Although Savaii is the biggest brother of the islands, it is Upolu which has been favoured with magic. The island is literally a treasure trove of activities and ‘wow’ spots. For starters, Upolu has one of the most beautiful beaches in the South Pacific. Swaying palm trees, the entire island ringed with white sand, water so clear you imagine you’re floating in vacuum – it’s heaven on earth!
Historical records indicate that the first Samoan village was established on the island of Upolu around 1,000 BC – leading to the genesis of Fa’a Samoa culture. That is one of the reasons why Samoa and Upolu especially is known as the ‘cradle of Polynesia’. Interestingly, it is said that the island got its name from the first woman to be born on the island – Upolu! Over the centuries, travellers, explorers and missionaries have seen Samoa convert to Christianity with a fervour – over 98% of the population is religious and Sunday means no work.
Surrounded by emerald-green waters of the Pacific, Upolu offers travellers a treasure chest worth of beaches, waterfalls, jungles, culture and the ever-charming Fa’a Samoa. Do check the To Sua Ocean Trench while hiking through its jungle trails!