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Honeymoon in Samoa

Honeymoons

Your honeymoon is the start of your new life and nowhere could be more romantic than Samoa. There are any number of hotels and resorts to choose from.

Treat yourselves to a honeymoon suite at a resort by the beach and lie on the deck and watch the day go by while sipping on a tropical cocktail.

And if you prefer the night life, the take a suite at one of the hotels in Apia and pamper yourselves with a spa or massage.

Take a sunset cruise on a boat and enjoy the refreshing sea air or simply lie on the beach and be waited upon by the friendly resort staff.

For the more adventurous, hire a car and explore the islands and stay at a small beach fale.

Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore.

From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of the two main islands to the vast valleys leading down to a coastline ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches.

Within these lush green fertile valleys, grow banyan trees towering above the rainforest canopy which is full of tropical blooms and numerous varieties of vegetation.

Cascading waterfalls dropping into rivers that cut jagged lines through the valley floor as they make their way to the ocean.

The coastline is a wonder in itself, with sparkling white sand beaches, in some places stretching for miles, and here and there are walls of sheer cliffs that drop straight into the Pacific.

And beyond the beaches out into the blue lagoons are scattered the rest of the islands that make up the Samoa archipelago, some inhabited, others with only nature's wildlife, protected by the fringing coral reef that keep the powerful force of the Pacific Ocean at bay.

And amongst all this natural beauty and picturesque valleys and coastline you will find nu’u or villages with their churches, meeting houses and open fale or homes encircling the malae or village green.

Home to people proud of their strong Fa’a Samoa - cultural heritage, that live alongside these natural wonders.

For it’s the people, culture and nature that give life to these islands. 

Weddings

The scent of frangipani wafts through the air, the ocean laps onto the beach and the sun is setting over the horizon. You have come to these beautiful islands to marry, and beside you is your soul mate and true love, saying the words ‘I do’.

Nothing could be more romantic than a wedding in Samoa, and to make the occasion memorable you can choose the perfect setting for your day - an old church with a choir singing, a tropical garden with fragrant scents filling the air, by the fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall or a secluded beach on an uninhabited island at sunset?

Your only limitation is your imagination and all the services you require can be found here in Samoa – minister, venues, caterers, photographers and cars to make your day a memorable one.

Or there are a number of hotels, resorts and tour operators who can organize everything for you.

Marriages in Samoa are legally recognized worldwide and application forms for a marriage license must be filed 14 days prior to the wedding day with the Justice Department in Apia.

Your Samoan vacation

From the moment you hop off the plane, you’ll realize this is one vacation experience that you have long been searching for.

For here in Samoa there are no crowded beaches; the air temperature averages 30 degrees all year round and the ocean is a warm 25 degrees.

The people are friendly and will welcome you with open arms to experience their culture.

Laughter is common place and life moves at a gentle pace.

There is a wide range of accommodation options to suit your vacation experience.

Dining out will be the hardest choice to make with the huge variety of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Exploring the islands will leave you feeling like you’re on an adventure.

The picturesque villages will leave you wanting to stay for good.

Sports fishermen are spoilt for choice of game fish to catch.

The local Sunday church service with harmonious singing will boost your soul and, if you don’t want to do anything at all but simply relax, you can do just that.

Fa'a Samoa

Fa’a Samoa has three key elements to it – the matai (chiefs), aiga, the extended family and the church.

Matai are the heads of the extended family unit and their role is very complex covering family, civic and political duties in the village.

There are 362 nu’u or villages found throughout the islands with a total of 18,000 matai.

The aiga or extended family is made up of parents, brothers and sisters, children, grandparents, cousins, nephews and nieces living together within the village. When family members marry partners in other villages, the in-laws too become part of the extended family unit and in times of happiness or sadness all come together to pitch in. It is one's duty as a Samoan to be of service to our aiga for life.

Christianity has been one of the few western influences that has been accepted into Fa’a Samoa.

John Williams from the London Missionary Society arrived in Savaii in 1830 with eight Tahitian and Rarotongan teachers to spread the word. Today the motto on Samoa’s crest reads, Fa’avae I Le Atua Samoa – Samoa is founded on God, and found in every village are churches of various denominations. Samoans are devout Christians and Sunday is a day of worship and spending time with family and no physical work is done.

Fa’a Samoa culture has a strong focus on welcoming visitors, however it is important that visitors follow protocol when entering villages and family homes as well as using and accessing village resources.

  • Avoid walking through villages during the evening prayer curfew (usually between 6pm and 7pm). This usually lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is often marked at the beginning and end by a bell or the blowing of a conch shell.
  • Respect Sunday. While many visitor attractions are open on Sunday, you are expected to behave quietly and to travel slowly through villages.
  • Skimpy clothing is not recommended in villages, and will cause offence.
  • Women are recommended to wear a lavalava (sarong) rather than shorts or pants, especially if they attend church.
  • Almost all shops are shut on Sunday, so buy what you need the day before.
  • No nude or topless (for women) swimming or sunbathing.
  • Shoes should be removed before entering a fale.
  • Never stand within a fale when elders are seated.
  • When sitting in a fale, avoid pointing your feet at others. Either tuck them away, cross them (yoga style) or cover them with a lavalava or mat.
  • Always ask permission from your host before taking photos in a village.
  • Don’t offer children money, even if they ask.
  • If in any doubt, ask your host or a village member.

Source: www.samoa.travel

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