The oldest date so far from remains in Samoa has been calculated by New Zealand scientists to a likely true age of circa 3,000 years ago from a Lapita site at Mulifanua during the 1970s.

The origins of the Samoans are closely studied in modern research about Polynesia in various scientific disciplines such as genetics, linguistics and anthropology. Scientific research is ongoing although a number of different theories exist; including one proposing that the Samoans originated from Austronesian predecessors during the terminal eastward Lapita expansion period from Southeast Asia and Melanesia between 2,500 and 1,500 BCE. The Samoan origins are currently being reassessed due to new scientific evidence and carbon dating findings from 2003 and onwards.

Intimate sociocultural and genetic ties were maintained between the eastern Lapita colonies and the archaeological record supports oral tradition and native genealogies that indicate inter-island voyaging and intermarriage between prehistoric Samoans, Fijians, and Tongans.


Cultural Secrets of Samoa - Small Group Tour

After departing Apia at 9 am, you will head for the South coast of Upolu Island and the village Saanapu. During the one hour trip, you will pass through lush forests and plantations of taro and bananas. As you pass through traditional villages, you will be able to see the Samoan people starting their day. Try to count how many churches there are on the way to the south coast, you will probably lose track half way!

After arriving at Saanapu village you will be greeted by our local guide, Faatupu, and his family. Faatupu's knowledge and love for the Samoan culture is endless and you will have plenty of opportunity to get to know him, his family and their daily village life. He will prepare a traditional ceremonial Kava drink in the open Fale (house) used by the chiefs for village meetings. You will soon understand how important and complex this ritual is.

Next, you will learn how to weave coconut leaf baskets, plates and much more. This knowledge has been developed over thousands of years.

You will enjoy a light and healthy Samoan meal together with fresh drinking coconut. Refreshed and with new energy, we will head to the beach where we will begin a nature walk. You will join a local guide with extensive knowledge about native plants. He will teach how Samoans used to write before they had ink and what plant they used to cure headaches before aspirin. The area you will explore is one of the most beautiful in Samoa.

If the nature walk is unavailable due to bad weather, your guide will teach you how to husk and open a coconut and make coconut cream. This is used daily in Samoan cooking.

You will return to Apia with your new treasures collected in your own handmade coconut leaf basket. The trip will end at the office of Samoa Tourism Authority in Apia.

Duraition: 5 hours
Price: 69 USD / per person