West Island Drive & Samoan Ava Ceremony

3 hours | Pago Pago | P P G - 1 0 5
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$ 49.95
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Points of Interest

  • Flower Pot Rock
  • Ava Ceremony
  • Western Tutuila
Easy activity


Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your colorful open-air bus and begin a fantastic half-day island adventure. From Pago Pago, drive southwest past a series of small bays and traditional Samoan villages. Each village prominently features an elevated Fale. This oval shaped, open sided thatched roof structure serves as the meeting house for the village council. Pause for a photograph of one of the palm-fringed traditional villages, which offer a perfect backdrop for your island memento.

Continue on past the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center and Nuuuli Village. You will also pass Lava Lava, American Samoa's golf course, and Fatu-ma-Futi or "Flowerpot Rock".

Finally, attend an Ava Ceremony in the guest house of High Talking Chief Fale. This traditional island welcome, given by Samoans to important guests, involves a soothing drink produced from the local ava root. The name of the ceremony is derived from the name of the ava root. Relax, and enjoy this unique opportunity to participate in traditional Samoan culture. For the finale of the ceremony, a village group will perform some island dances.

On your return drive to the ship, stop for a photo at the First Missionary Monument. The Monument celebrates the work of John Williams of the London Missionary Society, and his efforts to bring Christianity to Samoa.

Special Notes:

Local buses are used for tour transportation. Buses have bench seats, no microphones and no storage to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs. Tour guides are high school seniors. What they may lack in professional skills is made up by their local knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm. Tour order may vary.

Child Price:

12 years and under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for scenic drive to the southwestern shores of Tutuila

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Mini Bus
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Photo stop at the village of Leone

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Continue on to a Samoan village and watch a Samoan Ava ceremony

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Re-board bus for narrated drive back to ship

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Mini Bus
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