Manusina Beach Fales was constructed in 1990 by Maka and Upu Vaaiga. While under construction, Maka witnessed a white bird known as the "Manusina" circling overhead day after day - so he chose to name his establishment after the Manusina bird in hopes that his customers would feel the peacefulness and relaxation that the Manusina represents.
Maka and Upu operated Manusina Beach Fales for six years and built a strong reputation for their hospitality, friendliness & service. Unfortunately, Maka and Upu passed away in 1996. Maka's eldest son, Peni Vaaiga, continued to operate Manusina successfully until 2009 when the Tsunami struck the south coastline of Samoa and devastated the Saleapaga region.
The Vaaiga's escaped safely into the montains but their village was destroyed. After this event, there was great fear and uncertainty about whether to re-open Manusina. Eventually Taleo - Maka's youngest son decided to continue his father's dream and started the rebuilding process of Manusina. After months of reconstruction, the NEW Manusina Beach Fales are now open.
Manusina Beach Fales is situated on the South East Coast of the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Saleapaga, Lepa. It is about an hour and a half on the local bus or an hour's drive from Apia township however it is a two hour drive from the Samoa International Airport.
Hotel Address: Saleapaga, Lepa
If you hire a car then you can take the Cross Island road and drive until you reach the village of Siumu at the Three corner right at the end of the Cross Island Rd - Turn East onto the Main South Coast Rd travelling past the villages of Saagafou, Poutasi, Tafatafa etc Once you reach the Wooden Salani Bridge which should be on your left hand side - pass through the bridge and keep driving until you reach another Three Corner which you should then turn to your right and drive towards the villages of Lotofaga & Vavau. Keep driving until you reach the village of Saleapaga - the Manusina Beach Fales signage will not be hard to miss.
Otherwise you can catch a cab from Apia to Saleapaga, Lepa [Manusina Beach Fales] OR take a traditional Samoan bus ride from the main bus stop at the fish market in Apia CBD.