There is no doubt that rugby is high on the agenda in 2015 and Samoa will play host to an historic first ever test match between the All Blacks and Manu Samoa and the Vailima Marist Samoa 7s. The sporting theme continues with the Samoa Swim Festival and the Commonwealth Youth Games. Visitors looking for a dose of culture can head to the annual Samoan Independence Celebrations, a traditional Teuila Festival, or catch a special performance of Hamlet.

This year’s annual Samoa Swim Festival will take place from 21st to 24th May 2015. Competitors swim over coral reefs, amongst spectacular fish and in water temperatures of between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius!

On 1 January 1962 Western Samoa became the first South Pacific island to gain independence from New Zealand. Independence Day, however, is celebrated on 1 June with Samoa Independence Celebrations.

The month of July brings even more excitement when the world champion New Zealand All Blacks will play an historic first-ever rugby test match against the mighty Manu Samoa on their home turf.

The fifth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in Samoa from 5th to 12th September 2015. Events across nine sporting disciplines (archery, athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rugby 7s, swimming, squash, tennis and weightlifting) will take place in the capital city Apia.

Since it was established in 1991, Samoa's Teuila Festival has grown to become one of Samoa's most celebrated annual events. This year’s 25th anniversary will take place from 6th September until 12th September with an exciting variety of events and activities.

For great travel deals and more information on Samoa’s 2015 events, please contact the Samoa Tourism Authority:

Telephone: +44 208 877 4504

www.samoa.travel