Witness one of the most esteemed ceremonies in Samoan culture, performed by an illustrious High Talking Chief at a traditional village.
Begin your tour with a breathtaking drive west, during which you'll delight in the island's natural beauty and historic landmarks. Highlights include the monolithic Fatu-ma-Futi or Flowerpot Rock that rises straight out of the ocean as if standing sentinel at the entrance to Pago Pago Bay. Farther west, you'll pass the Leone Mission Monument and several churches that mark the contribution of Reverend John Williams, who landed in the area in 1832 and began spreading Christianity.
Despite readily embracing such non-native doctrines, Samoans still cherish traditional ways, especially with regard to ceremonies and social occasions. This tour demonstrates the significance of a High Talking Chief or "tulafale." Think of him as the village spokesman, a grand orator highly skilled at holding the audience's attention through his extraordinary use of language and ancient proverbs.
Dressed in traditional garb, the High Talking Chief will launch into an animated and authentic performance of an ancient Samoan ceremony used to welcome visiting VIPs. It's absolutely hypnotic to watch his passion and respect for Samoan values, as he weaves his dramatic tale for your entertainment. After the ceremony, which takes place in an open-sided thatched "fale" building, you'll be treated to a traditional dance performance and complimentary fruit punch before driving back to the pier.
Please note: There is minimal walking on this tour, mainly at the guests' discretion during stops; however, there may be some steps and uneven terrain to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing (no shorts please); sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Transportation is via wooden island buses that have no air-conditioning. The order of the sites viewed or visited can vary.