The Samoan islands are surrounded by miles of pristine beaches, crystal blue ocean, and dazzling reef. A trip to this country means you’ve probably already packed the basics, booked your flight and hotel, and you’re ready to embark on your journey to paradise. But keep in mind that Samoa is a conservative country, and you should do your research ahead of time. Be sure not to be surprised by beach fees. In Samoa, the majority of the beaches are owned by families and villages, and they charge visitors a small fee (from 5 to 20 tala) to swim, take photos on the beach, or even wander around the sand. If you’re staying at a resort, you won’t have to worry about this fee at all. Here’s our list of all the other things you should NOT do in Samoa.
Which Samoan rules and customs surprised you the most?