Savaii & Upolo Islands of Samoa

The two main islands in Samoa in the South Pacific are Savaii Island and Upolo Island. Both islands are filled with the best nature has to offer, warm Samoan weather, as well as the friendly Samoan people.

Upolo is the commercial heart of Samoa and is home to the capital and main trading port, Apia. All visitors on flights to Samoa land at Faleolo International Airport, about one hour’s drive from Apia. Most people who travel to Samoa for tourism, travel to Apia by taxi or bus and then visit local providers to organise car rental in Samoa.

Upolo has a number of natural attractions, including the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum where the famous author spent the last few years of his life; Lalomanu Crater – an extinct volcanic crater and Le Pupu-Pue National Park, which includes Mt Fito and Mt Lepu-e.

Palolo Deep Marine Reserve offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in Samoa, while some of the famous Samoa surf offshore coral reef breaks can be found in the southern part of Upolo.

Savaii is the larger island, on a map of Samoa, and can be reached by ferry from Upolo, or a short plane flight. Savaii has a rugged volcanic mountainous interior with many craters, gorges, blow holes, lava tubes and waterfalls to explore.

There are a range of options for accommodation in Samoa. Resorts overlooking beaches or in the centre of Apia are popular with many families and tourists, with beach-front Fales, or open-sided huts, popular with adventure travellers and backpackers.