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Lufilufi here we come!
WSAMOA REPORTERS - 2005

Wsamoa reporter;
Its the village of my grandfather Susuga Tusa Faaifili.

Back in the old days my grandfather and family were the owners of the populair spots Piula cave pool and the terrain around it. He gave away a great part of the land to the Methodist Church.

In early days the sea took a part of the village way and when he was a young man, he went in a small canoe for sharkhunting and killed them just with a stick. And after some days when he came back into the village with a canoe filled up with sharks, the whole village was singing en dancing and they eat the sharks under an blue starry sky.

Under the same sky we drove into the village. But there was nobody but unfriendly dogs. After a while we met some family and than more and more people came, even people come from the plantage up at the hill, and the pastor and his wife, simply to see us.

While food comes from everywhere and mother’s told their sons to climb into the coconut tree to get some fresh coconuts for us, and there was a fiafia, we drunk the cava and we realised we coming from another planet called Europe.

While we slept in a fale we heard the song of the sea, snorking dogs and while the sun is breaking through, the rooster’s are doing their very best to introduce that new day.

We promised to come back soon. So this time it is not possible to give a grade for the overwhelming hospitality and the smiling faces, the songs and dances and an airplane full tears.

On the photo you see some smiles of family from the family in LufiLufi. We will return to Samoa to our roots as soon as possible.

The Samoan Hotel tour: Sinalei Beach Resort
Reporters of WSAMOA

We went from FaoFao Beach fales south heading the Sinalei Beach Resort. On our left hand the blue sea was clearly and calm and taking a glimp to the right we drove among thousands of coconutpalms and a path through a beautiful garden and golf course lead us us to the Sinalei. While we checked in we heard there was live music and we went to the nearby beach and a music band was just finishing the music.

While somebody introduced the next singer Ben Makisi on tour in Samoa, a loud ovation from about a hunderd of people makes us wondering, who’s this man?
And after a while we can confirmed, this Ben Makisi is a marvelous opera singer. They called him the Samoan Pavarotti. We think this man is even better!

If this Resort is as good as Ben Makisi`s voice, we don’t have to worry about a thing this whole week. But we have to be honest. This resort is compare with the upper European, American and Asian levels ‘just good’

But it is not honest to compare this place with the Michelin star place. The Sinalei people are nice and they trying to do their best, the food is ok, you can have your dinner and wine at the restaurant or you can go to the beach to have a cool beer and a hamburger.

The garden is beautiful, with all those flowers and colourful birds. You can use the internet at a laptop. You can have a lot of fun in the swimming pool. The rich Samoans from overseas mostly comes here, and romantic people having their wedding. Even the gouverment have their meetings here. Maby next time we will come back.

We give this resort something between a 7 and 7,5

Now we packing for our trip to the village Lufilufi to meet the Tusa familiy


Photos from Eventpolynesia
Ben Turua (bass), Hayden Wharewaka (drums), Dominic Leauga (keyboard) and
Tera Henry (lead singer) gets the show on the road at Sinalei Reef Resort
waterfront. Siumu, Samoa (Photo: Dave Mackrell - 28 May 2005

Photos from Eventpolynesia
Ben Turua (bass), Hayden Wharewaka (drums), Dominic Leauga (keyboard) and
Tera Henry (lead singer) gets the show on the road at Sinalei Reef Resort
waterfront. Siumu, Samoa (Photo

The Samoan hotel tour: FaoFoa Beach Fales

The Samoan Hotel Tour is an indepently tour around Samoa by the reporters of WSAMOA. In this tour the reporters will share their findings and tells you more about several Hotels/Fales in Samoa.


Now we left the Princes Tui Inn and heading South crossing Upolu Island
to Faofao in our four wheel drive.

While driving we enjoyed the mountain view and stopped at the Sopoaga falls. A friendly woman welcomed us. Flowers in every colour and type wich makes it even more then a regular garden. The Sopoaga waterfall was overwhelming us and it was truly a impressive viewto see such a wonder of nature.

We arrive at the FaoFao beach fales and next to the road at that moment a number of fales were cleanied up, so we went into the restaurant part, wich is across the road and the innkeeper offered us a big coke and a slice of pineapple while we looked around.

