Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore. There are two large islands; Upolu and Savai’i and then eight smaller islands located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific. Samoa is considered the heart of Polynesia, it has a 3000 year old way of life called Fa’a Samoa that underpins a memorable visitor experience. The traditional society governed by the Samoan Way (Fa’a Somoa), where family is all important, respect of elders is strictly adhered to, and being of service to your family is your duty, is what gives life to these islands.
Blessed with stunning land and seascapes, and friendly people who are proud of their country, there are many versions of paradise to discover. 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 in to the Pacific ocean. Beyond the beaches out in to 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 keeps the powerful force of the ocean at bay. Amongst all of this natural beauty and picturesque valleys you will find intriguing villages, with churches, meeting houses and village greens.
Take a look at what experiences are on offer for you to spend your gap year in this laid-back paradise… a beautiful place sure to cast its spell on you.