Samoa Cultural Village, Apia

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Delve into Samoa's culture at Samoa Cultural Village, an interactive settlement where visitors can learn about Fa'a Samoa, or the Samoan way. With an emphasis on community and respect, customs include welcoming guests with open and friendly arms. Visitors are expected to respect the village, and in return are treated to demonstrations and lessons on traditional weaving, tattooing, and carvings. Do not miss the musical performances, which feature traditional dancers. Work out when and for how long to visit Samoa Cultural Village and other Apia attractions using our handy Apia trip planner .
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  • This is definitely a tourist show but all delivered in a genuine Samoan atmosphere. You start weaving your own dinner plate. Watch some real tattooing, see the food prepared, watch the women make tapa...  more »
  • We spent 3 hours with our 3 children (2x7 and 22 months). It was entertaining and instructive. The performances were entertaining. An incredible experience that is also offered for free. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • This blew me away. The centre puts on a cultural display and tour for 2-3 hours daily for free. They do this to preserve the culture and to pass it on to future generations and to share their passion ...  more »
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  • Starts about 11am and make sure you leave a number of hours. This event takes the whole morning and some of the afternoon. Cool to learn the history and try the food.
  • Best way to begin in Samoa. Wonderful colours explanations. Really nice people. You have to go!!!
  • The Cultural Village is a great first stop after landing in Samoa. In 2 hours you will: * Weave palm leaves into a basket (or at least attempt to) * Experience song and dance * See the half body tattoo being applied live * See a traditional Umu stone oven and have them cook your lunch for free * See wood craft (not too traditional) * See the method of how they make traditional clothing from bark The visitor centre at the front will help you find where to go next afterwards.
  • This is a must see attraction if you are interested in seeing the historical Samoan way of life. The centre is located in central Apia across the street from the beautiful church and behind the welcome centre. Established about 5 years ago the grounds are still being developed as they suffered some storm damage. Although open all day the two hour guided tour and performances are only given on alternate days and when cruise ships are visiting. Arrive by 10 am for the performance that begins at 10:30. Although advertised as free after seeing the show you will feel compelled to leave a significant donation. When you arrive you will be welcomed by lovely ladies and invited to sit down and enjoy some music. You will then be shown how to weave some leaves to make a simple bowl which you will use later to enjoy some local food. The show is hosted by a tribal chief. He will take you to several stations where he will describe local traditions and you will witness how traditional life is lived. The first station you visit is the cooking shelter where you see the men preparing the dishes. You see various foods prepared including taro, breadfruit and fish and how they are cooked over heated rocks covered with leaves. Next you visit the carving shelter to see craftsmen making all the items needed for daily living. Next comes the tattooing station where we learn the ritual of full body tattooing for men and lower body tattooing for women and the significance of these tattoos. You then return to the main reception are to learn how they make traditional wraps and prints out of finely prepared leaves. By now the meal is cooked and you will sample the traditional foods in the little bowls you had the opportunity to make. Finally there was a full 30 minutes of Samoan dancing. This was a cultural experience we will never forget.
  • A must do when you visit Samoa. Was so interesting. Took part in a welcome ceremony, watched traditional tattoo, watched the prep then ate a meal from an umu. Craving and our favourite the Tapa making so clever. Very educational and entertaining. The hosts were very funny also.
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