Many people who want to visit Apia, the capital city of Samoa, choose to fly to Fagali’I Airport. This airport is right outside the city limits while the other airport on the island of Upolu is quite a distance away.
Fagali’I Airport is owned by Polynesian Airlines and this aviation company and Somoa Air are the only two businesses that use it presently. There are several flights each day back and forth to American Samoa. There are also chartered flights taking off from Fagali’I Airport which are used for emergency medical evacuations and for touring purposes.
Fagali’I Airport is a pretty small airport. There aren’t any gates or luggage turnstiles of any kind. Instead, it’s mostly a single large room where luggage is picked up and dropped off in an area designated for that. There is customs but because the planes that land at this airport only carries 18 passengers max it is quick to get admitted entry to this country. Once you leave the building there is a parking lot where you can catch a cab or get onto a hotel shuttle if where you are staying offers this service.
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Once you leave Fagali’I Airport your hotel will very likely be within two miles of it. Bookings.com as a listing of what they consider to be the best hotels in Apia. Among the highest rated hotels are Orator Hotel, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Su Accommodation Apia, and Hotel Millenia Samoa. These are all considered to be relaxing hotels that offer good service, nice outdoor pools, and other activities on premises.
Lonely Planet, meanwhile has rated the restaurants near the Fagali’I Airport. One of their top choices is Palusami which exclusively uses organic and local products and is authentic Samoan cuisine. Other restaurants they love are Edge, Bistro Tatua, and Sips Tapas & Wine Bar.
Most people who go through the Fagali’I Airport are doing so as tourists. There are many things to do on Upolu Island. One must-see is said to be Samoa Cultural Village. It’s open each weekday and gives people a look at traditional and authentic Samoan culture.