Upolu

Travel Guide
Upolu featuring a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Visit Samoa’s most important island to discover pristine beaches, lush rainforest and a relaxed pace of life in its small capital city.

Upolu will most likely be your first port of call when you visit the pristine archipelago of Samoa. The island contains the country’s major international airport and its capital, Apia. Shop for traditional goods and sample delicious local food or slip off your sandals and walk across the white sands of one of Upolu’s picture-perfect beaches. Enjoy diving, surfing or fishing and then lie back in the warm, clear waters of an ocean lagoon to relax. Hike through dense rainforest, stopping along the way to admire a waterfall or to swim in a freshwater pool.

Upolu is Samoa’s second-largest island, but is the most populated of the 10 islands and islets. In the capital Apia, visit the food market for tasty local treats and the flea market for traditional souvenirs. In this still quite traditional city you’ll find the majority of the island’s restaurants, banks, shops and other visitor facilities.

Hire a car or a taxi and take the winding coast road that leads from Apia to the many stunning beaches that the island offers. Lalomanu, one of the busier stretches of shoreline, has white sands and warm water that is safe for swimming. Go for a swim or relax with a book or picnic lunch under the palm trees. Watersports enthusiasts can surf, snorkel and scuba dive around the outer reefs by arranging a boat excursion from Apia. Many beaches also have coral closer to shore at high tide These beaches include the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve just outside Apia.

Head inland and explore the hiking trails in places like Lake Lanoto’o National Park, which has a rare swamp forest as its ecosystem. Nearby, O Le Pupu-Pue National Park is where you’ll find Upolu’s highest mountain, the 1,100-metre (3,600-foot) Mount Fito. Many of the tracks pass waterfalls and one of the most spectacular ones is Papapapaitai Falls.

Upolu is served by regular international flights, and has ferry and air services to all of Samoa’s other islands.

Where to stay in Upolu

Le Vasa Resort
Le Vasa Resort
3.5 out of 5
Cape Fatuosofia Road, Cape Fatuosofia
The price is NZ$181 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
This Cape Fatuosofia resort is on the beach, 11.9 mi (19.2 km) from Giant Clam Sanctuary, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Return to Paradise Beach and Salelologa ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (160 reviews)
"The locals both working in the resort and living in the community were extraordinary. The 'Samoan Way' is so friendly and gracious. (If your hotel pickup doesn't arrive, don't hesitate to catch a ride with the local taxis. You can also arranges private tours with them at great prices.)"

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2019

Le Vasa Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
Taumeasina Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Beach Road, Apia
The price is NZ$530 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
This Apia hotel is on the beach, 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Apia Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Faleata Golf Course and National Parliament. Papaseea Sliding Rocks ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (251 reviews)
"Love it"

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2021

Taumeasina Island Resort
Saletoga Sands Resorts
Saletoga Sands Resorts
4 out of 5
Main South Coast Road, Matatufu
The price is NZ$202 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
This Matatufu resort is on the beach, 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from To-Sua Ocean Trench, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lalomanu Beach and Sopoaga Water Falls. Togitogiga ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (328 reviews)
"This property is right on the beach with beautiful turquoise waters. Accommodation was great and plenty of room for a family of four. Food was amazing and a lot of variety, cocktails and happy hour is a must. Staff very friendly and helpful. I would most certainly stay there again. Samoa is ..."

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Saletoga Sands Resorts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Entire House that accomodate 8 people with four rooms and four bathrooms.
Entire House that accomodate 8 people with four rooms and four bathrooms.
The price is NZ$766 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
Situated in Apia, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Apia Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and National Parliament. Faleata ...
Entire House that accomodate 8 people with four rooms and four bathrooms.
Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Faleata Golf Course, Papaseea Sliding Rocks and National Parliament. Apia Park and ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Home Away from Home in Apia Highlands
"We are 2 couples who recently spent 3 nights at the Fale during our 14 day Samoa adventures in August 2018. We loved waking up to the birds and the beautiful tropical vegetation of the Highland Hideaway, sitting out on the covered balcony in the sunshine for breakfast pre dinner drinks and for dinner. ..."

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2018

Spectacular traditional FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
Samoa Rent Apartment House
Samoa Rent Apartment House
3 out of 5
The Cross Island Rd., Apia
Situated in the historical district, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Apia Park. Baha'i House of ...
Samoa Rent Apartment House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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