Just five hours from the east coast of Australia and across the glistening Pacific lies the Treasured Islands of Samoa – voted the best value destination of the South Pacific.
Life ambles at its own measured pace and it’s not just because of the balmy tropical weather. With the average temperature at 30 degrees celcius, no wonder there is a smile on every face that greet you.
Considered the cradle of the Polynesian culture, Samoa boasts a 3,000 year old tradition found nowhere else in the South Pacific called Fa’a Samoa – The Samoan Way.
Being one of the least visited of the South Pacific islands in many years, we have managed to retain the core essence of the Polynesian culture.
Our tradition stems back thousands of years and is the Polynesian culture at its most authentic. Fa’a Samoa is a way of living that celebrates and upholds traditional values and means family comes first, respect is important and Sunday is a day of rest.
More importantly, we look after each other. This is why in Samoa, the smiles are infectious and come from within – a sense of security that stems from a nation that is both politically and economically stable.
We are culturally obliged to protect and nurture what Mother Nature has given us. Make your way around the islands and you’ll discover spectacular waterfalls, dramatic blowholes, stunning coral reefs and crystal clear lagoons where you can swim with turtles. Samoa boasts the most pristine beaches with dazzling white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters.
Samoa also boasts the most beautiful gardens in Polynesia. Manicured lawns are the norm rather than the exception and the colorful tableau are a delight to the senses as you make your way from the airport to Apia, the capital city of Samoa.
Samoa boasts an array of properties to suit all types of traveler and all types of budgets from beach fales to family friendly resorts.
One of the most memorable experiences is to overnight in a beach fale – the traditional way of living in Samoa and is the nation’s answer to being as close to Mother Nature as possible.
Samoa is known by many as a world without walls. In fact, there is no Samoan word for “wall”.
The construction of a fale is simple. A thatched roof held aloft by wooden poles. In place of walls to guarantee privacy are blinds made of woven palm fronds. Located on the beach mere steps from the water, imagine the seabreeze blowing through your hut as the sound of waves a few steps away lull you to sleep. A step above camping, this basic form of accommodation is sure to leave you with the richest experiences and memories.
Who needs five stars when you can sleep under a billion?
But what we encourage you to do when visiting our Treasured Islands is to indulge in what we do best, and that is: to take it easy. In fact, we even have a word for it: Fai fai.
So next time you’re in Samoa, walking through a village and someone says to you, “hey! Fai fai!” it probably means you’re walking a little quickly. Or you’re looking a little too stressed. Or you’re talking a little too fast. Slowing down is a lost art form here at home.
So if you’re feeling a little hurried and you’re in need of a bit of ‘fai fai’, come to the Treasured Islands and holiday The Samoan Way.
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