Currency is the Samoan tala. ATMs can be found at the airport and on both islands, but they can be scarce. Carry small local bills to cover entrance fees.
If you visit a remote village, neither men nor women should wear shorts. Wear long pants or ask to borrow a lavalava (a sarong).
When entering a Samoan fale, take off your shoes outside and sit on the mat quickly if elders are present. Tuck your feet under you or sit cross-legged. Do not point your feet at anyone.
Never wear bathing suits or bikinis anywhere but the beach.
March to November is the best time to go. Temperatures rarely stray outside the range of 82 to 89 degrees. It rains year-round (hence the lush greenery), but you get more precipitation from December to February.
Samoa: The South Pacific's Next "It" Destination
If you want a destination where a feast of the world’s freshest fish runs $15, an overwater bungalow costs half the price of Tahiti, the water hosts no noxious species, and the beaches are blazingly white, put Samoa on your list.