Fishing in Samoa – Get Hooked!

If fishing is your game, Samoa is your perfect holiday destination. Samoa’s deep blue waters are blessed with a diverse range of fish year-round, a premium sport and game fisherman’s paradise that’s been called the world’s best-kept fishing secret. With so many highly rated sport fish to be targeted, fishing in Samoa is often an extremely exciting and action packed angling experience.

Mahi Mahi - What a catch!

To find fish, you really need to get out on the water. There are a number of professional fishing operators who run fishing charters on demand. Fishing charters can be booked for as little as 2 hours, although half day or full day charters are more popular. Charter operators provide tackle, gear, bait, water, soft drinks and lunch (on full day tours) so all you need to bring is your hat, sunscreen, gloves and good luck charm.

It pays to check out how the catch is divided up when booking your charter as some operators insist on keeping everything caught on the boat. Others allow guests to take home at least part of the catch, which is just perfect on the BBQ back at Ifiele’ele Plantation after a day out on the water.

Information on four of the best fishing charter operators is provided at the bottom of the page.

After a day out on the water, Ifiele’ele is the perfect location to re-live the day’s excitement. Tell tales of your fishing adventure while cooking up a feast of fresh fish on the wood-fired BBQ. Or, ask our resident chef to prepare some sashimi, oka or poke with your catch. Relax and dine under the stars in our pool fale. The perfect way to cap off a successful day’s fishing.

That’s either a pretty big Marlin or a not so tall fisherman.

Some of the more popular fish species inhabiting Samoa’s waters are:

Blue Marlin

A powerful, aggressive fighter, they run hard and deep in a seemingly inexhaustible display of strength.

Black Marlin

A highly prized game fish, the Black Marlin has the power, size, and persistence of anglers’ dreams.


It’s size, fight and spectacular aerial acrobatics endear the Sailfish to an angler using lighter tackle.

Spanish Mackerel

This schooling species is a fast moving, voracious predator and is often found feeding on schools of baitfish.


The Wahoo is one of the fastest fish in the ocean, it’s speed and strength will have your reel screaming.

Yellowfin Tuna

Easily one of best eating fish in the world, the yellow fin tuna also puts up a solid fight.

Dogtooth Tuna

An excellent sport fish, the Dogtooth’s first run is fast and long, followed by a deep, circling, tough fight.

Mahi Mahi

Also known as the Dolphin Fish or Dorado, this spectacular fish is extremely acrobatic once hooked.

Giant Trevally

The Giant Trevally is a highly rated sport fish for its large size and extremely hard fight it gives.

Fishing Charters in Samoa

Kevin Kohlhase – More details coming soon….

Contact Kevin on 7772507 or email
Fishing Charters from Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa

Sinalei Reef Resort is located on the south coast of Upolu about 40 minutes drive from Ifiele’ele Plantation. Sinalei offers fishing charters on their boat ‘Fish the Dream’. Captained by experienced fisherman, Ian, Fish the Dream can accommodate a maximum of 5 guests. Half day (3 hours), full day (6 hours) and bottom fishing charters are available. Half-day charters are charged at WST1400 and full-day charters at WST2800.

One advantage of Sinalei fishing charters is that they are often able to coordinate individuals or couples who want to go fishing, into a larger group. This can make the cost of the charter affordable for individuals or couples who may not otherwise be able to get out on the water.

Contact Sinalei on 25191 or email
Alfred’s Fishing Charter

Born into a Samoan fishing family, Tuatagaloa Alfred Schwalger has been a dedicated fisherman for the best part of half a century.

At one point in his fishing life Alfred was considered the best ‘surf caster’ in Samoa. Chasing GT’s around Samoa’s many reefs was once his passion until he took up deep sea fishing some 20 years ago. Fishing with Alfred is bound to be exciting and action packed.

Alfred’s boat “Kingfisher II”, is an 8 meter offshore fishing vessel custom built in New Zealand and imported into Samoa exclusively for our private charters and is located in Apia. The boat is well set up for game fishing featuring Raymarine electronics, a powerful 225 horsepower Honda 4 stroke outboard and excellent gear. It features a very efficient hull, ensuring an extra soft, safe and comfortable ride.

The Kingfisher II is equipped with gear including:

2 x Shimano Tiagra 50′s; 5 x Shimano Tiagra 80′s; 2 x Shimano Tyrnos; 2 x Penn Spinfisher V; 2 x 60kg Rods.

Alfred takes a maximum of 5 people fishing for half (maximum 6 hours) or full day (maximum 10 hours) charters or customized multi-day charters. Longer charters can include a combination of deep-sea trolling and bottom fishing while the half-day charter will choose one or the other depending on conditions.

Alfred charges WST900 for a half-day charter, WST1600 for a full day charter and WST1400 per day if 3 days are booked as a package.

Contact Alfred on 7775903 or email
Extreme Measures Fish & Dive Charters

Extreme Measures Fish & Dive Charters is based at Apia Marina on the north coast of Upolu. Owned and sometimes captained by New Zealand based Jonathon Barlow, Extreme Measures is an extremely professional unit dedicated to satisfying their customers which means catching fish!!

The boat, ‘Extreme Measures’ is a purpose built 43ft alloy cat designed for fishing and diving – powered by twin 300hp V8 Yamaha 4-stroke outboards which are extremely smooth, quiet and FAST! Extreme Measures is equipped with the latest Simrad electronics and all MSA safety equipment. The design of the boat offers excellent stability and protection from the elements – a spacious cabin, fishing cockpit, toilet and hot shower makes for a very comfortable day out. The boat is ideally suited for groups of 8 to 10.

Extreme Measures offers half day (4 hours) charters for NZD1320 and full day (8 hours) charters for NZD2200.Contact the skipper on 7222190 or email

International Game Fishing Tournament

SIGFA stands for the Samoa International Game Fishing Association. SIGFA was established in 2001 to organize and host Samoa’s first international game fishing competition. Since that time, SIGFA has gone on to host competitions throughout the year as well as the annual international tournament, which attracts competitors from around the globe. The 21st International Fishing Competition will be held over 7 days with the opening ceremony on Saturday 22nd April 2017. If you are a serious angler and want to combine fishing with your Samoan holiday, contact SIGFA to find out if you can enter or join a team in this competition.

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*Prices current at October 2016

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