Forming part of Polynesia, Samoa is an island nation nestled in the South Pacific. Situated along a 100-metre white sand beach on the large island of Upolu, the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is just a five-minute drive from Faleolo International Airport (APW).
On land and at sea, there is plenty to see and do in Samoa. Snorkel or dive at one of Upolu’s or Savaii’s wonderful dive spots to marvel at live coral and hundreds of different species of fish. Charter a boat and spend the day fishing for black or blue marlin, yellow-fin tuna, wahoo, giant trevally, or mahi mahi. Swim with the turtles or partake in numerous water sports. Take a stroll in one of Samoa’s lush national parks to soak in the scenic views and numerous birds. Savaii and Upolu also have spectacular waterfalls, blowholes, caves, and lava fields. Take a bicycle ride to view the Samoan landscapes, or watch a local cricket game known as kilikiti.
Embrace Samoa’s heritage by visiting a local village and attending a kava (root) ceremony. Be sure to see a cultural show of the graceful female siva dance, the fire knife dance, and the men’s slap dance called fa’ataupati. The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum (RLS) is also interesting.
Visit a local market to browse traditional handcrafted woodcarvings, baskets, jewellery, and colourful lava-lava (sarongs). Fiafia nights, with indigenous buffets and entertainment, are not to be missed. Savour delicious seafood, including crawfish, snapper, mahi mahi, octopus, and tuna. Taro, breadfruit, and green bananas are other ingredients often used in Samoan cuisine. Most Samoans cook their food in an earth hot stone oven known as an umu. Local delicacies include palusami (young taro leaves baked in coconut cream) and oka (raw fish in coconut cream).
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