The island og Upolu is the second largest island in Samoa. The island is home to a number of natural tourist attractions as well as small villages including Solosolo, Siumu, Lotofaga, Satapuala, Alafua and Lalomanu.

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Image Source: Flickr - Jorge P. Price. The beach at Solosolo
The beach at Solosolo
Jorge P. Price

Solosolo is a village on the northeast coast of Upolu Island in Samoa. The villagers live on a small peninsula jutting out into the sea and bounded by Vainamo bay in the west and Mulivai river to the east. Settlement has grown well into the plantation hinterland in the hills above Vainamo and reaches at least 200m inland. The upland and lowland portions of the village are separated by the main east coast road connecting Solosolo to Apia, the country's capital, (30 minutes west) and eastern Upolu.

The main malae (village commons) of Solosolo is on the peninsula. This is where the major ceremonies and sporting events take place, and like any Samoan village is the centre of the settlement. The malae is bordered to the west by a Congregational Christian Church and to the east by a Catholic church. These were the two churches built in the village. In recent times, the village has acquired other Christian denominations including Methodist, Nazarene, Assembly of God, and Latter Day Saints. The local primary school sits on the upland part of Solosolo and can be accessed by an inland sealed road.

Given its susceptibility to past cyclones and the mountainous terrain of the area, Solosolo's infrastructure is particularly sensitive to natural disaster. The government constructed a seawall in 2006 to ring the Vainamo bay to protect the main east coast road and the bridge over the Namo river to the west of the bay, from wave damage during cyclones. The bay is still renowned for surfing and is popular with visitors and local surfers, although the reef breaks are not for the inexperienced. There's a right break by a small rocky outcrop nicknamed 'Plum Pudding Rock.'


Siumu is a village on the central south coast of Upolu island in Samoa. Siumu Village is located in Samoa – roughly 13 mi (or 20 km) South of Apia, the Samoan capital. Vaie'e, Sauago, Sale'a'aumua, Falefa, Apia and Amaile are locations relatively near and could be worth to discover when around.

The main hotel here is the Hotel Coconuts Beach – located in Samoa, on the main island of Upolu (where Apia and the International Airport are located). The resort is located in a magnificent secluded spot, 45 minutes drive south from Apia and 1.5 hours from the airport. Coco Suites have a full-size bedroom and a full-size sitting room. Each room has its own en suite, open air bathroom, featuring a individual covered terrace area.

The hotel is furnished with teak and bamboo furniture and local materials creating a Polynesian atmosphere. Mika's Restaurant is open-air South Seas style with a thatched roof. The Restaurant has a good reputation with locals who come from the other side of the island to dine here. Built in traditional Samoan style, using local materials, it is surrounded by tropical gardens. It blends into the landscape. It has a small lobby with a shop.


Lotofaga is a village on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa. Lotofaga is also the name of the larger Lotofaga Electoral Constituency (Faipule District) which includes Lotofaga village and two other villages, Vavau and Matatufu.

During the 1960s, archaeologists investigating the early settlement of the Pacific Islands uncovered a prehistoric settlement inland from Lotofaga in an area marked Tafagamanu Sand. The date obtained from the cultural deposit was 735 plus or minus 85 years BP. Tafagamanu Sand is a geological name given to beach and beach ridge deposits of carbonate sand occurring up to 2 meters or more above sea level.

To Sua Ocean Trench is one of the ideallic sites that is located in Lotofaga village. Few sites are situated in the same area, including blowholes, and an incredible small beach on the western side. To Sua is otherwise translated as 'big hole' that is converted into a large swimming area. A ladder is installed on site for visitors access to and fro into this 30 meters deep seawaters. This site is surrounded with beautiful colorful gardens. The site is for swimming and nature photography. There is a fee upon entrance.


Satapuala is a village situated on the north west coast Upolu island in Samoa. Satapuala is 40 minutes west from the country's capital Apia. The village was relocated in 1942 to build the Faleolo International Airport. Like other land in Samoa, customary land in Satapuala was also alienated during colonialism.

Customary land has since come under the government. Part of the former customary village land is where the new Aggie Grey's Lagoon Resort has been built with a golf course beside the airport. Other Satapuala land includes a large coconut plantation opposite the airport which the government had planned to sell as small freehold lots and to build businesses and resorts.

Like most villages in Samoa, the geographic boundary of Satapuala covers an area from the coastline and inland. The village is separated into two sections. Satapuala-I-Tai (tai means coastal) is the end of the village nearest to the lagoon shoreline. Satapuala-I-Uta (uta means inland) is the end where most of the village people live, and also the place where the village road ends. The village of Satapuala is famous for having the historic Lapita Site.

The main Upolu Highway is accessible from the main village junction, or also known as the Magafa. There are a few schools in Satapuala, including district college Satapuala College. There is a large coconut plantation, where coconuts are used to make Samoan Brand Coconut Cream which is sold worldwide. The traditional 'Sa', evening prayers, takes place each day throughout the village and lasts for about 30 minutes. The 'Sa' is a Prayer Curfew, played throughout most of Samoa. The village is vibrant in colour and culture. Horses used for plantation work are sometimes kept in the village tied amongst the breadfruit and coconut trees. This village is abundant in crops and flowers although the thorny weed vao fefe. Television and radio broadcast reception is reasonable in the village. A few pay phones are found around Satapuala's Main Village Shops, but the majority of pay phones are found at the airport, where there is internet access. Mobile Phones are widely used and through local companies Digicel and Go Mobile. Churches in the village are Catholic Church of 'Sagato Atonio' and the LDS Church, which is located across the narrow village road from the Catholic Church.


Alafua is a village in Samoa. It is approximately two miles from the country's capital, Apia. It is home to The University of the South Pacific at Alafua, the agricultural sector of the USP. It is also home to a popular tourist attraction, the Sliding Rocks, where visitors can slide on several small, smooth rocks.

Papaseea Sliding Rock is located at Seesee in Faleata District. The sliding rocks is divided into two, one for kids and one for adults. This splendid site is widely being used by visitors and guests for swimming and sliding.

There is one 5 meter slide and three smaller ones at the base of the steps for sliding and swimming. One of the most affordable sites in Samoa, Papase'ea is ideal for cooling off on a hot day. Alcohol is prohibited on site.

Visitors are advised about their belongings and valuables to be locked in their vehicles or be left with the Women's Committee who will be on duty before heading down the pool. Toilets and change room facilities are available at the parking area.


Image Source: Flickr - Neil Liddle. Lalomanu Beach
Lalomanu Beach
Neil Liddle

Lalomanu is a village on the east coast of Upolu island in Samoa. The village is part of the electoral constituency Aleipata Itupa i Luga which is within the larger political district of Atua. The white sandy seaside is called Lalomanu Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Samoa with beach fale accommodation run by locals, including Litia Sini Beach Resort and Taufua Beach Fales, for tourists and visitors.

The beach has rich coral lagoons and one of the best views in Samoa. From the beach one can view the uninhabited Nu'utele Island, off the coast from the village. There are activities like snorkeling and sea kayaks available in the area. A beautiful church of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa is located in the center of the village. The intricate patterns of the previous sanctuary's ceiling was kept intact with supporting mounts while the new sanctuary was built around it, then it was lowered in place.

Lalomanu is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from the Apia, the country's capital.

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