Journey: Cradle of Polynesia
Samoa is the jewel of the South Pacific - an unspoiled natural paradise with crystal clear waters, world-class surf, emerald ocean pools, beautiful rainforests and pristine waterfalls. Guided by the stars more than 3000 years ago, Polynesian ancestors made their way across the Pacific in ocean-faring canoes to Samoa – there’s an ancient energy to these islands that you feel as soon as your feet hit the ground. We explored the island of Upulo during our adventure – the 75-kilometre island was formed from a massive, basaltic shield volcano which rises from the ocean floor.
It’s hard not to marvel at the diversity of environment, no matter where you look the island is beaming with natural beauty. It’s one of those places that feels like a true disconnect from routine. Just kick off your shoes and in no time you’ll be on island time. And after a day of waves and adventures, there’s no better place to celebrate the good times with a few ice-cold Coronas on sunset. Samoa is truly From Where You’d Rather Be.
Featuring Ricardo Christie, Jamie McDell, Christina Macpherson and Jason Domancie.
Special thanks to Samoa Tourism, Sinalei Reef Resort, Coconuts Beach Resort and Manoa Surf Tours.
Director and 16mm: Kai Neville
DOP: Andy Gough
Producer: Jam Hassan
Creative Directors: Matt Pike and Chris Searl
Production Company: Monster Children Films
Project team: Ben Murgatroyd, Kieran Burke & Lincoln Jubb 
Colourist: Matt Fezz
Music: Colleen (
Sound design: KLANG Music Sound Ideas
Local production: John Lemoa
Titles: Jason Domancie
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