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.
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.
Aganoa Lodge offers simple accommodation. 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, and 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).
Keith Martin (originally an Aussie who moved to Samoa in 1975) and his Samoan wife Lanuola, together with their children and team, operate Aganoa Lodge on the big island of Savaii in Samoa. Keith knows Savaii's surf better than anyone and Lanuola cooks delicious tasty meals from locally sourced 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.
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. Stars 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.
Over the past 30 years that Keith Martin has been in the region, he's had the privilege to "discover" many waves and surf a multitude of others. The incredible part about most breaks on Savai’i (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 Savai’i’s waves are a short paddle from the beach. Serving up consistent rights and/or lefts for any skill level 2-10ft, 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. The surf here is ultra-consistent, with lefts and rights that work in all 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 Aganoa regularly surf with their guests. Also rest assured there are a few spots NOT on the site which you may get to visit while you are here.
Aganoa Right: Savai’i’s premiere wave and just a quick paddle from the beach at Aganoa. Like Salani on neighboring Upolu island, Aganoa Right is extremely consistent, breaking any time 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 mins 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 when you get frustrated by the crowd (your other 4 buddies) at Middles.
Pastor Point: A long, extremely fun right 30 minutes up the northeast side on the corner of an outer reef (that’s still paddle-able). While the wave still barrels, it’s a bit softer than Aganoa and perfect for any skill level.
East Side Secret Spots: Keith Martin has uncovered a wealth of unknown, unsurfed “secret” spots over the course of almost three decades Savai’i. 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 give way to a lifetime a nostalgia 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 our 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 the main road and the long drive back to Aganoa.
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 prevention, and making sure your surf travel experience is the best it can be.
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.
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 10 minutes away. From there, it’s a quick hour-long ferry ride (with multiple crossings all day) from Upolu to Savai’i. Then another 10 minutes by van to Aganoa Lodge.