Aganoa Lodge

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Surf Skill: 
3
Intermed
Comfort: 
3
Mid
Season: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Max Surfers: 
8
0
Surf Resort
Right and left out front
Personalised service
Exceptional Food
Ideal for Couples
Family friendly
Great Fishing
Honeymoons
Max. 8 surfers

Overview

Aganoa Lodge is part of the Pegasus Lodges group of surf resorts which also includes Telo Island Lodge in Sumatra.  Aganoa has been transformed into a boutique surf lodge, however it still retains it's rustic charm and obviously it's incredible location with a maximum of 8 surfers.  An emphasis is placed on personalised service and excellent cuisine.  Aganoa founder, Australian expat Keith Martin and his family, continue to manage the resort along with a new chef and surf guide.  

Talofa Lava and welcome to Polynesian Paradise!  Aganoa Lodge on Savaii Island in beautiful Samoa is the perfect destination for a simple and uncomplicated surf trip.  The Lodge offers a laid back relaxed vibe in a tropical paradise surrounded by pumping uncrowded surf.  Paddle out from your Fale to score perfect rights or lefts and take in the easy going nature of one of the most chilled destinations on the planet.

Accommodation

Aganoa Lodge is tucked away in an idyllic spot, off the beaten track in the village of Palauli. Situated at secluded Aganoa Beach in a rainforest conservation reserve, with commanding views of white sandy beaches and natural fauna, Aganoa Lodge is a real gem.  Unplug from your busy world at this completely stress-free destination. 

Beachfront fale's with surf out front

Aganoa Lodge offers simple yet elegant accommodation.  There are eight stand-alone, open-air fales (bungalows), each surrounded by a privacy screen, intended to give guests their own perfect carved out piece of paradise. Each unit is constructed almost entirely of reclaimed timber and lava rocks collected on-site.  Each features a king or queen sized, four poster mosquito-netted bed, ensuite bathroom with open-sky shower, power outlets, safes and private porch decks for relaxing or watching the surf (literally steps from the lagoon beach).

After a long day in the water or exploring Savaii, take a seat at the beach bar, grab a frosty drink and relax as you watch the sets roll in.  Enjoy the thought of being able to do it all again tomorrow.  
 

Your Hosts

Keith Martin (originally an Aussie who moved to Samoa many decades ago) and his Samoan wife Lanuola, together with their children and many staff, operate Aganoa Lodge on the big island of Savaii in Samoa. Keith knows Savaii's surf better than anyone and Lanuola oversees the preparation of some of the most delicious, tasty meals available in Savaii - all locally sourced or locally grown produce that will satisfy any surfer’s appetite. The couple have an abundance of experience hosting surfers and their hospitality becomes a real highlight of the trip.  

Meals

Aganoa Lodge Samoa offers a delicious and authentic set-menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the oceanfront restaurant.  Locally sourced and sustainable ingredients anchor a menu of Samoan delicacies blended with Western cuisine. Star items are fresh fish caught daily right offshore and organic fruits and veggies grown either in their on-site hydroponic facility or in the gardens of nearby villages. The bar of course is stocked with ice-cold beverages, local beers, New Zealand wines, spirits and bottled water. There is a reasonable cocktail range which does include such favourites as an Espresso Martini!

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Surf

Over the many years that Keith Martin has been in the region, he has had the privilege of "discovering" many waves and surfing a multitude of others.  The incredible part about most breaks on Savaii (including the main break out front) is how accessible they are.  While most breaks on neighboring Upolu require a boat ride to an outer reef, nearly all of Savaii’s waves are a short paddle from the beach.  Serving up consistent rights and/or lefts in the 2-10ft range, surfing is even allowed at Aganoa on Sundays (wink-wink).

