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Samoa's currency

The Samoa decimal currency is the Tala (dollar) and Sene (cent). 100 Sene = ST$1 (Tala). All major foreign currencies are exchangeable in Samoa. The exchange rate is approximately ST$2.20 = AUD$1. For the most current exchange rates, visit Currency Converter.

Samoa Tala can also be purchased outside the country from a few selected banks. However, you will need to check with your bank if you can order some before you depart.


Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners & JCB) are widely accepted throughout major hotels, restaurants and stores. Travellers’ cheques are also widely accepted at major banks and hotels.

EFTPOS machines that accept Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Amex, JCB & Plus Cards and Access International Debit Card can be found throughout Upolu and Savaii in major hotels, resorts and supermarkets.

Sample prices

Vailima beer = ST$3.50 small ST$5.80 large
1 litre bottle of water = ST$3.00
Fresh coconut = ST$1.50
Average room prices = Beach Fales ST$50 (incl breakfast & dinner)
Average meal prices = Market chop suey ST$5 to ST$40 for a main at a good restaurant in Apia

These prices are in Samoan Tala, are correct as of 11/09/09 and are subject to change.

*The Small Print
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