Located on the island of Upolu, within the Samoa archipelago, is the charming village of Fagali’I. While the island of Upolu may be small, hundreds of tourists vacation here every year. With the island being the capital of the Samoan archipelago it contains the international airport along with the Royal Samoa Golf Course.
The airport began as nothing more than a strip of grass up until 2002. Polynesian Airlines bought the airport, had it paved and reopened it in 2009. Today, four of the major airlines in the area operate out of Fagali’I Airport; Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, Talofa Airways and South Pacific Island Airways.
Upon landing at the airport most folks continue on to the more urban village of Apia. The capital city is located about 22 miles (35km) from the airport on a scenic highway. Most would say this is the slowest highway in the world with the speed limit at 25 mph (40km/h).
The drive from the airport takes you through cozy villages, past many large churches, with fruit stalls lining the way. Since the traffic is not heavy, feel free to stop and purchase some of the local produce offered by the natives. Once in Apia you will find some great hotels, restaurants and even a movie theater to pass some time.
While visiting the island you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings to rest and relax and let the stress of your daily life go. But, should you feel in the need of adventure you can find that too. Explore the inner island and hike through a tropical jungle to discover some fascinating caves formed from lava rivers. Or climb the stunning cliffs on the shores and dive into the sparkling water below. No matter what type of traveler you are, Fagali’I offers everything you need for the perfect tropical vacation.