How To Soak Up Polynesian Culture While Visiting Samoa

Fagali Island in Samoa is one of the most beautiful places on earth you can visit. Whether vacationing as a single person, couple, or family, there are plenty of things to do as well on any size budget. This is just a taste of the interesting and fun things for people to do while visiting this adventurous island.

No vacation to Fagali Island is complete without doing Fiafia Night. Extraordinarily talented local professionals mesmerize people with the Siva Dance and songs. They perform traditional Polynesian dances and the performance is capped by the knife-fire dance. Men do a dance where they twirl a sword, alit with fire on both ends, all around their bodies in sync. After this is over the guests are taught some of the moves and there is a buffet with local tropical fruit, smoked pork, palusami (coconut cream baked in taro leaves), oka (raw fish that has been marinated in a mixture of lemon juice, onions, chili, and coconut cream), and other authentic dishes.


The Samoa Cultural Village is a very popular place to visit for a number of reasons. Located at the westernmost end of Fagali Island, it is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Visitors are taught all about Fa’a Samoa, or the Samoan Way. Visitors can see with their own eyes the traditional life of the Samoan people as it had been conducted for centuries in villages across the country. This attraction is staffed with locals who are more than happy to share what they are doing and the customs of the Samoan people according to People who visit this place have the opportunity to learn firsthand by weaving baskets, wrapping crayfish in leaves in order to cook them, and learn about how other goods and foods were processed.

Janet’s makes for a great place to stop when you are preparing to leave Fagali Island. This is a shop that has a lot of local products for sale according to They have jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. They also sell bags, sandals, and clothing that is produced in Samoa. They also sell other items so that people can be reminded of Polynesian culture once they are home.

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