Sailing Guide





Apia harbour is the perfect setting for mariners with lovely views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to the capital's downtown district, although it offers little protection in strong winds. Downtown Apia sits overlooking the harbour and offers all yachting facilities as well as numerous restaurants and bars in the town. Unfortunately the close and shallow coral reef surrounding both Upolu and Savai'i keeps yachts from sailing around the islands - there are few passages, the best being at Fagaloa Bay on Upolu and the more popular yachting spots at Avao and Asau Bay on the north shore of Savai'i.
Apia is the only official entry point in Western Samoa (Pago Pago on neighbouring American Samoa has its own independent customs and clearance). Pull up alongside the wharf with your quarantine flag raised and wait for officials. You will need five copies of your crew list with proof of each passengers onward ticket or confirmation they will depart with the yacht, as well as certificate of clearance from your last port of call. There is a small daily fee for anchorage. Prior permission must be sought to visit other parts of Samoa which can be obtained from the Prime Ministers office in downtown Apia. If you plan to leave the country from Savai'i, check out with immigration in Apia before leaving for Savai'i.
Pago Pago, capital of neighbouring American Samoa, has a splendid deep water natural harbour which offers the best protection from strong winds of all south pacific islands. Pago Pago is also the cheapest place in the region to stock up on foods and essentials. Anchorage is free for seven days, after which a fee of US$15 or more must be paid.
Share your comments about "Samoa"


To precisely geolocate this site. Update if necessary.
Sites around Samoa
Flying distances - Direct line


Apia W. S.
19 Aug 07



3 Jun 16


Small port.
31 Dec 12

Pago Pago Harbor

31 Dec 12


Pago Pago A. S.
19 Aug 07

Tutuila SE

19 Aug 07


19 Aug 07


1 Jan 70


Mata Utu
19 Aug 07


1 Jan 70

Vava'u N

19 Aug 07

Vavau Harbor

1 Jan 70
Local Area

SE Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean, largest and deepest of the world's five oceans, covering more than a third of the earth's surface and containing more than half of its free water. The part south of the equator is called the South
Pacific. The name Pacific, which means peaceful, was given to it by ...
13 Jan 09

Wallis and Futuna

Guadalupe Island
24 Aug 18


Tonga sailing holidays are of the highest quality The Vava'u group in the north has become something of a mecca for sailors around the world - it's deep channel waterways and protected bays are ideal for anchorage and offer excellent sailing conditions between May and October - the ...
30 Dec 07

Cook Islands

For those sailing to the Cook Islands, there are four ports of entry.The main entry is at Avarua harbour on the north coast of Rarotonga - fly your Q flag on arrival and a customs rep will meet come aboard.Other official ports of entry are Aitutaki, 140 miles to the north of
Rarotonga, ...
14 Jul 11

Polynésie Française

La Polynésie française comprend 118 îles réparties en un ensemble de 5 archipels français, situés dans le sud de l'Océan Pacifique, environ 6 000 km à l'est de l'Australie.
Elle comprend:
l'archipel de la Société ( îles du Vent et îles Sous-le-Vent),
l'archipel ...
24 Feb 16
During your navigation, remember to update the data. If a harbor, marina or anchorage is missing, create it. Thank you for all boaters.