There are over 10 different waves within an hour’s run of the Lodge - the majority are within 30 minutes drive. The surf here is ultra-consistent, with lefts and rights that work in most tides. Best of all, the variety of surf offers many options for all levels of surfers and equipment.  The breaks below are just a sample of the places where Aganoa Lodge regularly surf with their guests. Also rest assured there are a few spots NOT on the list, which you may get to visit while you are there.

Aganoa Right:  Savaii’s premiere wave and just a short paddle from the beach at Aganoa Lodge. Like Salani on neighboring Upolu island, Aganoa Right is extremely consistent, breaking much of the year and at all sizes from 2-10ft+. The Right also has multiple take-off spots for any surf-level and is optimal at mid though high tides. Wedging on 2-3 different peaks, the Right offers a hollow tube on takeoff, then walling into the inside, and barreling again before the channel.

Aganoa Left:  Also in front of the restaurant at Aganoa and a short paddle from the Right, the Left peels around the reef pass and into a channel on the western side of the beach.  Depending on the swell direction, the Left has a gorgeous barrel as well.

K-Land:  An intoxicating reef pass eerily reminiscent of the famed G-Land on Java. Surfable from 4-12ft+, the wave is a long, wrapping mix of both hollow, barreling sections and rippable walls. Just 30 minutes drive from Aganoa.

Middles:  Just across the channel from K-Land, Middles is a playful, bowly, split-peak peeling into a wide channel. Across the channel from the left is also a shorter but very fun right - if you happen you get frustrated by the crowd (your other 4 buddies) at Middles.

Pastor Point:  A long, extremely fun right 30 minutes drive up the northeast side on the corner of an outer reef (that’s still paddle-able). While the wave does barrel, it’s a bit softer than Aganoa and perfect for most skill levels.

East Side Secret Spots:  Keith Martin has uncovered a wealth of unknown, unsurfed “secret” spots over the course of his time living on Savaii. And though he’s hesitant to give away his secret locations, he won’t hesitate to tell you that the outer reefs of the East-side are home to some of his favorites.  Accessible only by boat and almost invisible from shore, perfect reef passes peel down empty lineups into sparking blue lagoons.  While not always working, these gems are perfect for any ability level and, once experienced, will provide a lifetime of vivid and savored memories for any surfer lucky enough to have been there on the right day (and smart enough to take Keith’s vow of secrecy).

Coconut Grove:  An hour away from Aganoa and the reliable “hedge” against the “devil wind” that hits the Aganoa Lodge house waves straight onshore, Coconut Grove is a mercurial setup that can be fun and playful or downright terrifying.  A series of left-hand setups that wind across a shallow reef, the wave can be as hollow as any wave in the Pacific or as rippable as any wave, well, anywhere.  That said, every session at Coconut Grove ends the same way - marveling at the black lava, the blue water with the taste of coconut water (a gift from a friendly villager) on your lips as empty wave after empty wave peels down the lonely reef.  Then blindfolds go back on (literally) for the drive back to the main road and the longish drive back to Aganoa Lodge.

Surf Guides

A good surf guide understands the ocean.  A great surf guide understands his guests.  At Aganoa Lodge Samoa, the surf guides are the key to their success and are responsible for countless guests riding the best waves of their lives.  Aganoa Lodge invests seriously in hiring and developing the best surf guides in the world.  World-class surfers who focus on enhancing your experience, not their own.  They ensure your time is maximized, and match a break’s degree of difficulty with your own capabilities.

Aganoa surf guides are all about safety. They are qualified and well-trained in emergency procedures.  Aganoa continually evaluates their safety and risk management processes in consultation with industry-leading authorities.  Guidance, hazard identification, equipment, emergency plans…the team are serious about safety and making sure your surf travel experience is the best it can be. 

 

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Non Surf Activities

While primarily Aganoa caters to surfers (only 8 at a time) seeking its guaranteed uncrowded waves, Aganoa — like Savai’i itself — is also the perfect place for the family. With an array of activities from kayaking, fishing, snorkeling and more, both on-site and island-wide, Aganoa is a stress-free destination without the exorbitant price tag that most destinations of this caliber attach. Couple that with Samoa’s beautiful Polynesian culture and people — and you may never want to return home.

