Lefaga is a village district on the south west coast of the island of Upolu in Samoa. The American movie Return to Paradise (1953), starring Gary Cooper was filmed at Matautu village in Lefaga.[1] The 50th anniversary celebrations of the making of the movie took place in Lefaga in November 2003.

Return to Paradise beach, Lefaga, 2009

A number of villages and districts in Samoa are called 'Matautu.'

There are seven sub-villages, pito nu'u in Lefaga;

Lefaga was one of the areas hit by the 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami with fatalities and extensive damage.[2]


  1. ^ "The welcome mat is out in Samoa for 50th anniversary celebration of movie Return to Paradise". Radio New Zealand International. 5 November 2003. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  2. ^ Tapaleao, Vaimoana (1 October 2009). "'All three of them gone' - mother sees children swept away". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 October 2011.

Coordinates: 13°57′18″S 171°57′32″W / 13.955°S 171.959°W / -13.955; -171.959