Samoa’s 1133 square miles are made up of 7 tropical islands, 4 of which are inhabited. The two main islands of Upolu and Savai’i are home to the vast majority of the 170,000 inhabitants.
Set on the Southeast coast of Upolu, Salani village is a beautiful 50 minute drive from Apia-the capital and business center- and a 75-minute drive from Faleolo International Airport.
The islands are similar in make-up to the Hawaiian Islands with striking mountains in the center and fertile lands nearer the sea (although plant life grows out of virtually anything in this lush place). Coral reefs, sandy beaches, coconut palm trees and volcanic lagoons with clear waters are prevalent.
Samoa is considered the heart of Polynesia and many believe that the island of Savai’i is the ancient Hawai’iki, or birthplace of Polynesian culture. The chance to experience this living culture and the pride Samoans take in their traditions is not to be missed. The majority of the population lives mostly rurally in one of the 360 villages. The “aiga” or extended family is the core element in Samoan life. The aiga and its “matai” or chiefs, make life decisions communally, and family is everything here.