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Things to see & do in Upolu, Samoa

Upolu Samoa
Upolu Samoa
Upolu Samoa
Upolu 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.

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