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RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« on: May 12 2008 11:05:00 »
I'm in full agreement about Maninoa. Yes the staff is friendly but the service, water situation, and sanitary conditions are poor. One of my mates is still suffering medical/intestinal issues and its been more than a year. Not to mention first come - first serve on the surf transfers. One dawn patrol almost came to blows. Too many blokes and not enough boats. Sure, we caught Boulders going-off but definately should have stayed somewhere else.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #1 on: June 28 2008 20:06:00 »
Maninoa is a true Samoan experience, their fales are true to what Samoan living is like. It is situated right between two luxury resorts sharing the same beach (which charge you American dollars so you know they are swanky and quite expensive). Maninoa is currently 90 tala a night which converts to about 40 dollars a night for all you can eat breakfast, dinner and accomodation. Seriously, we spend that much on buying drinks and dinner in the city in one night. So don't complain about the price unless you are actually doing it through lineup.com.au because they are the ones getting the extra fees you paid. the locals who own the resort are not getting that extra money.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #2 on: June 28 2008 20:06:00 »
The food is great, I've been in Samoa for three months and stayed in Maninoa several times. I haven't gotten sick once. When you go to Samoa its third world country so clearly, if you are expecting 5 star resort then you would go to Sinalei who charges 200 US a night at least. Maninoa is not swank but its definitely a decent place to stay for a traveler.
Samoans may be a little shy to speak if they are not confident about their english but its not to say that their service is ever bad- Samoans are known for their hospitality and generosity. So all in all, Maninoa is highly recommended- its just down to earth and a great budget place to stay.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #3 on: June 29 2008 10:06:00 »
My word on that is Simple. Harden the f@£%k up!!! I stayed a good 10days at Moninoa and scored good surf and the food was pretty good for what you paid. Just turn up that is probly the cheapist way.You are right if you arent a rough surf taveller then stay somewhere else but dont pay Moninoa out its the only fully locally run surf camp in Samoa and is super friendly unlike some others.Hope the surf turns it on.
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #4 on: July 05 2008 03:07:00 »
Hi i was just brousing the sight and i noticed the posts on Maninoa. after reading through all the blogs i thought i would add my point from my experances.
I have stayed at Maninoa now three times and have had some of the most memorable times of my life. I have to admit that i was surprised by some of the negativity, i wonder where there motivations come from? I had the best waves of my life, very few surfers, the surf guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, there were so much local and western food, accommodation far exceeded my expectations for the price, the staff were polite and friendly, although quiet and didnt mingle much with us guests. The place was safe and has the best waves in samoa out the front. The resort has a very cultural feel which i really liked as i was in samoa! Ioved the place and ill be back there next year!
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #5 on: July 09 2008 01:07:00 »
hi! is there anyone i can get a ride out to ANY surf breaks with on upolu? im staying at the usp alafua campus for two months and brought a board. ;
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #6 on: July 16 2008 16:07:00 »
Maninoa Staff is amazing, the food is great and Tim the surf guide is awsome. It sounds like your used to the surf RESORT lifestyle. Ive stayed there 3 times as a walk in and no worries, they have always accomadated me, even when full. Samoa is home to some of the nicest people Ive ever met and If you want to experience the samoan culture and way of life you stay at Maninoa.
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RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #7 on: July 25 2008 15:07:00 »
C'mon chaps, seriously, you need to learn to harden up. being a surfer means your something else, not a nancy. last time i checked, we were supposed to be a hard bunch, not complaining wanks...
Nothing wrong with Maninoa, Ive been there several times and stayed there too. I am a local surfer but i still support the local surf operators. stop complaining!
RE: Maninoa surf camp complaints« Reply #8 on: August 02 2008 22:08:00 »
must be americans complaining about maninoa, good! dont go back.
the experience is up to you, go with the wrong attitude and your gota get the wrong attitude.
the most beautiful 3rd world contry ive ever had the pleasure of walking on.
sounds like you who complain should be staying at new aggie greys with hotdogs,fries and a litre of cola.
leave the real surf experinece to the real surfers
RE: Maninoa surf camp« Reply #9 on: December 23 2008 06:12:00 »
maninoa is beautiful - there is a swimming hole at the end of the dock that is great. staff was helpful and warm. locals friendly and fun. good healthy food, clean etc. franny is the best surf guide!