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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

Saletoga Sands Resorts
Saletoga Sands Resorts
4 out of 5
Main South Coast Road, Matatufu
The price is NZ$198 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (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
Aga Reef Resort
Aga Reef Resort
4 out of 5
South East Coast Road, Lalomanu
The price is NZ$421 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Lalomanu resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lalomanu Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of To-Sua Ocean Trench and Sopoaga ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"This is a small but lovely resort and feels quite intimate. We stayed in a Waterfront villa for 4 nights, and were upgraded to an Island Villa for our last night. The villas are lovely, are air-conditioned, very comfortable king size beds, and gorgeous full width windows facing the water with balcony/decks. ..."

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2019

Aga Reef Resort
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
Entrance Road, Mulifanua
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$349 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Mulifanua resort is within 20 mi (32 km) of Salelologa Ferry Terminal, Return to Paradise Beach and Salamumu Beach. Faleata Golf Course ...
4/5Very Good! (436 reviews)
"I DON'T LIKE PUT ME IN THE LAST ROOM OF THE HOTEL WHEN HAVE SO MANY ROOMS AVAILABLE I NEED TO COMPLAIN. IF NOT HAVE CLIENTS I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY NOT PUT IN THE GOOD ROOMS. I PAYED A LOT MONEY FOR HAVE GOOD LOCATION TO THE SEE. THE WAITRESS 3 TIMES CHARGED MY FOOD BILLS IN THE INCORRECT ROOMS AND ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
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.
Uili's Farm House
Uili's Farm House
3 out of 5
Vaivase-uta Road, Apia
The price is NZ$115 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Situated in Apia, this villa is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Apia Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and National Parliament. Faleata Golf ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Great place, neat and private. Mrs. Peka was extremely friendly and polite. Thank you"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2019

Uili's Farm House
Your Perfect Getaway
Your Perfect Getaway
Situated in Apia, this chalet is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Baha'i House of Worship and within 6 miles (10 km) of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Papapapaitai Falls. ...
Your Perfect Getaway
Ifiele'ele Plantation
Ifiele'ele Plantation
3.5 out of 5
Satui Road, Lepale, Fasito'o Uta
Situated in Fasito'o Uta, this aparthotel is within 16 miles (25 km) of Giant Clam Sanctuary, Faleata Golf Course and Return to Paradise Beach. National Parliament ...
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Hidden Gem With Major Value!
"I’m a seasoned visitor to Samoa - seen the good, bad and blah of hotels and accommodations between her two main islands... and I LOVED Ifiele’ele! The accommodations are located a ways inland down a pretty rough road (you won’t want to walk there) but the property is stunning. The hosts were generous ..."

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Ifiele'ele Plantation
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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