Why Not Return to Paradise Beach?

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A taste of Samoan cuisine – soon on all menus!

The hallmark of Samoan cuisine is freshness – fruit and vegetables of all kinds grow year round all around us; the fish swim in the sea in the morning and grace our plates at night; staples like taro yams provide enough energy to last a day and we cook in banana leaves or natural healthy […]

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Samoa’s 50th Year of Independence

The 1st of January 2012, marked the official beginning of the 50th year of Independence for Samoa. A special thanksgiving Service was held at the Parliement House at Mulinu’u to celebrate 50 years of Sovereignty since Samoa became an Independent island State, from New Zealand, on 1st January 1962. Polynesian Xplorer was at the event […]

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Where on the Planet is Zita?

How about shooting arrows in China!! Our Managing Director is always on the run – but who would have thought she would spend 5 weeks at the invitation of the Chinese Government and the Chinese Archery Association to go on intensive training and try to qualify for the London Olympics?  The Samoa Archery Association sent […]

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Time Warp! Samoa crosses the dateline!

On Thursday, 29th December, Samoans will go to bed and wake up on Saturday morning the 31st December – ready for starting New Year’s Eve celebrations. By magic (an act of Parliament actually! ) that would have made Harry Potter proud – Friday 30th December would have disappeared. Samoa, which has copied that Kiribati changed its dateline in […]

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Samoa’s Vaka, the Gaualofa, Now Resting in San Diego

Our very own Brynne Eaton Auva’a – who, when working with Polynesian Xplorer,  sang the national anthem at the opening of the Judo World Cup in 2010, has just completed an extraordinary journey on board the Gaualofa. Brynne was a member of one of seven Pacific Island crews that sailed a fleet of traditional Polynesian […]

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New Novel Provides Fresh Insights into Samoa’s Rich Culture

Our recent blog posts might suggest that Samoa is all about sport so it’s time to redress the balance. The very name of our country Sa-Moa means “Sacred Earth,” and suggests that our culture digs deep into our hearts and bonds us with our sacred earthly home. This concept is expressed in a modern way […]

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Hot off the Press – Opening Ceremonies of Judo World Cup

The event management team at Polynesian Xplorer are working round the clock to ensure that the 2011 Judo Wold Cup event gets off to a perfect start. They have even created a Facebook page and are iploading pictures fast and furiously so for the latest images, please click here:

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Samoa to Welcome the World’s top Judo Athletes Again!

Clearly, the team at Polynesian Xplorer love their sport. In addition to being proud supporters of the awe inspiring Manu Samoa, we like to compete ourselves in various endeavours that bring honour to Samoa. In our last post, we celebrated Zita Martel’s win at archery and today our topic is Judo. Our other managing director, […]

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Zita brings home a GOLD & BRONZE medals from Pacific Games

Our very own managing director, Zita Sefo-Martel,  has done it again. She went for Gold and nailed it in New Caledonia last week in the women’s compound archery event. Zita’s final round was  up against a fellow team member Aloema Tuimaleliifano so Samoa was a winner twice over. The day before – and clearly Zita was […]

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Samoa braces for Rugby World Cup

Our best tourism ambassadors are our men in blue. Their prowess on the fields afar as professional overseas players, in the USA, Japan, France, New Zealand, Australia and England, sets Samoan players apart. You can easily distinguish them on the field, either becuase of their amazing agility and side-steping, their flash speed, their chiropractor style […]

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Samoan Archers head for NC 2011

Cast our minds back to the South Pacific Games of 2007, where the Samoa Archery Federation competed with 7 archers, and with just these 7 won a total of 9 medals. The Samoan Observer reported that “it became the talk of the archery world” for Samoa, it’s newest member to Archery, topping the Oceania region […]

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Nuanua – Arc en Ciel Exhibition, 21st July – 21st Aug

The Vanya Taule’alo Gallery Once again The Vanya Taule’alo Gallery is having an amazing exhibtion of three well known Pacific artists. If you are visiting our lovely islands between the 21st of July and the 21st of August 2011, then this is one of our recommended ‘must do’ stops. Featured artist, Fatu Feu’u, born in […]

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Insel Fehmarn Food & Wine Fair – Saturday 10th September 2012

“A Celebration of Culture in Cuisine” Last year the Hotel Insel Fehmarn pulled off it’s first food fair, featuring a wide range of ethnic foods, wine and entertainment. Taking place on the large open field in front of the hotel, the atmosphere was jovial, with tourists and local people coming together to enjoy good food […]

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Samoa, Samoan Fale, Shanghai Expo

Anniversary of a Rite of Passage – Receiving a Samoan Tatau

It’s just over a year ago that co-owner of Polynesian Xplorer, received her malu (tattoo) in public from the celebrated master tattooist, Tufuga Ta Tatau Su’a Sulu’ape Petelo. As many young women in Samoa are reviving this ancient custom, you could question – what’s so special about that? But few agree to experience this painful and transformative ritual […]

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