Samoa

Etymology

An indigenous name, said to be from the name of a Polynesian chieftain, or else meaning “place of the moa.” [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Sails Bar and Restaurant Samoa – Sails Bar and Restaurant opened its doors in 1996, and is located at Mulinu’u Point Beach, Apia. Right by the lagoon, Celebrate Life at Sails! [facebook]

The Edge, Marina View Samoa – The Edge, Marina View is a great atmosphere with a friendly bar staff that will cater to all your bar needs. We offer a great range of Cocktails, Mocktails, Shots, Wines, Spirits, Juices, Smoothies and delicious tapas style food. DJ Mannix plays from Thurs-Sat, 7pm to midnight and Happy Hours is from 4pm to 7pm. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Interracial Dating Central – Samoa’s best dating scene won’t be found in the bars, clubs or restaurants; it’s online with InterracialDatingCentral! Sign up today! Have you read our amazing success stories? Want to be a success story yourself? You can, by joining today! Create a profile and browse singles for free straight away. Enjoy the freedom to interact with members at your own pace and with no pressure, and find your soul mate! [interracial dating central]

Mingle 2 – Mingle2.com is a 100% Samoa Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Samoa men and Samoa women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. Join our site and meet single Samoa men and single Samoa women looking to meet quality singles for fun and dating in Samoa. Click on any of the cities in Samoa below to meet members looking to chat with you. [mingle2]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Manoa Tours – The island of Upolu in Western Samoa is a a small island in the South Pacific with a land area of 1115sq km. The island is rich in lush tropical forests, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. The center of the island consists of mountainous hills, while the coast line is mostly beach, with some lava cliffs.  The majority of the population lives around the coast, in  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAvillages or in the main town on the north coast, Apia. [manoa tours]

Samoa Scenic – We welcome travellers to our paradise, and take pride that we are the often the first contact visitors have with our treasured islands. Samoa has a rich culture with a fascinating history. There is breath-taking scenery and amazing experiences to share with the world. At Samoa Scenic our aim is to enrich your stay by sharing all that is the very best of Samoa with you. [samoa scenic]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Drink fresh coconuts and eat fresh fish – One of the best meals we had was at Sinalei Reef Resort where the tuna on my plate had been caught that day by the resort’s neighbour. And that’s just one of the wonderful seafood experiences. [adventures all around]

Get the Ferry to Savai’i and Explore – Samoa’s international airport is found on Upolu, so this is the place you’re most likely to arrive. Upolu has the biggest share of Samoa’s population (including the main town of Apia, where 35,000 of the country’s 177,000 people live), and is a beautiful place to visit in its own right. [adventures all around]

Have a laugh with the locals – The landscape isn’t the only beautiful thing in Samoa. The people we spent time with were warm, welcoming, and a whole lot of fun. [adventures all around]

Sleep in a Fale on the Beach – Samoa has some lovely resorts to spend time in, including Sinalei Reef Resort and Le Lagoto but when you go to Samoa you should spend at least one night in a fale on the beach. [adventures all around]

Soak up the Natural Beauty of Samoa – I flew into Samoa late at night, but even before I could see how beautiful it was I could feel it. And it wasn’t just because there was a live band playing at the baggage carousel to put a smile on our face and get us in the holiday mode. [adventures all around]

Soak up the Sunsets on a Digital Detox – As if it wasn’t difficult enough to leave Samoa, on our last night there the sky put on the kind of show that made it all the harder. [adventures all around]

Swim under a waterfall – Swimming in the ocean in Samoa is all about beautiful blues and warm water. Swimming under a waterfall is a cool, green, crisp experience. Well, if you get the right one that is. With some of the more powerful ones I can imagine it would be quite a bracing, bruising experience! [adventures all around]

Swim with Turtles – Enter the Turtle Sanctuary at Satoalepai Village on Savai’i. Here green turtles are raised in a big brackish water pool until they are fully grown and can be released into the ocean. [adventures all around]

