Just 24 hours ago we are snorkeling around the jetty at Vaimoana when we bump into a friendly and rather curious turtle. Just one of the many wonderful turtle moments over our 9 day stay at Vaimoana Lodge.
Breakfast follows our last turtle encounter with THE BEST coconut jam pancakes. Crepe thin and oozing with a sauce made of caramelized sugar and freshly squeezed coconut cream. And just to take culinary excellence to the next level the pancakes are served with Samoan bacon. Sweet, succulent smokey bacon that was running around the village a few weeks ago. Truly free range. Truly delicious. Truly.
Breakfast is burnt off by a Kayak around the water front village adjacent to Vaimoana. The local church choir's song drifts across the balmy pacific ocean and little kids gather on a rock squealing at us to come take them for a ride. Another snorkel is followed by some hammock recovery and the finishing up of my third novel of the holiday when today's fishing charter arrives home. Triumphant! Again! This time with 3 x 3 foot long Masimasi on board and a very happy Ozzie bloke. He is eating that fish not 20 minutes later, served up by Ina the chef, it's dripping in a light and tasty coconut and lime sauce.
We polish off our last lobster of the stay for lunch… Mornay or salad. Your choice. And then it is time for us to head home to NZ.
Adorned with fragrant Frangipani and gardenia flower necklaces we are serenaded off with a ukelele performance by the wonderful Sale who owns this place, and his amazing wait staff Nu'u, Tau and Rosie. These guys are wonderfully attentive waiters with great big smiles and sparkly eyes yes, but they are so much more than this. They climb coconut trees, cook traditional food in the umu, sing and dance in the ways of old and Rosie gives a fabulous Samoan massage. Their connection to their culture is humbling.
We promise to return next May. This is a promise worth keeping.
Vaimoana is beyond criticism. If you are looking for something more than a resort experience. If you are looking for a life experience. Vaimoana is your destination. Thanks Sale, Rosie, Nu'u, Rosie, David, Ina and Tau and EVERYONE else for making the world a better place.
Lots of love Felicity and Arani.
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- Also Known As:
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