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10 Adults-Only Activities on Upolu
10 Adults-Only Activities on Upolu

10 Adults-Only Activities on Upolu


Upolu Tours and Activities for Adults

Many choose the far-flung South Pacific island of Upolu for its blissfulness and that feeling of having its pristine beaches to yourself. But families enjoy Upolu too, which isn’t ideal if you’ve come on a romantic getaway or perhaps a “treat yourself” vacation away from your own kids. That’s where these adults-only activities on Upolu come in; 10 different ways to experience this gorgeous island of Samoa undisturbed.

Before we dive into the recommendations, be sure to bookmark The Adults-Only Travel Guide to Upolu for more trip-planning tips.

1. Indulge in a Soothing Island Massage

If you need to get away from it all and indulge in some “me” time, then book yourself into one of Upolu’s serene spas. From the selection of locally-run spas in Apia, such as J Spa, Touch of Samoa and Misiluki Spa to Upolu’s glorious resort spas at Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa and Taumeasina Island Resort, you are never too far away from finding your zen in a kids-free zone.

Location: All over Upolu! Check out the 10 Best Spas in Samoa for specific locations.

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2. Hit Upolu’s Uncrowded Waves on a Surf Tour

Pumping reef breaks are hardly swarming with kids (or anyone, for that matter), so swap a day of sightseeing at the more crowded attractions like the To Sua Trench for an afternoon out on the reef. Join one of the independent surf tours, like Manoa Tours, or stay at one of Upolu’s surf camps, like Vaiula Beach Fales and Sina PJ Fales where local guides can organise Upolu’s customary surf fees, as well as transport you to the best waves for the conditions.

Location: All over Upolu! Check out the 10 Best Surf Operators and Guides in Samoa for more guidance.

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3. Reel in Pacific Pelagics on a Samoan Fishing Charter

Nothing compares to the thrills of reeling in the South Pacific’s monstrous pelagics, such as yellowfin tuna, sailfish, giant trevally, mahimahi and marlin. Fishing is a way of life here on the islands, so there’s no lack of experienced fisherfolk who can show you the lines. Troppo Fishing Adventures is your go-to charter in Apia, while resorts like Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa and Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa have their own fishing operations.

Location: All over Upolu! Check out the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Samoa for recommendations and their locations.

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4. Have a Swing at One of Upolu’s Golf Courses

If you’re looking for a destination that naturally isn’t swarming with families, then you’re bound to find sanctuary at one of Upolu’s golf courses. Apia itself has two park courses with plenty of challenges winding through the coconut palms, while Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa has its own premed 9-hole golf course. Find the most suitable course for you in The Complete Guide to Golf in Samoa.

Location: All over Upolu! See the link above for Upolu’s golf courses and their locations.

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5. Go Off-Roading Across Upolu’s Plantations on an ATV Tour

Although not strictly adults only, riders for this scenic ATV tour need to have a driving license. With that in mind, Wolfpac ATV Tours primarily attracts adult groups to this soft adventure activity. Jump on an ATV quad bike and discover a part of Upolu that very few visitors get to experience; the lush inland plantations and picturesque bushlands. No experience is needed, as you’ll get instruction and time to practice before setting off along the roads and dirt tracks of Upolu’s backcountry. For more adrenaline-fuelled activities, check out the 10 Best Adventure Tours in Samoa.

Location: Take the inland road signposted with the Wolfpac sign along Main West Coast Road in Leauva’a village. Wolfpac ATV Tours is approximately 200m (219 yards) down this road.

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6. Explore the Sights on a Self-Drive or Private Guided Tour

You don’t have to worry about large tour buses on Upolu. You can see the island’s breathtaking sights, including waterfalls, glorious beaches and swimming holes, either on a private guided tour or on your own. For private tours, contact operators like Rainforest Runaway Ecotours and Tour Samoa. Otherwise, check out some of The Best Samoa Itineraries for 5 Days and 3 Days or A Self-Guided Day Trip Around Upolu: One Day Itinerary for self-drive itineraries around Upolu.

Location: Tour operators provide pick-ups. Learn about hiring a car for a self-drive tour in the 10 Best Car Rentals on Upolu.

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7. Treat That Special Someone to a Private Dining Experience

Forget crowded restaurants. If you seek that “adults-only” experience for a more romantic vibe, then treat yourself and your loved one to one of Upolu’s private dining experiences. Indulge in a three-course dinner with bubbles either on your room’s balcony or by the beach at Taumeasina Island Resort, choose a private decorated setting at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa or have a candlelit dinner with personal waiting service on the deck of your luxury villa at Seabreeze Resort. For more couple-centric ideas, check out the 10 Most Romantic Things to Do on Upolu.

Location: Taumeasina – Taumeasina Road, off Main East Coast Road, Apia. Sinalei Reef – Signposted off Main South Coast Road between Mulivai and Si’umu. Seabreeze – Signposted along Main South Coast Road, Aufaga.

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8. Discover Apia’s Vibrant Nightlife

Whether your vibe is kicking back with sundowner cocktails or dancing into the wee hours, Apia has the bars and nightclubs for an unforgettable night out. The Apia Marina is where much of the party is if you want to mingle with locals and expats. You can even make a stop at Samoa’s only casino on your way back into town – exclusively for foreign passport holders. Plan your night using The Guide to Upolu Nightlife + 5 Things to Do on Upolu at Night.

Location: Apia – See the 10 Best Bars in Apia for recommendations and locations.

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9. Stay at an Adults-Only Resort

For true tranquillity and just the right setting for a relaxing or romantic escape on Upolu, you can’t go wrong with staying in an adults-only resort. Exclusively for 18 years and over, Seabreeze Resort offers unmatched luxury in Samoa with a day spa, an infinity pool with a bar and a wealth of activities, from clear-bottom kayaking to cultural evenings. The on-site restaurant reaching across the quiet bay might be open to the public but it has a curfew for kids to leave by 5pm. Discover more about the resort in The Best Adults-Only Resorts in Samoa.

Location: Signposted along Main South Coast Road, Aufaga.

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10. [UPDATE] Take the Plunge on a Scuba Diving Excursion

[Update: Scuba diving is no longer available on Upolu. This page will be updated when an operator becomes available. In the meantime, see The Best Scuba Diving in Samoa for operators on Savai’i.]

Vibrant coral gardens, dramatic canyons, swim throughs and deep pinnacles; there are many exciting adventures to be had in the waters surrounding Upolu and the nearby Manono island. There is so much to unpack when it comes to diving from Upolu, so check out The Best Scuba Diving in Samoa or find out more about learning to dive with Learn to Dive in Samoa: Where to Get Your Scuba Diving Certification.

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More Adults-Only Tours and Activities on Upolu

That’s it for our list of the top adults-only activities on Upolu but it is by no means the end of our Upolu advice! Check out the following guides for more trip-planning tips:

And finally, browse The Complete Adults-Only Travel Guide to Samoa for anything you might have missed.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Samoa. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Upolu and Savai’i’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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