Samoan Culture and Traditions, Savaii, Samoa

Savaii, Samoa

Whilst we were staying at Lauiula Beach Fales, Lano Beach the young man who worked on the fales invited us to watch him cook some traditional Samoan food.  He made a dish called Palusami which is taro, coconut cream and onion wrapped in taro leaves.  He prepared the fire first named a Umu using coconut shells, then adding stones. When they were hot enough he added the Palusami which took about 40mins.

Savaii, Samoa

bananas

While the food was cooking he gave a demonstration on how to extract the milk from a coconut, using a handmade coconut grating stool.

Savaii, Samoa

church

He invited us to church on Sunday, my sons werent that keen so I went on my own.  Each village has its own church and there seemed to be a church on every corner. They are usually painted in bright colours and families dress up for the service. I was invited into the pastor’s house which was behind the church and his wife made me a coffee.  We then went to the church service, which was all in Samoan.  There was music and singing which was beautiful.

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Below is a few pics of my three sons:

Savaii, Samoa

Son No. 3

Savaii, Samoa

Son No. 2

Savaii, Samoa

Son No. 1


Snorkelling Trip, Savaii Samoa

 

Snorkeling Trip Savaii Samoa

My Three Sons

Snorkeling Trip, Savaii Samoa was one of the highlights of our trip.  Dive Samoa took us too three sites which included a ship wreck.  I hired an underwater camera and one of the diver’s took some photo’s.

I was comparing the fish and coral to the Great Barrier Reef, I went diving there a long time ago.  The coral didn’t seem as colorful and the fish were quite small.  However my boys thought it was fantastic as they had never seen colorful fish and coral before.

Snorkeling Trip Savaii Samoa

Snorkeling Trip Savaii Samoa

Snorkeling Trip Savaii Samoa

Snorkeling in Savaii Samoa

Snorkeling in Savaii Samoa

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Snorkelling In Savaii Samoa

Dive Savaii Samoa

We had lunch at Le Lagoto Resort while we were waiting for the photos.

Dive Savaii Samoa

Dive Savaii Samoa

Le Lagoto resort taken from the Dive Boat


Swimming with Turtles in Savaii Samoa

Swimming with Turtles Savaii Samoa

Swimming with Turtles

Located in the village of Sato’alepai, Savaii, Samoa is one the tourist attractions in Savaii.  I wasn’t entirely happy with these turtles living in a pond although it was quite large.  I have since done some reading on the Green Turtle and apparently they are an endangered species.

Papaya is given to you to feed the turtles although not their normal diet they seemed to enjoy it.  There’s a lot worse they could eat such as plastic and rubbish.

Water flows through from an adjoining lagoon that is spring fed, which is why there is algae growing on their shells.

Swimming with Turtles Savaii Samoa

Sons No. 1 & 2 got in the pond straightaway, Son No. 3 took a bit longer.  I just sat on the edge of the pond and put my feet in the water.  These turtles have sharp beaks and I was scared of being bitten.

We did a snorkeling trip later on but we didn’t see any turtles in the ocean.

Swimming with Turtles Savaii Samoa

Swimming with Turtles Savaii Samoa

Swimming with Turtles Savaii Samoa


Sleeping in a Samoan Fale

Lauiula Beach Fales, Lano Beach

FALE

lanoA Samoan Beach Fale is a simple hut with a thatched roof . The banana leaf blinds can be rolled up in the day to let the ocean breeze flow through.falesMy three sons and I stayed at Lauiula Beach Fales.  I had a wooden fale that had a locked door, a small patio and fridge.  The boys had a traditional woven fale.  Lano Beach has golden sand and was good for  snorkeling  at low tide. The coral was only a few metres from the beach and there was a range of colored fish. Son No.2 swam out to the outer reef, he found plastic bags wrapped around the coral so he did a bit of a clean up being a greenie!

Afu Aau Blow Holessamoan manAfu Aau Blowholes You watch the waves roll in, then hear the roar as the huge streams of water shoot up, through the tunnels in the lave.  A local man throws a bunch of coconuts over the blow holes, you watch them rocket into the air.

blowholes

Alafaaga Waterfalls  We stopped at this waterfall on the way back to the fales.  The boys took a dip, I didn’t as there were nowhere to change.waterfall

Lano Beach Samoa


Tropical Paradise Le Vasa Savaii Samoa

Le Vasa
After several months browsing through Trip Advisor, looking at Pacific Islands for a holiday with my three sons, I decided on Samoa. Which island to visit Upolu or Savaii? Upolu suffered from a tsunami in 2009 and because of this the coral was badly damaged and we were keen to do some snorkeling. Savaii wasn’t badly affected by the tsunami. So Savaii it was!

Our aeroplane was late leaving so we missed the last ferry crossing from Upolu to Savaii.  Standing outside the airport a taxi driver was helpful and phoned some accommodation close by.  We could only get in contact with Le Vasa which I knew was expensive through all my research on Trip Advisor – but I thought ‘What The Hell’.

Arrived at the resort ten minutes later and drove through a beautiful garden of Palm Tree’s and Tropical Plants. This was my idea of a Tropical Paradise. Our accommodation was a Samoan style bungalow with a lovely deck on the water’s edge.  Resort had an open restaurant and bar overlooking a large swimming pool. 

The resorts reception area and bedroom had an eclectic theme decorated with antiques and tropical style furniture.

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