Stay Safe in Samoa
Samoa is usually regarded as a safe location. The crime rate is minimal, and the people are very helpful and kind. Items are sometimes stolen. However, with reasonable measures, the risk of this occurring should be low.
In Apia, free roaming dogs may be a safety hazard. As a first step toward tackling canine control, the Government of Samoa (GoS) enacted the Canine Control Act in 2013. Most dogs will ignore you and will not see you as a danger if you ignore them.
Stay Healthy in Samoa
Malaria does not exist in Samoa. However, there are rare outbreaks of dengue fever and (since 2014) chikungunya, therefore measures such as mosquito nets and insect repellent should be used. It should be noted that the mosquito that transmits dengue usually bites during the day.
Use bottled water. It’s inexpensive and widely accessible.
On land, there are no known toxic animals or insects, but centipedes may deliver a severe bite. Be wary of purple cone shells, sea urchins, fire coral, and other marine creatures in the water. Wearing footwear when snorkeling is strongly advised if you are not using fins.
Some visitors have reported having a severe adverse response to the ceremonial drink kava. Symptoms include a visible rash, swelling of the neck and face, perspiration, and pain. Medical care should be sought as soon as possible, and a prescription for Prednisolone is generally sufficient. It may take anywhere between 12 and 24 hours for the effects to wear off.
There are two hospitals in Apia and one on Savaii in Tuasivi, a few kilometers north of the Salelologa ferry terminal.