Samoa Cultural Village
Samoa Cultural Village
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Discover Samoa's age-old culture and traditions in a fun and interactive way at the Samoa Cultural Village on Beach Road in the heart of Apia. Fa'a Samoa - the Samoan Way! Samoa is a traditional Polynesian society with Fa'a Samoa playing a vital role in village and community life. Samoans are proud of their strong Fa'a Samoa - which means 'the Samoan Way'. It is the essence of the Samoan culture and dictates how Samoans are meant to behave and their obligations to their elders, superiors, family, community, church and the environment. There are over 362 nu'u or villages in Samoa with a total of 18,00 matais (chiefs). Churches of various denominations feature in every village while meeting houses and open fales or homes encircle the malae or village green. Fa'a Samoa has a strong focus on welcoming visitors making Samoans friendly and hospitable hosts. However, Samoans expect their guests to observe and respect local customs. For a quick insight into Samoa's culture and traditions, visit the Samoa Cultural Village today.
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  • Marlene K
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Samoan Holidays
    Picked up by local tour guide Robert of Samoa Holidays. Very knowledgeable on all aspects of Samoan culture. Went to Cultural Village and learnt a whole heap more. Can't recommend them enought. Had a fantastic time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 May 2023
  • Brisollies
    Brisbane, Australia121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpectedly worthwhile!!!
    We wouldn’t normally go to something like this, but it was part of our tour and I’m so pleased it was. An unexpected morning of learning. We learnt to weave a plate and were honoured to witness a man getting his traditional tattoo. Plus some traditional dancers and a sample of local food. The staff were really lovely and informative. Worth going to.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Crayeater
    Hamilton, New Zealand102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to Samoa!
    This is a must do introduction to Samoa! It's an absolute bargain at WST$10 per adult for over 2 hours of entertainingly presented song, dance, history, and cultural sharing. We started with weaving our plates, then the experience moved onto the interesting umu demo followed by carving. The history and culture behind traditional tattoo gave me new respect for Samoans with traditional tattoos we saw on the rest of our holiday. Only improvement I would suggest is that they encourage someone to sell drinking coconuts, or water, onsite for those of us that forgot to bring a drink!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Alec
    Reikorangi, New Zealand72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    Far exceeded our expectations. Warm friendly greeting, taught to weave our own dinner plate from coconut palm fronds. Demonstrating fabric printing, constructing an Umu, de-husking coconuts, making coconut cream, carving and finally traditional tattoos. Eating food from the Umu, served on our handmade plates, before a concert of dancing and singing, culminating in a fabulous fire dance. All for only 20 WST per head, fantastic value
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • GDBNanjing
    Whangarei, New Zealand48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile experience
    Very interesting show covering dancing, food preparation, carving, tattooing and making your own plate from palm fronds. Friendly and informative guides. You get to sample some island food and I think the price of admission at 20 tala per person very reasonable.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • onefang2015
    Christchurch, New Zealand26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cultural show, interactive and fun
    We thought the cultural show would be ‘sit and watch this’, but it was so much more! It started with actually weaving our own plates, and then toured the fales in the garden, explaining cooking, carving, tattooing, and fabric stamping. Interactive and educational. A fun two hours.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Jason S
    Tylden, Australia59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family activity. Great for the start of your trip!
    We did this with our kids (10 & 6) on the first day of our holiday. The staff were very engaging and made the whole experience very interactive. It was a great experience as we got to see a whole range of Samoan culture in one tour. The main presenter is upbeat and and very funny which makes the whole thing very entertaining. All of our family enjoyed this tour, oh and you get free native food.
    Visited September 2023
    Written 30 September 2023
  • BellBoy53
    Brisbane, Australia615 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Informative
    To get an insight into the local culture, this is a highly recommend activity; check with the Tourist Authority office for starting times which can be a bit variable day-to-day. The presentation includes local music, a welcoming Ava Ceremony, and an opportunity to be involved in palm frond weaving. There are a variety of local presentations including traditional tatau display, wood carving, umu cooking, traditional massage, and there is a local craft store (not all of these options are available all days as it depends on the person’s other obligations). Lunch from the umu was included and the show ended off with more music and dancing. Well worth the time (about 2.5 hours) and entry fee (WST20 each).
