For those who are interested in a Polynesian vacation, the choices of what to put on your itinerary can be almost overwhelming. There are without a doubt a lot of great destination in the region vying for your attention, but there is one location that is a lesser known gem you should really consider putting at the top of your to-do list, the island of Upolu.
The smaller of the two largest islands in the Samoan archipelago, Upolu is accessible via the Fagali’I Airport, located at the western end of the island. Falagi’I is a small airport that offers the kind of features and services you would normally expect to find at a major international hub instead of a regional facility.
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The airport was originally little more than a grass landing strip with a basic terminal building, but in the last 20 years has been paved, expanded, re-configured, and had a new full-scale terminal constructed that offers a comfortable and efficient facility for welcoming visitors to Upolu according to tripadvisor.com. Home to five regional airlines and offering international connection service to Pago Pago and American Samoa, Fagali’I is a great example of what an airport can be when it is thoughtfully laid out and properly managed.
The island itself is known for its beautiful beaches and rich cultural activities. This isn’t the tourist trap filled experience that you will get elsewhere in the region. The beaches here are quiet and uncrowded, the hotels are well maintained and economical, and there are an abundance of things to do in and around the village of Fagali and the larger city of Apia, the capital of the island, which is located on the northern coast.
While on Upolu make sure that you visit the Samoan Cultural Village, a living museum showing traditional Samoan life and highlighting its culture dating back over many centuries according to wikipedia.org. You should also check out the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, regarded as the most beautiful church in Samoa. Another must-do item on your list should, of course, be the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, located at his former home in Apai.
No matter if it is for a couple of days or an entire week, you simply cannot make a visit to Samoa without including Upolu on your agenda, and for certain you will never forget your experience going through Fagali’I Airport, the best regional airport you will ever have the pleasure of visiting anywhere in the world.