Upolu Island is one of the largest islands of Samoa, and home to the capital city, Apia. Its urban areas aside, the island is stunningly beautiful, glowing with the iridescent emerald and sapphire shades of its lush tropical jungles and its coral seas. Gorgeous beaches line the shoreline, while ethereal swimming holes dot the islands, shimmering with crystal clear blue waters. The seascape also adorned with spectacularly beautiful lagoons housing tropical fish and bright groves of coral. Find your own private paradise amid Upolu’s long stretches of beaches, fern forests, and a warren of offshore craters and caves. Visit a Samoan cultural village for a true taste of local life, and enjoy an adrenaline rush as you race along the natural waterslides of the Papaseea Sliding Rocks and swimming hole. Ethereal beauty awaits you at the To-Sua Ocean Trench, with its fascinatingly beautiful swimming hole and picnic area. Yet another interesting swimming spot lies hidden within the Piula Cave, with its freshwater pool in a scenic seaside setting. You could also spend your days lazing by sea, feasting on the delicious seafood served at the rustic shacks lining the beachfront.
Upolu is Samoa’s most densely populated island, a place of thick forests, lovely beaches, mountains, and a wet tropical climate. Start your exploration in the capital, Apia. Visit the Samoa Cultural Village for an introduction to Samoan culture and traditions, including tattooing, carving, dance, food, and crafts. Next, visit the much-photographed Sua Ocean Trench, a spectacular landmark of two limestone sinkholes with rock walls. The main turquoise tide pool is accessible by a steep but sturdy ladder that leads down to the water, where you can enjoy a dip while you hear the distant sounds of crashing surf. Move on to the Papapapaitai Falls that plunge about 100 meters into a volcanic crater, within the island’s thick rainforests. On the slopes of Mount Vaea above Apia, visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in the grand mansion Vailima, built by the famous author in 1890. A short hike from the mansion leads to his grave, as well as superb views of Apia.
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