In the past years, several "surfing camps" have opened in Samoa, but those who prefer a bit more upscale comfort, things like air conditioning and an excellent ala carte menu; like our pool for spouses or traveling partners to enjoy and tap water that's safe to drink, tend to gravitate to Coconuts. Our laid back atmosphere suits them perfectly, our location is, quite frankly, incomparable and, when everything is considered, our rates can be just about the same.
Much of the surf in Samoa tends to be reef break, and many of the breaks must be accessed by boat (or very long paddles). To help you find your way to and around the waves, Coconuts can arrange for surf guiding. The guides we use have their own boats, are top flight surfers themselves, and know what's happening where and when. Contact us for more details!
Them's the Breaks!
There are several great breaks within paddling distance of the hotel and even more a short boat ride away. Directly in front of the hotel, about 300 meters out, is a very nice right aptly named..."Coconuts"! Further west along the edge of our turquoise lagoon are two or three other breaks. One, named "Catapult" after one of the favorite (and most potent) of Mika's tropical cocktails, is a thick and mean right; another, called Tafitoala, is a popular left. Heading east down the beach from Coconuts are at least two more breaks, including a left called Siumu, lying offshore from the village of the same name. This is a good paddle from the beach, out a reef cut with a strong, outgoing current.
A short boat ride further east down the coast, off of the Aganoa black sand beach, are two more great breaks, a left and a right. Both of these are an easy paddle from the beach if you choose to approach by car.
The left, called Boulders, is one of the most popular in Samoa. Of course, in Samoa, that sort of popularity only means that you might see someone else out there once every odd Saturday! Aganoa beach is also a great, sandy bottomed swimming beach, with beautiful snorkeling reefs on each side of it's small bay and virtually no currents.
Naturally, elsewhere on the island, there are dozens of other known breaks, and probably just as many undiscovered or "secret" ones. Most of these are accessible by car and besides being great rides, are set in spectacular surroundings. Check out Tiavea, a tiny village on the northeast corner of the island, a half hour drive from the main road down a rough dirt track, in a beautiful little bay.
Big Waves, Big Names
Every Year Samoa gets it's fair share of "big name" visitors from the world of professional surfing, and a number of them have stayed at Coconuts. In the past years our list of notable surfing guests includes names like Bethany Hamilton, Chris Lassen, Sonny Garcia, Aaron Loyo, Brian Jennings, Serena Brooke and Jon Rose.
In addition, we have hosted Perry Farrell and Roger Leonard from "Porno for Pyros", their sound man Russel Toi, famous surfing photographer Aaron Chang and other such notables as Peter Destephano, Matt Archibold, James Brisick, Strider Wasilewski and Shawn Briley.