Talofa Lava and Welcome to Samoa

The Samoan Islands (also referred to as the heart of Polynesia) is located in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Flying time from New Zealand to Samoa is about 4 hours.

Samoa consists of 2 large Islands – Savaii to the west and Upolu to the east. Several smaller Islands are located off the coast of the two major Islands. The capital city, Apia is located on the north coast of Upolu Island.

Samoa is a fascinating place and with good reasons famous for its natural beauty. Samoa is recognized by its rugged volcanic mountains covered with lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, picturesque valleys and coastline, stunning blue lagoons with beautiful un-crowded white sandy beaches. All surrounded by a warm and pristine Pacific Ocean.

Samoa’s climate is tropical all year around with an average daily temperature of 29 degrees Celsius. Ocean temperature is around 24 degrees Celsius.  The total population of Samoa is approximately 180.000 people. The population is predominantly of Samoan (Polynesian) ethnic origin, although about 7% also have European origins. First language spoken is Samoan with English as the second language.  After being in the hands of Germany, England and New Zealand, Samoa is the first country in the Pacific to become Independent in 1962. From 1962 to 1997 the nation was known as Western Samoa, until it dropped the title “Western” and became the Independent State of Samoa.

Samoa is free of major tropical diseases and no vaccination is required when you arrive. As a tropical country Samoa has its share of mosquitoes but in contrast to other Pacific Islands there is no risk of catching Malaria in Samoa.
Samoa is a destination that still remains untouched by mass tourism (unlike other Pacific Islands such as Hawaii, Fiji and the Cook Island). The traditional Polynesian life is very much alive in Samoa and is considered one of the last bastions of the Polynesian culture. For many people out in the villages, life has over the years changed very little. Here you will find a distinctive Polynesian culture dating back 3000 years. Christianity has been one of the few western influences that has been accepted into the Fa’a Samoa (Samoan way).

Samoa is a traditional society governed by the Fa’a Samoa where family, respect of elders, religion and hospitality is of great importance.  The Samoan people are friendly and happy people. Laughter and singing is very much an important part of their daily life, they will go out of their way to welcome you to their country and to their families.  

Samoa is truly a unique place. It will provide you with an experience unlike any others.