight to the nearest police station. The main roads circling both Upolu and Savaii are sealed but four wheel drive is necessary to reach the sights on minor roads, which many are.
Samoa car rental (Western Samoa)
Avis have two outlets in Apia on Upola. They don’t make it clear whether cars can be taken to Savaii Island.
This is a local company who definitely allow cars to be taken to Savaii-
This is another local rental company-
This website has links to local car rental companies, some of whom have websites, others email only.