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Hiring a car is the best way to see all the sights available and you can take as much time as you like. Speed restrictions apply and take extra care driving through villages – slow right down. The main road circling Upolu and Savaii is tar-sealed but four wheel drive is necessary to reach the sights off the main roads.

As international driving licences are not accepted you need to obtain a temporary WST$10 local license. These are easy to get from the police station in Apia or direct from a number of car rental firms. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.

A passenger and vehicle ferry operates between Upolu and Savaii. The trip takes one hour and rental cars can be taken on the ferry.

Taxis in Samoa are cheap and plentiful. The Samoa Visitor's Bureau has a price list for Apia. Do agree on a price ahead of time; if they think you look rich they may try to overcharge you. You can get one for a whole day for about the same price as a rental car. A taxi from one end of Apia to the other should only cost about 40-50 Tala.

Buses are cheap and are a memorable experience.

Cycling is possible and can be quite enjoyable, but 'Upolu has a few fairly steep and hilly sections. Savai'i has only 2 or 3 small steep sections (around the western end).

Public transport is fairly widespread throughout Samoa, and boats provide transport between the islands. Most people do not own cars and have no need of them; however, heavy traffic is common in Apia, the capital.

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