A Getaway to the Samoan Islands

Study Anthropology in Samoa

There are many ways to help communities in Samoa. Work with local professionals to help promote healthy diets and spread the word about health issues common in the area while on your eco adventures. Or, work with local villages with daily tasks and learn about their culture and traditions.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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After flying into the capital of Samoa, take the time to explore the colonial-style city of Apia. Check into your hotel and visit the Museum of Samoa where you will find historical and cultural artifacts and learn about Samoa’s rich culture. Next, adventure to the Samoa Culture Village where you will get to see traditional basket-weaving and wood carving. Before heading back to your hotel for the night, find a restaurant and try fresh-caught crayfish or octopus.

Begin the day with a visit to the waterfalls of Upolu. Experience the Papapapai-Tai Falls which stand at 100 meters. For lunch, have a once-in-a-lifetime picnic while overlooking the Sopoaga Falls, then cool off in the swimming holes at Togitogiga Waterfalls. After the long day, refuel at one of Apia’s restaurants before heading back to your hotel for the night.

Before beginning the day, enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Afterward, head over to the southwest beaches of Upolu and surf the day away or get that perfect tan. Spend the day with the sand between your toes and paddling over the clear waters of the South Pacific Ocean. After a long day in the sun, travel back to Apia and have a taste of a traditional earth-cooked meal.

Begin the day by grabbing your snorkeling gear. Head over to the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve at Vaiala Beach and spend the day swimming with the brightly-colored fish and coral. At lunchtime, find a shady spot for a picnic and enjoy the tropical breeze. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the reserve or visit the local markets of Apia where you can find fresh produce and souvenirs.

Start the day off with a big breakfast at your hotel before adventuring over to the big island of Savali’i. Hop on a ferry in western Upolu and take a 90-minute ride to the big island. After arriving on the island, check into your hotel and explore the Saleaula lava fields. Here you will see the fascinating geological aftermath of the eruption of Mt Matavanu in 1905. See the buried churches and walk on top of the lava flow while learning about Samoan history.

Begin the day with a hearty breakfast before exploring the Falealupo Rainforest Reserve for an eco adventure. Walk over the 40-meter high treetop canopy walkway and see the giant Banyan trees. While hiking in the reserve take your time and listen to the birds in the trees and try to spot flying foxes in the area. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the beach and soaking up the sun.

After your breakfast, catch a ferry back to the Island of Upolu. On this ride, you’ll say goodbye to the warm tropical sights of the Samoan Islands before boarding your flight for home.

The Samoan Islands were first explored  thousands of years ago by ancient ancestors of modern Polynesians who sailed across the Pacific by watching the stars in their canoes. Its rich Polynesian culture gives tourists the opportunity to taste the traditional food of the South Pacific. 

A trip to the Samoan Islands offers unique eco adventures, with its lush environment of waterfalls, white sand beaches, and multiple spots for snorkeling and surfing. These Islands are one of the few places anyone can escape to and connect with nature on a deeper level.


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