Samoa – the Treasured Islands of the South Pacific
True Polynesian paradise is just a five hour flight across the Pacific. Welcome to the beautiful islands of Samoa.
In the heart of the South Pacific lies the Cradle of Polynesia, Samoa. Here, life ambles along in its own measured pace; partly because of the balmy tropical weather but mostly because it’s the Samoan Way, known as Fa’a Samoa, a 3,000 year old tradition and way of life found nowhere else in the world.
Fa’a Samoa is the Polynesian culture at its most raw and its most authentic and is a way of life adhered to by Samoans all over the world. It is a culture based on respect – respect for self, for family, authority and nature. It is a culture rooted in dignity and pride and defines what a Samoan is.
Not only do we celebrate traditional values but we celebrate and protect the beauty of Mother Nature’s creations. Work your way around the islands and discover uncrowded beaches with dazzling white sand and turquoise waters, stunning waterfalls, lush emerald jungles and colourful coral reefs teeming with marine life.
With waves constant all year round, Samoa is a great destination for surfers while its sheltered coves and lagoons make it an excellent destination for kite surfing. Inland trails leading to fresh water swimming holes, powerful blowholes or mysterious lava fields dot the islands and offer soft adventure for the intrepid traveller. Do little or as much as you like, Samoa is the ideal place to relax and unwind in postcard-perfect paradise.
A visit to Samoa is not complete without attending a Fia Fia night with a traditional buffet feast and entertainment. Sample the local food offerings while watching the performers celebrate the Samoan culture through song and dance. The highlight is the spectacular demonstration of the fire twirling dance that originated in Samoa called the Siva Afi.
From the moment he saw our beautiful islands and friendly people, Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author of the adventure classic Treasure Island knew he had found true paradise to call his home. Buried at the top of Mt Vaea he dedicated his home to the people, now a fascinating museum set amongst lush tropical gardens. Hike up the mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the coast then cool down with a dip at Papaseea Sliding Rocks – Mother Nature’s very own water slides!
We have a range of accommodation to suit all types of budgets. From deluxe spa getaways, to family beachfront resorts, city escapes and of course, the Samoan beach fale.
Stay in a hotel room and you can be anywhere in the world. Stay in a fale and you know you’re definitely in Samoa. A fale’s construction is simple with just a platform above the sand, steps away from the waterfront. A fale is a uniquely Samoan dwelling. There are no words for ‘walls’ in Samoan and there are no walls in a fale. Privacy is ensured by pulling down blinds made out of woven palm fronds. It is the traditional way of living for many Samoans and is a fun and cost effective resort break. It’s beach camping the Samoan Way and is a fabulous option for a resort break.
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