Get Inspired / Samoa Things to see & do in Upolu, Samoa Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Samoa Things to see & do in Upolu, Samoa story by: Inspire Samoa Upolu is Samoa’s second largest island and home to its colourful capital, Apia. This city oozes a colonial charm reminiscent of the writings of Somerset Maugham. Take a stroll through the city’s bustling Maketi Fou market. Enjoy a refreshing drink of coconut milk, or stock up on tropical fruit. If you’re looking for handicrafts to take home, head for the flea market. Upolu has scores of dazzling white beaches, making it easy to find your own secluded cove. But take time, too, to venture inland to enjoy the verdant rainforest that echoes to the sound of tropical birds and is threaded by rivers and spectacular cascading waterfalls. To make the most of the magnificent natural attractions Upolu has to offer, hire a car – it’s a fun and easy way to get around the island. Our favourite things to see & do • APIA MARKETS – No shopping experience in Samoa is complete without visiting the Flea market on Apia’s waterfront. Here there are heaps of small stalls selling fresh produce and island crafts. Nearby is the fish market, where a scramble takes place every Sunday to snag the freshest catches. Both markets are great places to mix and mingle with the locals. • PALOLO DEEP MARINE RESERVE – An excellent snorkelling, diving and swimming spot just a 5 minute stroll from downtown Apia. There’s a stretch of shallow reef full of coloured coral and many species of tropical fish. Best visited at high tide, there are changing rooms here and snorkel & mask hire available. • PAPASEE’A SLIDING ROCKS– Here you’ll enjoy skimming down the waterfall into a refreshing rock pool. Competition for a seat at the top of the main 5 metre slide can be fierce but there are 3 smaller slides to enjoy. If you’re visiting during the dry season, check the water level for safety first! • ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON MUSEUM – Set in the Scottish author’s beautifully restored former residence, Villa Vailima which features many of his belongings, musical instruments and family photos, this is a must for any visitor to Samoa. If you’ve got the energy, take the 30- 45 minute walk to his tomb at the top of Mount Vaea. • EAST COAST – For an amazing stretch of white sand beach you’ll be hard pushed to see any better beach than Lalomanu. It’s a perfect place to swim and relax. Then when you’ve worked up an appetite head to Taufua Beach Fales, literally on the beach, for a hearty lunch and to get to know the locals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Insiders Guide to Savai'i, Samoa Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 6 unique island food experiences Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.