Discovering the islands independently by renting a car or scooter, or even a bike makes for a truly active adventure. Hiring both a vehicle and a guide/driver ensures you see as much of the islands as possible, perfect for a shorter stay.
Or, live like the locals do, and catch one of Samoa’s colourful public buses - payment is cash only. The buses don't run to a firm schedule and can't be relied on for meeting a tight timeframe, but are perfect for exploring Samoa at your leisure, and experiencing how the locals live.
There are many taxis on both Upolu and Savai’i, that are relatively low-priced and only accept cash.
Upolu and Savai’i Islands are linked by two regularly-scheduled ferries that take foot passengers and vehicles. Smaller islands can be reached using small local operators or chartering a boat.