Asau, Sava’I, Samoa

Jun 01, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Today National Geographic Orion arrived on the shores of the beautiful island of Savaii, the largest of the Samoan islands. Sparsely populated, Savaii is a place of tradition and ceremony, where the old ways of fa’a Samoa are still celebrated. Fa'a Samoa is the practice of traditional values and an integral part of Samoan life. Time-honored traditions and a genuine warm hospitality are part of the fa’a Samoan culture.

Our island exploration introduced us to a Samoan kava ceremony and a local cultural dance. We tasted some of the delicious village homegrown food. We also experienced a pleasant morning in the forest where guests that were up for a challenge braved a bridge at canopy walk. All topped by a refreshing swim in a warm enticing ocean followed by a tropical dive!

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Cristiana Damiano

Cristiana Damiano


Cristiana was born and raised in Brazil.  Being surrounded by natural beauty and diverse culture instilled her desire for exploration at a young age.  Her passion for wilderness, different cultures and inhospitable regions led her to pursue a career in ecology, oceanography and, ultimately, the pursuit of a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and coral reef ecology in Australia.  Her travels have taken her to the Amazon and Borneo jungles, the higher mountains of Southeast Asia, the Great Barrier Reef and Far Northern Reefs, Papua New Guinea villages, volcanoes in Guatemala and the deep seas in many remote islands around the globe. 

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