Your Hosts: Lalotalie is a family owned and operated venture 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.

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Jane Va'afusuaga
Jane & Coco White Sunday

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 22 years and has been involved in community and village projects and sports development including English cricket and rugby league. He is currently the project manager for the Liua le Vai o Sina Watershed and Rainforest Sanctuary Project funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme of the UNDP.

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. 

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.

Photo credit Mr Hong Lee, Korea
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Olly and Jane landscape
Tour guide Olsen

 

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 12 years where she developed a passion for organic gardening and sustainable living.

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

Our story is a love story … we share a love for family, adventure, culture, the environment, good food and a love for Samoa.

We were both born and bred in New Zealand (Olsen is of Samoan descent and Jane is Scottish) but have lived in Samoa for 25 and 12 years, the last 9 of these, together at Falease’ela where we have built our eco-cultural adventure tourism business.

Our business combines our passions for the outdoors, adventure, the environment, organic gardening, cooking and people. We love meeting people from all around the world, learning a little about their lives and sharing with them something of ours. We are passionate about conserving the environment, especially the river Liua le Vai o Sina which is the heart of our business. One of the main aims of our business is to benefit the people who live in our village through providing them with skills, opportunities and employment.

 

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Our story is a love story … we share a love for family, adventure, culture, the environment, good food and a love for Samoa.

We were both born and bred in New Zealand (Olsen is of Samoan descent and Jane is Scottish) but have lived in Samoa for 25 and 12 years, the last 9 of these, together at Falease’ela where we have built our eco-cultural adventure tourism business.

Our business combines our passions for the outdoors, adventure, the environment, organic gardening, cooking and people. We love meeting people from all around the world, learning a little about their lives and sharing with them something of ours. We are passionate about conserving the environment, especially the river Liua le Vai o Sina which is the heart of our business. One of the main aims of our business is to benefit the people who live in our village through providing them with skills, opportunities and employment.

The team Lalotalie