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Open Sundays and Public Holidays from Labour weekend until Queen’s Birthday (weather permitting) $6 adult, $4 child, $20 family (2 adults, 4 children) 36 Farm Park Rd 11am-4pm Ph 236 3132 119854 LifeStyle & Leisure Kick back, relax and take time to enjoy life By Robyn Yousef It’s not just those balmy temperatures tempered by gentle trade winds and the warm sea that makes Samoa a great holiday destination for work-weary Kiwis. It’s also the welcome given by the hospitable Samoans together with its fascinating Island culture. Walking into Apia’s Faleolo Airport at about 1am local time, we were greeted by a local band playing lilting Island music. In the background there was laughter, lots of laughter. Indeed, from that moment, laughter and music made up the sound track of my 10-day Samoan holiday. I was there for a milestone birthday, which fell during the Samoan Tourist Authority’s annual Teuila Festival. This made our stay extra special. Activities included fautasi (long boat) racing on Apia Harbour, fre dancing and all sorts of traditional entertainment plus a hip hop concert and even the fnal of the Miss Samoa pageant. By staying in an Apia house owned by a relative of a relative (next to a large, boisterous and caring Samoan family) and then going on to three nights at different resorts on Savaii, we enjoyed community life and tourist resorts. In particular, we were amazed that within walking distance of downtown bustle and the Apia hotel started by the legendary Aggie Grey, we could swim at the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve. It featured many varieties of coral, providing great diving and snorkelling. Of course, every tourist in Apia should call into Aggie Grey’s – if just for a drink. The old place has a magical atmosphere with photographs and mementos of that very great lady. I also visited the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum located below the writer’s Mt Vaea burial site. Long intrigued by “Tusitala” (the name the Samoans gave Stevenson meaning Teller of Tales) I have to admit to shedding tears when the wonderful Samoan guide read out Stevenson’s Requiem (“Home is the sailor, home from the sea. And the hunter home from the hill.”) and then sang it in Samoan. This is inscribed on his tomb and the locals still sing it as a song of grief. Because bookings were in such demand for Savaii, we had different accommodation on each of the three nights we were there. The ferry from the main island of Upolo departs from near Apia Airport, taking just over an hour to reach Savaii. We drove about 45 minutes along the picturesque coast to the north-east where we stayed. Our frst night was at the small, intimate Savaii Lagoon Resort at Fagamalo Village. There, we had a beachfront bungalow and could walk directly out on to the sandy beach. Run by Kiwi couple Tony and Melissa, they made us most welcome even decorating my bed with “Happy Birthday” in fowers. The resort comprised beachfront and garden bungalows, all with cooking facilities, and an enclosed outdoor en suite – showering under the stars was a dream. The next night we took a short drive up the coast to Manase to stay in a seafront fale at Tanu Beach fales. Operated by a large family, who made us feel like royalty, it also featured an entertaining fa fa (cultural night) which we so enjoyed. Our last night took us back to the Fagamalo Village where we stayed at the popular La Lagoto Resort. Enjoying an idyllic setting and built in a traditional Samoan style, the resort’s new infnity pool, great bar and restaurant as well as friendly staff, was a ftting fnale to our visit. The magic of Samoa with its warm, welcoming people made my special birthday seem incredibly special. Sensational Samoa Jewel of the Pacifc Pristine beaches and crystal clear water are given on Savaii.
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