The South Pacific has long been thought of as the perfect escape, paradise on earth. For many, including Robert Louis Stevenson, paradise was narrowed down to Samoa.
The Samoan Islands are jewels of extraordinary beauty, magnificent beaches, turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees, lush vegetation and fragrant blooms. “ Talofa Lava” is the Samoan’s welcome. It includes you in their world, in their culture, in their way of life, rich with old traditions and yet in time with the modern world.
The majority of Samoans are full blooded Polynesians who, guided only by the stars, sailed and populated the Pacific over 2,000 years ago. Samoa is regarded as the “ Cradle of Polynesia”.
American Samoa boasts six inhabited islands and Western Samoa four. The islands enjoy an even, tropical climate and are quite diverse.
Deep harbors, rivers, waterfalls, lush vegetation and stark lava flows give way to incredible lagoons and white sand beaches. Resorts are plentiful, from five stars to secluded beach bungalows called fales.
- Pago Pago, harbor, city buses, a legendary spot
- Nine shipwrecks in a secure harbor
- Nights fishing by torch, net fishing by day
- Village life, kids, flowers and coconut tree climbing
- Sven Ortquist, a carver extraordinaire
- Miss Samoa makes Siapu and traditional Kava
- Vaitia Village, life by the sea, and underwater excursion
- A police band, lava lava skirts and marching precision
- Matai entitlement, the peerage of Samoa
- Sunday Church, Umu Kai (cooking Samoan Style)
- Fishermen with outriggers and nets
- Utuali school, kids, fun and dance
- Mountains, waterfall, ferns and a coconut plantation
- Tombs of kings, Robert Louis Stevenson (Tusitala – teller of tales)
- Coastal views, a waterfall into the ocean, water spouts
The promise is here to experience. From Pago Pago’s deep, secure harbor, across blue lagoons and coral beaches to mountain waterfalls.
Between are the people, happy, friendly, traditional, and proud of their heritage. The Samoas come alive in Clint Denn’s “The Samoas Jewels of the Pacific”.