Kayaking and SUPs:  Aganoa offers sea kayaks for guests wanting to roam the lagoon, kayak fish, or venture further along the coast.

Olemoe Waterfall:  Just 10 minutes inland from Aganoa is a gorgeous freshwater pool at the foot of a thundering 100 foot waterfall. Bathe in the cool waters or leap from the jump-rock in front of the falls.

Fishing:  Borrow a pole and cast right from the lagoon, or take a full-blown day or half-day trip with Lee, our resident fishing expert, to prime spots not far from Aganoa.

Snorkeling:  Snorkel and dive gear is available for guests to explore the colorful and lively coral reefs that thrive right off our shores in the always crystal clear waters.

Alofaaga Blowhole:  A natural phenomenon just 30 minutes away. Bring a few fallen coconuts, throw them in the blowhole and watch them lift off!

Cycling:  Borrow one of Aganoa's many beach cruisers and go for a leisurely ride down to the waterfall. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, the staff can arrange for an afternoon ride down Mt. Silisili.

Fiafia:  All guests are welcomed to Aganoa with an ancient, traditional Samoan feast/celebration called fiafia. During fiafia guests get to taste an array of every Samoan delicacy from palusami to underground oven-baked pig.

Games:  Take an afternoon off from the surf and entertain yourself with one of many games from bocce, to horseshoes, and croquet to table tennis and darts.

Eco excursions:  In comparison to the neighboring island of Upolu, much of Savai’i is undeveloped and the interior rainforests remain wild and virtually untouched. Aganoa offers hikes and eco-friendly guided tours through the rainforest or around Mt. Silisili. 

Itinerary

You can fly into Apia on the island of Upolu, Samoa from many Pacific hubs such as L.A., Honolulu, Auckland, Nadi, Sydney and Brisbane.  From there, a designated surf guide from Aganoa Lodge will meet you at the airport with a van and transport you to the ferry terminal just 10 minutes away.  From there, it’s an hour-long ferry ride from Upolu to Savaii.  Then another 10 minutes by van to Aganoa Lodge.

Reviews for Aganoa Lodge

Mark Trewella

Date of Stay: 
10-18 Jun 2016
Surf Stoke: 
3
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

We thoroughly enjoyed a holiday at Aganoa Lodge Samoa.  The remoteness added to the peace and tranquility of our piece of paradise. The ability to have the surf out the front was total choice however, we didn't realise we were governed by the tide so much as in we assumed as a surfer, you would Read more...

Gary Belcher

Date of Stay: 
22 Nov - 05 Dec 2014
Surf Stoke: 
2
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
3

All travel arrangements went smoothly and accommodation was adequate for blokes on a surf trip. Keith, Lanu and family made us welcome from go to whoa and ensured we had the best possible time in and out of the water. Samoa is safe, friendly and easy going and that helped make it an experience Read more...

Ross Kolkka

Date of Stay: 
October 2014
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
4

A piece of paradise in a remote corner of Samoa.  Excellent hosts, perfect weather and food.  A good fun wave, can give u a bit of a bite if caught inside...  Read more...

Emma Flett

Date of Stay: 
October 2014
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
4

Best holiday in my life!  Not often do you go somewhere that is better than what it looks on the website.  Couldn't fault the resort at all and it had everything there to cater for the experienced surfers and learners (that would be me)!  Read more...

Rob Schmidt

Date of Stay: 
October 2013
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
3

The surf break is right out the front, literally only 100m off the beach. It was what I expected. The fale's were very simple but I could check the surf while lying in bed. The main surf dude there Lee was awesome. He was great out in the surf and came on a couple of tours around the island with Read more...

Maarten Plooy

Date of Stay: 
May 2014
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
4

It's an excellent spot and it's likely I will return one day.  Flying into Samoa direct was great. Read more...

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