Cash is also required for visiting beaches and other areas owned by villages, where you will often be asked for a customary fee.
All major foreign currencies can be exchanged in Samoa. Money exchange services are based at Faleolo International Airport, in the capital city Apia, and at some major hotels and resorts.
International visitors can use credit cards in ATMs but must have a PIN to withdraw cash. Some ATMs will accept New Zealand EFTPOS cards. A transaction fee may apply when withdrawing cash.
Like in any country, cash and credit cards should not be left unattended.
Samoa’s national currency is the Tala (dollar) and Sene (cent). Prices are displayed using the standard dollar symbol ($), a ST$ for Samoan Tala or WST$ (Western Samoa Tala).
Tala is the only currency accepted in Samoa.
100 Sene equals one Tala.
ST$5 $10 $20 $50 $100
10c, 20c, 50c, ST$1, $2