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Tafua is a seaside village on the island of Savai'i in Samoa. It is situated on a peninsula on the southeast coast of the island in Palauli district.[1] The population is 408 (2006 Census).[2]

Tafua Rainforest Preserve[edit]

Tafua volcanic crater.

The Tafua Rainforest Preserve was established in 1990 as a covenant between the village chiefs (matai) and funds from Seacology, model Christie Brinkley and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to protect native rainforests. The preserve includes walking tracks in the rainforest and a path to the Tafua volcanic crater[3] where there are rare Samoa flying-fox bats. The forest is also one of the few habitats for the endemic and endangered tooth-billed pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris), called Manumea, the national bird of Samoa.[4] Seacology also funded two fishing boats for the village to help generate local income and livelihoods.[5]

The coastal village is 6 km from the main road at a turnoff five minutes drive south of Salelologa township and ferry terminal.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Samoa Territorial Constituencies Act 1963". Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Census Report 2006" (PDF). Samoa Bureau of Statistics. July 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Stanley, David (1999). Tonga-Samoa Handbook. David Stanely. p. 148. ISBN 1-56691-174-5. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Exploring the rainforests". Samoa Tourism Authority. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Seacology funds fishing boats in Tafua". Seacology Island Projects. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 

Coordinates: 13°47′S 172°13′W / 13.783°S 172.217°W / -13.783; -172.217