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The Low Down on Samoan Currency



Currency symbol:

WS$ (SAT, ST or T)

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Central Bank of Samoa

Currency sub unit:


Bank notes:

2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 WS$


10, 20, 50 sene, 1 and 2 tālā

The official currency in Samoa is the tala and 1 tala is divided into 100 sene.

The terms ‘tālā’ and ‘sene’ translate directly into dollar and cent in the Samoan language. Introduced in 1967, the tala marked another step in Samoa’s political independence from New Zealand.

Pounds, New Zealand coinage and Samoan banknotes were the confusing precursor to the introduction of the Samoan tala.

The most commonly used bills for Samoan tala are the 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.

What to spend your Samoan tala on**:

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    Cup of coffee


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    Local bus ticket

    2.50 WST *

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    Sua Ocean Trench entry

    20 WST *

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    1km taxi ride

    4 WST *

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    Pair of sneakers

    350 WST *

How many talas will I need?**

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Must-sees in Samoa

  • Sua Ocean Trench
  • The incomparable Sua Ocean Trench on Samoa’s Upolu Island is a photogenic explosion of turquoise waters and plant draped rocks. You’ll gain access via a wooden ladder leading down the rock walls to the picturesque pool below.
  • Manono Island
  • Manono Island offers a taste of the old world, being completely free from cars and home to only four small fishing villages serviced by a walking track. Become immersed in the vibrant local culture, swim the stunning marine-protected lagoon or wander a number of archaeological sites in the small mountain range this sleepy paradise has to offer.
  • Alofaaga Blowholes
  • See some of the most magnificent blowholes the world has to offer on Samoa’s south coast. Powerful columns of water spew from a series of lava formed tubes to create a geyser-like spectacle, with waters reaching dozens of metres high. It’s been said that locals have been known to hurl coconuts into the holes for an additional fee!

Buying Samoan tala online is easy

Order Samoan tala online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy tala Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

FAQ Relating to the Samoan Currency

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  • Are ATMs available throughout Samoa?

    There are some ATMs situated in Apia, however you will likely need a cash reserve when travelling to remote areas and lesser-frequented locations within Samoa.

  • Are credit cards widely accepted in Samoa?

    Credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners and JCB are accepted at major hotels, restaurants and stores in Samoa, however you will need cash for some local businesses and markets.

  • What are the commonly-used coins in Samoa?

    Commonly used coins in Samoa are 10, 20 and 50 sene coins along with 1 and 2 tala coins.

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**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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