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“Totally incredible!! Great place in a fantasy location!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vaoto Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Ofu
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Totally incredible!! Great place in a fantasy location!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2010

Vaoto Lodge is an incredible experience. Very difficult to get to these days but well worth the time and effort!! Since air service to Ofu has been discontinued you'll need to cross over from Ta'u with local fishermen (Tom or Lofi at the airport in Ta'u can help you and even find arrange a place for you to stay in Ta'u with a family as you wait). You need to be flexible in arrival/departure due to weather, seas, and availability of fishermen making the crossing. Vaoto is located in the most awesome location on the planet. You will have incredible beaches to yourself. Hiking and snorkeling is superb. Ben and Deb are great hosts and will take good care of you and put you up in one of the cabins that are simple, clean, and adequate. Meals are served in the lodge. I'm looking forward to getting back to my all-time favorite place!!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2009

Ofu is a great place to lose yourself. There isn’t a lot to do except relax, read and snorkel, and it doesn’t get any better!
Vaoto Lodge is definitely the place to stay while at Ofu. Marge is an amazing and kind person, and an excellent host. Our room was a newly renovated unit with 2 bedrooms and 1 washroom. The windows were louvered and there were fans in the rooms, so air-conditioning was not needed. Meals were simple but very good and satisfying. The common area was where we ate all of our meals, played some pool and watched a couple of movies on a rainy day. Jay, who was the carpenter working on Deb and Ben’s house, was a really neat fellow and really enriched our time on Ofu.
My husband, my dad and one of my daughters got a day of fishing with some locals (okay, everyone other than us was a local!) and caught some tuna, which Marge cooked up four ways, all of them were soooo good! The cost of fishing was very reasonable.
We used the lodge truck one day to drive to Olosenga and check out the road as far as we could go. But most of our time was spent at the beach near hurricane house (walking distance) where we would laze about on the deserted beach or snorkel. It was a truly amazing experience being in an area so beautiful and isolated. Snorkeling was very good, and each time we went out we would see something new. Because we had our young girls with us we only snorkeled in this calm and safe area, but I understand that there are lots of areas to see. I was sad to see some coral damage which is attributed to global warming.
The mosquitoes were not bad while we were there. We saw flying foxes, a couple of small reef sharks, and a couple of eels. The airstrip just outside the lodge was very unique, and it was the perfect spot to lay down to star-gaze.
Marge and Deborah were indispensible in actually getting to Ofu and back to Pago. Inter-Island Air wasn’t flying to Ofu when we chose to go, we had to fly to Tau and get an alia (boat) to Ofu (about an hour), all of which Marge arranged for us. A fellow on his way home helped us get a ride with a friend to the wharf from the airport…it was all just so neat to meet these wonderful accommodating people.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2008

I just got back from an awesome weekend on Ofu which included a stay at Vaoto Lodge. There really is something to be said for a place that is family run and managed. Considering the lodge is really the only place to stay on Ofu it would be easy for the owners to not care. However, the Malae family are excellent hosts, treat you like family and do everything to make sure your stay is perfect. The lodge itself is not a resort, its actually somewhat rustic, but has all the conveniences you would need. My bungalow had a bed with separate bathroom, hot and cold shower and ceiling fan. With the ocean breezes I didn't need air conditioning at all. There is also a separate common room type building with dining area, TV, movies, books and plenty of games. The owners Marge and Tito were off island so their daughter and husband were our hosts - they were absolutely wonderful. Deb and Ben made us amazing home-cooked meals that were truly restaurant worthy. While the beaches and island itself were worth the trip to Ofu, staying at the lodge made the entire experience amazing.

  • Liked — Excellent hosts and convenience to beach
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Nicholas H
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Property: Vaoto Lodge
Address: American Samoa
Region: American Samoa > Manu'a Islands > Ofu
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Ofu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 5

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