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Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
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Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat
Lalotalie River Retreat

Lalotalie Eco-Cultural Adventure Retreat

Lalotalie features include the premier waterfall cascades hike in Samoa, possibly the Pacific - JUMP, CLIMB, go BEHIND, go DOWN and AROUND 16 small, bigger and HIGHEST waterfalls! To be conquered or to be merely admired, that’s the question. Safety and expert instruction are our utmost priority. Wild at heart is an option.

Here’s what our visitors have to say:

“The best kept secret in Samoa, maybe the Pacific, definitely in this crazy world of ours!”Anonymous
“I’ll be talking about it for years to come.” Neil McIntyre Montana, USA
“Breathtaking. Best hike on the planet!” Daniel Flynn, Victoria, Australia
“Best thing I have done in Samoa.” Jenny Sutherland, Peace Corps

Lalotalie is pioneering the unique combination of Eco-Cultural Adventure (ECA) tourism in Samoa, by encompassing the three cores of ‘real and raw’ hospitality: conserving the natural beauty of Faleaseéla/Matafaá’s environmental attractions, preserving local village life and traditions and promoting healthy, life-changing adventure within the ever-present essence of FaáSamoa (the way the Samoans pray, think and do.)

"The natural beauty which must be preserved for current and future generations, Samoa, as we expect it to be."
Armstrong Alexis, The Carribean Islands

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Lalotalie River Retreat is located directly beside the famous Liua le Vai O Sina River. Lalotalie literally means "under the talie tree" - a wide leafy tree providing a shady place to meet, rest and relax.

Lalotalie River Retreat is a family owned and operated venture. The current managers are Tuiafatea Olsen and Jane Va'afusuaga.

Your Hosts:

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Lalotalie is a family owned and operated venture in its humble beginnings, based solely in and around the village of Faleaseéla and across the bay to the west, the village of Matafaá. The current managers are Tuiafutea Olsen ‘Tuioli’ and  Jane Vaáfusuaga, along with their young daughter, Coco Sieni. Olsen is a New Zealand born Samoan who is well versed in Samoan culture and has been a matai (High Chief) of Faleaseéla for the last 20 years. 

He has a background in the tourism industry, having worked on a cruise ship sailing around the Pacific, as well as having worked in the Australia Outback, England and Queenstown New Zealand.  Olsen is your tour guide extraordinaire! 

Locally known as 'The Waterfall man' he will take you on an adventure – trekking up the river, jumping off waterfalls, exploring untouched beaches or rainforest tracks, paddling a paopao (outrigger canoe) across the bay and beyond or touring our plantation and introducing you to village life - all within walking distance of Lalotalie

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Jane is a New Zealander of Scottish descent.  She has experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in cafés in New Zealand.  She has lived in Samoa for 10 years where she developed a passion for organic gardening. 

She oversees the team who provide all your meals during your stay at Lalotalie – combining Samoan and European styled food, using fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the plantation whenever possible.


From our visitor's book:
""Very good being again together in this wonderful place. In addition, has been a real success as a team-building activity with my colleagues. Almost forgot: lunch delicious, thank you Jane!"
Luigi Viscardi, Italy (Red Cross)

How to Find Us

Lalotalie is located at the South West end of Upolu in the village of Faleaseéla, beside the legendary Liua le Vai o Sina River (meaning the changing direction of the River Sina.

Ask your guide to tell you the legend behind the name.)  Lalotalie literally means under the Talie tree a wide, circular, umbrella shaped leafy tree providing a shady place and shelter from the sun and rain.  A quiet place to meet, rest, eat, drink and sleep.

Lalotalie is approximately an hour’s drive from Apia (through Aleisa) or Siumu or approximately 40 minutes drive from Mulifanua Wharf (the scenic route, through the district of Falelatai, over the mountain and down to the river.)
We are only 10 minutes drive from the famous “Return to Paradise Beach”