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2024
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BellBoy53
Brisbane, Australia615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
To get an insight into the local culture, this is a highly recommend activity; check with the Tourist Authority office for starting times which can be a bit variable day-to-day. The presentation includes local music, a welcoming Ava Ceremony, and an opportunity to be involved in palm frond weaving. There are a variety of local presentations including traditional tatau display, wood carving, umu cooking, traditional massage, and there is a local craft store (not all of these options are available all days as it depends on the person’s other obligations). Lunch from the umu was included and the show ended off with more music and dancing. Well worth the time (about 2.5 hours) and entry fee (WST20 each).
Written 26 March 2024
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Liz W
Wellington, New Zealand23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Highly recomend excellent value for money Wst20 per adult watched kava ceremony several guests git to sample . Hands on - wove our own plates,able to sample food cooked in umu- which you are encouraged to assist watch carving and traditional tatau being done followed by a cultural show and lunch.thoroughly enjoyabke last approx 2 1/2 hours
Written 5 January 2024
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Jason S
Tylden, Australia59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
We did this with our kids (10 & 6) on the first day of our holiday. The staff were very engaging and made the whole experience very interactive. It was a great experience as we got to see a whole range of Samoan culture in one tour. The main presenter is upbeat and and very funny which makes the whole thing very entertaining.
All of our family enjoyed this tour, oh and you get free native food.
Written 30 September 2023
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onefang2015
Christchurch, New Zealand26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We thought the cultural show would be ‘sit and watch this’, but it was so much more! It started with actually weaving our own plates, and then toured the fales in the garden, explaining cooking, carving, tattooing, and fabric stamping. Interactive and educational. A fun two hours.
Written 19 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GDBNanjing
Whangarei, New Zealand48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very interesting show covering dancing, food preparation, carving, tattooing and making your own plate from palm fronds. Friendly and informative guides. You get to sample some island food and I think the price of admission at 20 tala per person very reasonable.
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alec
Reikorangi, New Zealand72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Far exceeded our expectations. Warm friendly greeting, taught to weave our own dinner plate from coconut palm fronds. Demonstrating fabric printing, constructing an Umu, de-husking coconuts, making coconut cream, carving and finally traditional tattoos. Eating food from the Umu, served on our handmade plates, before a concert of dancing and singing, culminating in a fabulous fire dance. All for only 20 WST per head, fantastic value
Written 6 July 2023
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Crayeater
Hamilton, New Zealand102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is a must do introduction to Samoa! It's an absolute bargain at WST$10 per adult for over 2 hours of entertainingly presented song, dance, history, and cultural sharing. We started with weaving our plates, then the experience moved onto the interesting umu demo followed by carving. The history and culture behind traditional tattoo gave me new respect for Samoans with traditional tattoos we saw on the rest of our holiday. Only improvement I would suggest is that they encourage someone to sell drinking coconuts, or water, onsite for those of us that forgot to bring a drink!
Written 22 June 2023
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Brisollies
Brisbane, Australia121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We wouldn’t normally go to something like this, but it was part of our tour and I’m so pleased it was. An unexpected morning of learning. We learnt to weave a plate and were honoured to witness a man getting his traditional tattoo. Plus some traditional dancers and a sample of local food. The staff were really lovely and informative. Worth going to.
Written 1 June 2023
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Marlene K
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Picked up by local tour guide Robert of Samoa Holidays. Very knowledgeable on all aspects of Samoan culture. Went to Cultural Village and learnt a whole heap more. Can't recommend them enought. Had a fantastic time.
Written 4 May 2023
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jagbm
Nowra, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Loved this. The experience is one I will remember about my time in Samoa.
Humour and culture hand in hand. Music, dance, smiles and the chance to try local food on a plate you made yourself. Very informative and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend
Written 27 April 2023
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