Samoan people descended from the Gods and heaven to inhabit these islands. This is the legend. But it is true that Samoa culture is over 3.000 years old. Guided by the stars, the polynesian ancestors made their way across the Pacific in ocean-faring canoes. Samoa’s oldest known site of human occupation is Mulifanua on the island of Upolu, which dates back to about 1000 BC. Stonework ‘pyramids’ and mounds in star formation found throughout the islands have inspired various theories from archaeologists about this stage of Samoan history.

Samoa is considered the heart of Polynesia, the treasured islands of the South Pacific. “Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore. Blessed with stunning land and seascapes, and friendly people who are proud of their country, there are many versions of paradise to discover. Drive around around in a day, or take a leisurely trip over a few days, or even tour by cycle over a week, or just base yourself at a resort” says Samoa Travel, the official website. From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of Savai’i, to the vast valleys leading down to Upolu’s coastline ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches. “Explore Samoa’s lush green fertile valleys where banyan trees tower above the tropical rainforest canopy. Take time to cool down at a watering hole next to one of Samoa’s many cascading waterfalls that drop into rivers cutting 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”.

This is the Samoa picture taken by Samoa Travel: “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 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”. It is not enough? Then visit these ocean pearls.