Visit the Coconut Man at Taga Blowholes – I’ve seen a blowhole or two in my time, but I have to say the Alofaaga Blowholes at Taga on Savai’i are my favourites so far.The power of the water as it blasts up into the sky is palpable, and it not only looks extraordinary, the sound of the roaring jet of water is an experience in itself. [adventures all around]

Watch Shooting Stars – Sure, this one is up to the meteor showers on a particular night. But there wasn’t a night when at least one of our group didn’t see a shooting star when the skies were clear. [adventures all around]

Festivals

Festivals

Apia Arts and Crafts Festival – The Apia Arts and Crafts Fair is a busy festival every March. It is located in the capital city of Samoa, and not only focuses on local artistic talent, but also traditional handicrafts from across the nine islands of Samoa. Visitors should head to the local markets in Apia to experience this event at its best. [iexplore]

Apia Jazz Festival – Jazz performers are drawn to Apia in September, as this is when the city hosts its annual Jazz Festival. Several different spots are home to the best in jazz music during this month. Even some of the more famous jazz musicians from across the globe love to make their way to Samoa for the event. [iexplore]

Fautasi Outrigger Canoe – One of the best sporting events in the country is the Fautasi Outrigger Canoe competition. Occurring in the month of June, this outrigger race has become the most loved water race in Samoa. The competition begins at the north coast of Upolu, but then ends at Apia Harbor. Twelve long boats compete in the event each year. [iexplore]

Fire Knife Festival – The interesting Fire Knife Festival is part of the much more renowned Samoa Festival, which is held in the month of May. The competition is held in the Polynesian Cultural Center, and includes both adult entrants and high school entrants. Of course, there are plenty of other traditional cultural displays found throughout the event. [iexplore]

Independence Day – On the 31 May every year, Samoa celebrates its independence from New Zealand administration. The entire country gets into the festive mood on this day, with traditional dances, artwork, cuisine, and music available for all locals and tourists. Even the smaller villages get into the spirit of this occasion, so visitors can enjoy Samoan Independence wherever they stay. [iexplore]

Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament – In the month of April, Samoa plays host to the International Game Fishing Tournament. The event actually spans across an entire week, encompassing the final days of April and the first few days of May. The abundance of clear skies, beautiful waters, and challenging game fish species makes Samoa a perfect spot for this famous tournament. [iexplore]

Tafesilafa’i Festival – Held over the last 16 years, the Tafesilafa’i Festival is a celebration of Pacific Island culture. Tourists flock from all over the Pacific to witness the cultural spectacle that is Tafesilafa’i. The event begins at the end of July and spans the first week of August. More than 28,000 visitors come for part or all of the festival each year. [iexplore]

Teuila Festival – Teuila Festival is Samoa’s main event. A range of fascinating cultural happenings are found during September’s Teuila Festival, including cuisine displays, traditional dance performances, canoe racing and more. The event usually lasts for several days, and is most prevalent in the capital city of Samoa, Apia. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Another fun way to explore the islands – and get to know the locals – is to take a map and board a local bus. Samoa’s brightly coloured buses provide inexpensive transport for the locals, and an invaluable experience and memories for visitors. [samoa.travel]

Taxi – Taxis are abundant around the islands and offer their services at very good value. Taxis are not metered so it’s good to have an idea of what the journey will cost and agree on a price with the driver before setting off. The Samoan Land Transport Authority has current information on taxi fares. [samoa.travel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Leryus Photography Samoa – Live in the moment. We love photographs because they capture now, a moment, that’s gone forever. Nothing can reverse time. Photos live on. [facebook]

Professional & Affordable Tree Surgeon Samoa – I am qualified and have over 25years of experience. I specialise on trees that overhang on houses, buildings, fences and electricity wires. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Samoa – The wake of the 2009 major tsunami left Samoa with homeless residents and damaged landscape and terrible casualties. But despite this, Samoans picked up the pieces of wreckage and started rebuilding. An Island paradise, foreigners can only find in tucked hideaways of the pacific, Samoa’s beaches, forests and mountains are set for those willing to rough it out. Expats will also find welcoming smiles and warm hospitality from locals. Before you meander down the beaches of Apia, have look at some important information we’ve got for you. [expat woman]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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