Apia, Upolo, Samoa
Vailele Village & Museum of Samoa
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Fifteen minutes from Apia you will enter the 'real' Samoa at Vailele Village. Once a plantation town and important commercial center, Vailele now simply offers an interesting glimpse of village life.
During your 1½-hour stay in Vailele, you will be welcomed with a kava ceremony inside the Catholic Mission Compound. Once that is completed, guests will watch entertainment and the making of an umu, Samoan food cooked Samoan style over hot stones covered with banana and breadfruit leaves. Don't miss the chance to taste this delicious slow-cooked food.
The women's committee will teach you a bit of basket weaving, and show you how to make sun visors and picnic mats from coconut leaves. There are also stalls selling handicrafts and lava lavas (island sarongs) for sale. The funds generated are used for village projects such as schooling and potable water.
Returning to Apia you'll visit the Museum of Samoa. On display are some remarkable early photographs, traditional clothing, carvings, tools, weapons and artifacts. Spend 45 minutes browsing at this small but interesting facility.
Finally, you will head to the Mulinuu Peninsula, offering a lovely view of the capital city and the harbor; then, head back to the ship.
Tour does not operate on Sundays.