The treasured islands of the South Pacific
“Talofa lava” and welcome to Samoa! The treasured islands of the South Pacific were governed by New Zealand until 1962 when they became independent. In 1997 it’s name was changed from Western Samoa to Samoa.
Located in Polynesia 1530km south of the equator, Samoa is 4174km from Hawaii and 2880km from Auckland, New Zealand. Samoa is a picture 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 justifiably proud of their country, there are many versions of Samoan paradise just waiting to be discovered. It’s two main Islands, Upolu and Savai’i, are home to the majority of the 177, 200 population.
The local language is Samoan, a Polynesian language, though many people also speak English. With many Samoans living abroad, the total estimated number of speakers worldwide is 510,000.