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The Gateway to Samoa

Home to the bustling capital city of Apia, the Island of Upolu is your gateway to experience everything Samoa has to offer. Learn more about the nation’s European history at the Robert Louis Stevenson museum and Samoa Cultural Village or enjoy the unbelievably fresh produce and local handicrafts at the markets.

The largest island of Upolu is a haven of natural riches – a tribute to its size and year-round tropical climate. All water activities are well catered for, with excellent surfing, diving and fishing opportunities in the coral-fringed ocean. The island’s interior is a verdant and mystical wonderland, laced with breathtaking waterfalls and rivers.

To fully understand the origins of the Fa’a Samoa, a visit to Mulifanua is a must. Featuring stone work that is more than 3000 years old, it tells the story of the Samoan culture and how they came to be some of the happiest people in Polynesia. For the history buff there are also a number of other archaeological and historical sights and walks nearby.

Cool off after your history lesson by taking a dip in Samoa’s worst kept secret, the To Sua ocean trench. This natural wonder, featuring the azure blue water the region is famous for, is an unmissable Samoan experience.  

While in Apia, make sure to attend a Fia Fia night to learn all about traditional food, dance in hospitality in a uniquely Samoan fashion. The capital of Samoa also boasts a vibrant nightlife and a quality restaurant scene.

Another unmissable Upolu experience is a trip to Manono Island, which is just a 20 minute boat ride away. With ancient relics and preserved natural beauty, along with no vehicles, dogs or tourist accommodation – this small island can be explored in less than two hours but will leave a lasting impression.

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Visit our Samoa holiday packages page to see our current Upolu deals, or check out our tours page for more information about things to see and do in Upolu. If you’d like to book a holiday, please get in touch with the team at Spacifica Travel; as South Pacific holiday specialists, our team have all traveled to and experienced our destinations first-hand, making them a fantastic source of information and advice. Call 1800 800 722. 

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