SAMOA aims to expose its athletes to international competition when they compete at the National Games for Special and Inclusive Athletes in Suva this week.
The contingent of 12 athletes and four officials arrived into the country yesterday.
Team coach Petaia I'amafana said it was the first overseas trip for his athletes.
"We just completed our Special Olympics Games a few months ago and then we have brought these athletes to Fiji for international exposure," he said.
"We are trying to give these athletes international exposure because we are preparing a team to compete at the Special Olympics in Australia at the end of the year."
He said they were also looking forward to making new friends during their stay in Fiji.
"We also want our athletes to experience what it is like to compete in Fiji with the Fijian athletes. We want to make friends here and to build bridges with our Fijian counterparts."
Fiji Paralympic Committee president Fred Fatiaki said the last time they had other countries participate in Fiji was in 2008. "That year, we had Samoa, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands teams competing here," he said.
The tournament will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.