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Car Hire

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Car Hire

Can anyone please recommend a good car hire company in Samoa.

We arrive Apia 28 Aug and stay in Lalomanu for 4 nights.

Questions:

Best to hire from Airport or Taxi to Apia and hire in Apia?

Cost to take car on ferry - I can't see costs on Samoa shipping website?

I was told I have to get my drivers license endorsed - where is this done and how much?

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1. Re: Car Hire

The most reputable rental companies are Blue Pacific Car Hire, Samoana Rentals and Taumeasina Rentals. They will all deliver to the airport and if you're going straight to Savaii then that would be the most economical rather than a taxi to and from Apia. They will issue you with a temporary Samoan licence upon sighting your current NZ licence for a cost of around 30 (or less) tala. Cost of ferry is 180 tala return including driver, passenger is 12 tala each way. The rental company can also book the ferry for you which is best as it needs to be booked well in advance. I'd also book the car soon as August is peak tourist season. Have a wonderful holiday. Deb

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Thanks heaps

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3. Re: Car Hire

We just returned from Samoa & hired a car from Budget at the airport & it was all very easy. We also drove down to Lalomanu . You'll need to get a temporary Samoan driver's licence before you can drive in Samoa. Budget car hire did this for us.

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4. Re: Car Hire

Hi, what type of car did you get and how much per day.

Thanks heaps

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We had a small car which was pretty gutless but it still did the trick. Cost I really can't remember .... have a look online to get a quote for your days. www.samoa.travel/activity/budget-car-rental

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6. Re: Car Hire

Thanks …. much appreciated.

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7. Re: Car Hire

Samoana Car Rentals will sort everything including ferry and licence

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8. Re: Car Hire

Cheers

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9. Re: Car Hire

Hello! I will travel between September 6 and 15, and I have a car reservation through Taumeasina Rentals. I contacted them by email, and after having the final price (which included 9 days discount, license, delivery and drop off at the airport, and ferry to Savaii), I made a deposit of a previous percentage through Western Union, so it was reserved. So far I had no problems with them. I hope that's the case when I arrive in Samoa.

I recommend that you quote and compare prices with the companies that debdestiny points out (and what I did), and see which one offers you the best price. Regarding the cost of the ferry, I consulted Samoa Ferry, and they told me that the value was 90 tala one way for a small vehicle.

Good luck!

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10. Re: Car Hire

Great ... thanks very helpful

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