When New Zealand's travel bubbles do finally start opening, it's likely Samoa will be one of the few amazing places we'll be able to visit.
Whether it's exploring secluded scenic spots, soaking up some sun, catching some waves, or wandering through the markets full of delicious local produce, there is something for every one of us heading to the beautiful island.
You can visit some of the best natural wonders in Samoa by travelling around on a traditional bus for only a few New Zealand dollars per journey. Some beaches, waterholes and waterfalls are property owned by locals who ask for just a minimal access charge which works out to be well under NZ$10 and directly goes to supporting the family.
Five awesome things to do in Samoa on a budget
Tasi: Saleaula Lava Fields, Savai'i:
Discover Samoa's diverse landscapes by visiting the historic Saleaula Lava Fields, taking you from sand to hardened molten rock in a short walk for only five tālā per adult - that's about NZ$2.70.
The main features of the lava field include the Virgin's grave, the LMS Church and of course the lava rocks which date back to a destructive eruption in 1905. Molten lava from the 1905-1911 Mt Matavanu eruption buried five villages.
Lua: Papase'ea Sliding Rocks, Upolu:
Brave Mother Nature's waterslides and slide down these naturally formed rock slides that only require a five tālā per adult entry fee, and have been worn down by thousands of years of running water. There's one 5m slide and three smaller ones at the base of the steps for sliding and swimming. One of the most picturesque and affordable sites in Samoa, Papase'ea is ideal for cooling off on a hot day.
Tolu: Snorkelling at Lalomanu, Upolu:
Some people say that if you visit Samoa and don't go snorkeling, you haven't visited Samoa.
Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 beach destinations in the world, the crystal clear waters of Lalomanu make for the perfect snorkelling adventure. By swimming just a few metres from shore, you'll be welcomed by pristine reefs, and you might even be lucky enough to spot a turtle. Snorkelling is free if you bring your own gear with you, otherwise equipment is available for hire from accommodation providers, some of whom lend it to guests for free.
Fa: Indulge in Samoa's fresh food, Savai'i and Upolu:
Samoa is full of fresh local produce for great prices. Try out the Fugalei Market (Upolu) for a huge variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, sold by local families. You'll find everything from bananas to coconuts and taro, as well as cooked Samoan food and icy cold nui to sip while you explore.
Lima: Catch a wave at some of Samoa's best surf spots, Savai'i and Upolu:
In short, Samoa may just be one of surfing's last great undiscovered destinations. Don't spend a cent and catch some waves across the island. Samoa's two main islands of Upolu and Savai'i offer a range of waves so diverse that every surfer will find one they want to gorge on – think long-zippering walls, rippable A-frame peaks and draining barrels... well that's what the experts call them, apparently.