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Samoa Cultural Village

Beach Rd, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
+685 63521
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The tour starts in big Fale at back of tourist info centre with knowledgeable young local, she was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deborah M
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It is great that you get to know about Samoan culture for free.It is a must do if you are in... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
gema h
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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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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Beach Rd, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
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+685 63521
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour starts in big Fale at back of tourist info centre with knowledgeable young local, she was informative and interesting. We were lucky enough to be there when one of the young men was in process of getting full body tattoo. We got to...More

Thank Deborah M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It is great that you get to know about Samoan culture for free.It is a must do if you are in Apia. It really shows you what is Samoa about

1  Thank gema h
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Thanjs to en enthusiastic presenter and well organized performances this event gave us a very good insight in the daily life on Samoa. The performances included cooking, wood carvings, paper and paintings, food tasting and finally a nice song and dance performance.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Beautiful music to start with, learnt how to weave a basket for the Umu (feast) that they showed us how they cooked, watched as someone got a traditional tattoo while the tour guide explained the procedure, then onto see how the beautiful Cava bowls and...More

1  Thank Raewyn A
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Very nice and friendly staff. I was able to listen to live local live music, some singing and dancing, and even weave a plate with some leaves! The village is divided into several fales where a specific activity takes place. The staff showed how to...More

Thank Sylvie_Denver
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Excellent guide tour showing the way Samoans live and work. About 2.5 hours duration, the guides speaks English very well and reply to all questions. A small delicious meal is also provided free of charge but please donate something to support this awesome activity. Note...More

1  Thank Mauro M
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Excellent way to start your stay in Samoa. Knowledgeable tour guide will explain rich Samoan culture from different angle in detail. It started with the hands on experience of weaving plate with palm tree leaves while traditional songs are played live on the stage. Then...More

Thank yokko630
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

we did this on our last day as we were staying on the south coast for most of our stay. we were all enthralled with the great teaching and demonstrations we saw. we hope to go again as we feel it helped us understand Samoa...More

Thank BridieCassoit
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

absolutely loved this guided trip through village arts and food practices...culturally insightful, very thoughtful guides. Hospitality culminated in a shared meal ...do spend the entire time and guests asked for a donation for the meal (which was very tasty so do be generous in return...More

2  Thank Anna C
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

If you are new to Samoa like I was this is a real treat. Real traditional and well worth the effort. From flaxing where you are given the opportunity to try it for yourself, to watching a traditional tattoo being performed (no photos allowed for...More

1  Thank splatman01
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tashamac2016
4 May 2017|
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Response from Chris L | Reviewed this property |
It should be okay, note by the you the time you get through from the Savai'i ferry to Apia it would take up to 40 minutes to get there.
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Elke R
29 March 2017|
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Response from June G | Reviewed this property |
Not really sure as we didn't get to do much because of the weather but I understood that they try and do everything each day they are open.
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Jenny O
7 March 2017|
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Response from kiwisc0t | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is free, and you get lunch!
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