The place looks nice to us, the people were friendly and helpfull. The first
impression was relaxed. We had the feeling we are the guests. The beach fale itself was just enough, cause it is only a place to sleep.

In the front of the fale there is a balcony an while sitting there you can enjoy the white beach and you can overlooking the waves of the sea. At night time there were million of twinkling stars above and while looking up to the sky I felt someting against my leg and jump away, just to see that it was a wagging tail from a dog witch probaly also stared at the beautiful sky.

We met some people from New Zealand and Canada. They were very impressed about the friendly service of the crew of this place. After a while we were surprised when they brought us the lunch at our balcony.
This is also a very good place for diving and snorkeling. While we're standing in the backyard of the beach fales facing the foot of the mountain, with the cows between the palmtrees, there was nothing more to wish for.

We look around the place and drove with the car more to the Aleipata coast facing the island of Nuutele. Behind this island there were seabirds nesting grounds. On our way back to the fales we stopped by a place called where you can swim and snorkel. A man invited us to come. Than a girl asking 20 tala and while we thinking about that it would be too much money for a swim a angry women chase us away.

Back in the fales again we enjoyed the food. You can eat as much as you wish. You can get cold Vailima beer, soft drinks and there were people come to sitt at your table and have a conversation with you. After that one of the village people invited us to visit his fale for watching a rugby game on television.

And then on saturdaynight there was a FiaFia. The whole village was dancing and singing and they completed it with a firedance.
It was fantastic. Next time we will come back here again.


Final grade: 7,5 - 8
(range from 1,2,3 till 10, 1=worst, 10= is excellent)

Your story or any reply is welcome
mailto:wsamoa@hotmail.com

Next experiences about te Samoan Hotel Tour are:

Sinalei Hotel
Fiafia Aggie Grey’s
Village of Lufilufi

The Samoa Hotel Tour: Princess Tui INN
The Samoan Hotel Tour is an indepently tour around Samoa by the reporters of WSAMOA. In this tour the reporters will share their findings and tells you more about several Hotels/Fales in Samoa.

Next:
FaoFao Beach Fales
Sinalei Hotel
Fiafia Aggie Grey’s
Village of Lufilufi

For now Princess Tui Inn.

We travelled from Europa to Samoa and as first we went to` The Princess Tui Inn’ and the flight we booked by internet. The information which we received from the website of Princess Tui Inn was very extended. A taxi driver picked us up at the airport for an amount of 12 tala each person.

After our journey form London to Los Angelos we arrived in the early morning at Apia. An modern airport and a Samaon orchestra welcomed us with their songs and gitarmusic and gave us a supreme feeling of welcome. The taxi driver kept our names on a board above her and with that we made our first step of the Samoan hotel tour.

We stayed at the Princess Tui Inn there for about two days and meanwhile we rented a car and regulated a drivers license at the ministry

The Princess Tui Inn is a low budget hotel and cheap for European terms.
First of all we spent the night here and took a shower and get some rest. We had the Ocean View room, only seen when you open the window.

Once gets awake in the morning we started with a very well decorated
breakfast with fresh fruit and with a fresh flower. This makes a good start
for the day.

The staff is kindly and helpful. We enjoy the moment the waitresses
spontaneously sing a song. She had a splendid voice. We dared to ask her
something, frightened that the singing would stop.

The lunch and meals, you can prepare it by yourself in a kitchen for commonuse. Also a refriguator is present. The city Apia and the harbour are near this place.

Staff and customers are pleasantly with each other. The receptionist is very helpful at solving problems and giving information. Also you can use internet by payment. The innkeepers Alesi and George are the hosts. In contrast to the innkeeper George, Alesi is more the host.

The wooden floor is heary when children run in the morning after each other, so the complete hotel is awake. But the low hotel costs and pleasant staff makies much good.

Final grade: 6
(range from 1,2,3 till 10, 1=worst, 10= is excellent)

Your story or any reply is welcome
mailto:wsamoa@hotmail.com

Next experiences about te Samoan Hotel Tour are:

FaoFao Beach Fales
Sinalei Hotel
Fiafia Aggie Grey’s
Village of Lufilufi