Going through Fagali’I Airport is a popular way to visit the capital of Samoa, Apia, which is located on Upolu Island. Polynesian Airline of Samoa has about 12 daily flights. Each of these flights departs to Pago Pago. Just one of the flights is in the morning while the rest take off between 12:05 to 6:25. This airline also owns Fagali’I Airport and has its headquarters just down the road.
The Fagali’I Airport is centrally located to most of the hotels, restaurants, and tourist activities on Upolu. Due to this fact almost all of the hotels are just a short taxi drive away from the Fagali’I Airport. There is a wide variety of prices to pay a hotel per night. According to Expedia, the two least expensive hotels are the Samoa Sport Lodge and Lynn’s Getaway Accommodation, $37 and $39 a night respectively. Mid-tier hotels cost anywhere from $50 to $70 per night while the higher end hotels, such as the Taumeasina Island Resort, costs $194 a night.
Lonely Planet has put together a list of the top things to do on the island of Upolu. They say that the top market to visit, located just down the road from Fagali’I Airport, is called Maketi Fou. They say this market is packed all day with merchants, loiterers, and shoppers. They say one must-see at this market is men playing a version of checkers called mu. Apparently it involves slamming down the pieces according to cheapflights.com. This market mostly sells produce but many other things can also be found such as woodcarvings, sarongs called lava-lava, and jewelry made of coconut-shells.
Another place they say is a must-see before you leave this island via Fagali’I Airport is an art gallery called Vanya Taule’alo Gallery. This is a small gallery but it has fantastic art created by Samoan artists as well as people from other Pacific islands. Everything at this studio is for sale. They say that it is adjacent to a great restaurant called Legends Cafe which should also be visited by tourists for its authentic Polynesian food.
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