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National Flag

The Samoan flag has a red background with a dark blue rectangle top left (where the Union Jack is on Australian and NZ flags) with 5 white stars – four large, one small – representing the Southern Cross.

National Coat Of Arms

The Samoan Coat of Arms is a silver shield that contains five stars to represent the Southern Cross and the motto “Faavae i le Atua Samoa”, meaning “God be the Foundation of Samoa”.


In Apia the RSA Night Club on Beach Road (across the road from Westpac) is a favourite haunt (9:00am to midnight) with live music some nights. Ace of Clubs is a recent addition to the night spots and has two levels/experiences – one a pub/bistro atmosphere with pool tables, the other a nightclub. The pub is on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible, the nightclub is up a flight of stairs. Club X has a great atmosphere (in the old Wildfire Restaurant). Crabbers (in the old Tropicana Bar) is worth checking out. Women travelling alone (or together) should be prepared to be bombarded with requests to dance – even those who arrive with a date aren’t immune. The fa’afefine (transvestites) usually travel in groups and change venues regularly. If loud music and party mode isn’t your thing there are a few bars suitable for a quiet drink. There’s a little pub on Beach Road called Cocktails on the Rocks (also known as The Hole in the Wall) – there’s live music, a pool table and an Italian restaurant next door that will deliver pizzas to the pub. Y Not is a nice little bar next to Paddles Restaurant on the harbour. There are a few hotels on the Sogi side of Apia that face the water – the Amanaki Hotel Bar (and restaurant) is one of the most popular ones. Some of the hotels also have weekly fia fia nights.

Nonu Fruit

This is the Samoan spelling for noni fruit (morinda cigrifolia). It grows wild all through Samoa and is so plentiful you can sometimes grab some at the markets and won’t be charged. Noni has taken off in parts of the world, particularly the United States, as a daily hit of health (a dietary supplement that’s meant to be good for the inside and outside). In 2004 the export of nonu was Samoa’s equal second largest export earner (tying with Vailima beer). The country’s biggest export is fish.


  • niu: coconut
  • nofo: sit
  • nu’u: village

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