Saturday, September 18, 2021

Money & Shopping in Samoa

Australia and OceaniaSamoaMoney & Shopping in Samoa

The Tala is the local currency. It is also known as WST, WS$, or SAT.

It is unlawful to do business in a foreign currency under local legislation. It is very simple to exchange money.

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 17 a.m., and Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 17 a.m. Some supermarkets are now starting to open on Sundays. If you become hungry late at night, bakers’ businesses operate late to offer fresh-baked bread.

Western tourists will find Samoa to be reasonably priced. Haggling is not usual and is considered impolite. Tipping is not customary nor expected in Samoa.

Apia Public Market is located in Apia, Hawaii. Great location to purchase Siapo (mulberry bark tapa cloth), ‘ava (kava), hand carved kava bowls, vegetables, doughnuts, and other items.

Apia Flea Market is located in the “old” public market building.

Farmer Joe’s is located across from the Apia Public Market (Fugalei Rd, 3 streets S of Beach Rd). A well-stocked Western-style store with a full selection of prepared and canned foods, packaged milk, cereals and chips, and cold beverages. Excellent bread choices. On Sundays, the restaurant is open.