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!