Affectionately known as the gateway to Samoa, the island of Upolu is home to the Faleolo International Airport and capital city, Apia. Upolu is rich in natural beauty and attractions that extend far beyond the sun-dappled beaches and sparkling lagoons. Offering lush tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls and hiking trails, Upolu's stunning interior exudes a special alluring charm. Upolu is one of the most populous of the Samoan islands with 38,000 of Samoa's 194,000 people living there.
The majority of visitors will get their first taste of Upolu's local culture on the 35km drive from the airport to the town centre. Travelling at a maximum speed of 40km an hour, there are plenty of opportunities to spot traditional villages, intricately decorated churches and rustic market stalls along your journey. A typical taxi ride from Faleolo International Airport to Apia should cost approximately SAT$80.
Upolu is known for its spectacular beaches that offer fantastic surfing conditions all year round. Often compared to Hawaii, Upolu's surf is characterised by powerful swells and hard hitting breaks that are best suited to experienced surfers. Upolu's other attractions include local markets, waterfalls, museums, national parks and cultural villages. The most popular attraction in Upolu is the To Sua Ocean Trench. A strikingly beautiful emerald sinkhole that plummets 20 metres below the surface, the trench offers an amazing place to swim and enjoy the magnificent Samoa scenery.
Getting around Upolu is simple and stress free and there are a number of transport options. Taxi's and busses operate frequently, and the ring road makes the island easy to navigate. Samoan's are extremely friendly people and if the bus is full, rather than standing in the isle, the locals will opt to sit on each other's lap. This offer is also extended to tourists, so don't be offended if someone offers you their lap.
Upolu offers a diverse range of accommodation options ranging from value hotels to 5 star luxury resorts and everything in between. Enjoying enviable beachfront locations surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the famous coastline, the range of Upolu accommodation offers a variety of rooms to suit all travellers. On top of world class accommodation, the hotels and resorts also offer a convenient range of amenities and onsite facilities including swimming pools, spas, bars, restaurants, tour desks, activities programs and more.
Upolu packages are the ideal way to visit the main island of Samoa, making organising your holiday quick, easy and affordable. Saving you both time and money, these Upolu holiday packages offer significant savings and discounted rates by combining all your travel needs into one convenient package. Upolu packages typically include flights, accommodation, transfers, travel insurance, tours, activities, massages and spa services. Speak with a Upolu travel specialist today, to create your ideal holiday package.