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Maninoa surf camp complaints« on: August 14 2007 14:08:00 »
Maninoa Surf camp on Upolu was not what we had expected at all. I would not recomend this place to anyone other than those travelling surfers who enjoy roughing it, but not at roughing it prices. We found that about 90% of the people that stayed there had complaints about one thing or another. No water pump for 2 days, paying for surf transfers and not getting to go surfing, having 45 (yes 45!) surfers staying there, being ripped off on airport transfers, getting very ill from the food, and absolutely crap servise all round. Having stayed at other places I can assure you, there are better and cheaper.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #1 on: September 25 2007 04:09:00 »
what alternatives on Upolu do you suggest? were wanting to go cheap and be in walking distance from surf breaks. so far Ive researched only Virgin Cove and Sina PJ Fales. Cheap, but are these places close to surf? what other suggestions do you have?
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #2 on: October 04 2007 16:10:00 »
Sinas has 2 to 3 breaks out front, 20 minute paddles.
Savaii has beachfront fales (not sure of names) but they are about half way along the south coast and apparantly very good. Get a car, dont committ to anything and do a few days travelling. Keep an eye on the swell maps as surf changes a lot when new swells arrive.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #3 on: October 09 2007 19:10:00 »
The hell with W. Samoa! American Samoa has the endless left barrels of Nua, northern beach breaks, and friendly natives. When flat, great tropical mountain hikes. There are real hospitals if you get in trouble; just bring a case of aloha for the locals and you're in there!
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #4 on: January 27 2008 01:01:00 »
Just got back last week. Stayed at Coconuts next door to Mainoa, What a dump Maninoa is. I hear you pay a much cheaper rate when you get there than in Australia, Mossy infested and run down. Looked deserted two weeks ago. There are better alternatives.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #5 on: March 13 2008 02:03:00 »
What better places are there to stay? Any suggestions? Going over very soon
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #7 on: March 25 2008 03:03:00 »
Just got back from Samoa. Didnt stay at Maninoa, but did day boat trips from there. Surf guide was awesome dude and only three staying at the camp. Not sure about staying at Coconuts. Good location, but doesnt look like its worth what you will pay.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #8 on: April 14 2008 19:04:00 »
There's nothing bad about Maninoa, if you thought it was bad then you clearly aren't a traveling surfer. It is tough to get to - either long, crowded bus ride or ultra,expensive taxi. The place is sweet and so is the staff. The food is good, which is why it is expensive to stay there compared to other places. I hear that there is a place just on the other side of coconuts that is cheaper and then you can catch the boat at either maninoa or coconuts to go surf. If you go during the S. Hemi winter then expect the break to be over crowded cause the waves are going off.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #9 on: May 11 2008 14:05:00 »
I am booked in to going over there in September and staying at Maninoa. I have been surfing for a few years but would not say I am experienced or that skilled. Everywhere I seem to look says that the breaks are pretty extreme and you wouldn't want to tackle them lightly. It would be my first surfing trip on proper reefs so basically are there any waves over there to "warm up" on?