Posted by on 08 Apr 2021 , in Islands
Cloaked in a pristine rainforest teeming with birdlife, Savai’i is often referred to as the “real Samoa” where locals enjoy a laid-back, traditional way of life. Its size and lack of population make Savai’i the ideal place to get away from it all, immerse yourself in true Polynesian culture and explore incredible landscapes.
Savai’i is 80 kilometres (50 miles) long and 40km (25 miles) wide, with the dormant volcano Mt Silisili its highest peak at 1,858 metres (6,095 feet). The island’s main town and arrival point for ferries from Upolu is Salelologa in the southeast, accessible by the main road that encircles the island.
Savai’i’s attractions include high waterfalls, caves and blowholes, and particularly the dramatic Saleaula lave fields and huge lava tubes that formed when Mt Matavanu erupted in the early 20th Century. Savai’i also has plenty of pristine beaches, great snorkelling, kayaking and diving, and a wide range of accommodation options along with some of the best food in Samoa.
Upolu, home to three-quarters of Samoa's population, is known for its lush forests and waterfalls, peaceful beaches, and great fishing, surfing and snorkelling. At its peak, Upolu is 1,113metres, creating a dramatic difference between its coastal and mountain regions. Visitors to Samoa arrive at Upolu’s Faleolo International Airport in the north-west and can choose to stay on Upolu or head to an outlying island.
Upolu’s largest town and Samoa’s capital city, Apia, offers bustling local markets selling crafts, fish and tropical fruits, a selection of shops and accommodation, cultural experiences including museums, and a stunning range of cuisine options from contemporary cafes to fine dining restaurants. The island's south coast is home to some of Samoa's most beautiful beaches, including Lalomanu- regularly voted as one of the world's top beaches. Upolu’s coastline is dotted with accommodation options, from traditional waterfront fales to luxury resorts. Visitors have much to explore with the many sites and attractions on Upolu.