Upolu’s Most Romantic Experiences
So you’ve chosen Samoa’s main island, Upolu, for a romantic getaway and you might have also chosen your romantic resort (if not, what are you doing? Check out the 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Upolu). Now, you just need to tie it all together in a neat romantic bow with some of Upolu’s most romantic experiences. Whether you’re a couple of adventure-seekers, foodies or prefer to simply recharge, we have listed a variety of experiences that hit all of those sweet spots and more in the most romantic things to do on Upolu for couples.
Before we begin, be sure to open The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Upolu for more vacation-planning wisdom.
1. Spend the Day on an Uninhabited Island
Samoa might be known for its main islands of Upolu and Savai’i, but did you know that there are other tiny uninhabited islands to explore? These provide a truly tranquil and romantic setting for a day out. Take a picnic and perhaps a bottle of bubbles and jump on the water taxi to Namu’a Island (or even stay overnight?), join Le Vasa Resort‘s guided tour to Nu’ulopa Island, or paddle a kayak with Outdoor Samoa to Nu’usafe’e Island. Even if you don’t get the entire island to yourselves, the islands hardly feel crowded and, in fact, just walking around the island will likely reveal a hidden beach all to yourselves. You never know, it could be the perfect place to “pop the question”? Speaking of, see our Samoa Proposal Ideas for more on the subject.
Location: See the links on each island listed above to see the multiple options to get to them. Otherwise, check out the 10 Best Island Day Trips from Upolu.
2. Indulge in a Relaxing Couple’s Massage
Share in a soothing experience with one of Upolu’s heavenly couple’s massages. The spas that are renowned on the island for their couples’ treatments include A Touch of Samoa, Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa and Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, but there are many more to choose from which you can discover in the 10 Best Spas in Samoa.
Location: All over Upolu! See the link above for specific locations.
3. Visit Upolu’s Most Romantic Beaches…
It’s probably likely that you chose a South Pacific getaway to spend some time at the beach and we can’t blame you; there’s something effortlessly romantic about the soft sands and turquoise waters. Lalomanu Beach with its marine reserve is a popular go-to with many day fales to choose from (learn about paying customary fees for beaches using day fales in the 10 Best Beaches on Upolu). If you’re looking for less crowded beaches, however, we highly recommend the hidden gems of Vavau Beach or, even more secluded (4WD access only), Aganoa Beach.
Location: See the link above for the specific locations of Upolu’s beast beaches.
4. … And Breathtaking Swimming Holes
As famous (or perhaps more) than Upolu’s glorious beaches are its paradisical swimming holes. Like something out of a tropical fairy tale, the To Sua Ocean Trench amazes with its verdant vines twining down a coastal sinkhole to a turquoise pool below. There’s also the rejuvenating crystal-clear freshwater of the Piula Cave Pool. And if you wanted some waterfalls in the mix, Togitogiga Waterfall and Sauniatu Waterfall both offer excellent swimming.
Location: See the locations of the attractions mentioned in the 10 Best Swimming Spots in Samoa.
5. Buddy Up on a Scuba Diving Excursion
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 – and you know what divers say: it’s safer to go with a “buddy”. Pure Ocean offers a range of dive trips to get to these untouched pieces of paradise, with morning and afternoon boats, two-tank dives and the Tava’e wreck dive of a 30m (98ft) tug boat. There is so much to unpack when it comes to diving from Upolu, so check out The Best Scuba Diving in Samoa. Alternatively, strengthen the bond by learning how to dive together, which you can find more information about in Learn to Dive in Samoa: Where to Get Your Scuba Diving Certification.
Location: Pure Ocean – Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort, signposted off Main West Coast Road at the western end of Faleolo International Airport.
6. Treat Your Loved One to a Private Dining Experience
To elevate your dining experience, perhaps to celebrate a special occasion, treat each other to 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. See more ideas like this in the 10 Adults-Only Activities 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.
7. Discover Upolu’s Romantic Coastal Walk
Leave the beaches behind and discover another side of Upolu on the serene and secluded Coastal Walk. Protected within the O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park, the one-hour return walk winds its way through lush pandanus forest before emerging on rocky lava cliffs. With the waves crashing below, seabirds occupying the horizon, and a number of coastal sea arches to uncover as you walk, this certainly is a special place to share with your loved one. What’s more, it’s rare to stumble into anyone else at this secluded piece of paradise, making the Coastal Walk an endearing location for that sense of having the place to yourselves. Closed footwear is recommended. For walks to enjoy together, check out the 10 Best Walks & Hikes on Upolu.
Location: Signposted along Main South Coast Road between Sa’agafou and Saleilua. Note that the 3 km (1.9 mi) road to get to the trail car park is a 4WD road but 2WD is usually Ok if taken with care.
8. Wrap Your Arms Around Your Loved One on the Back of an ATV
For couples looking for a bit of adventure, jump on an ATV quad bike and discover a part of Upolu that very few visitors get to experience. Wolfpac ATV Tours offers 2h30mins to 3-hour tours meandering 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 a romantic element, you can share a quad bike! Discover more adrenaline-fuelled activities in 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 200 m (219 yards) down this road.
9. Test Your Teamwork in a Double Kayak
You don’t know whether you’re made for each other until you have proven it by navigating a kayak together! Just about every beach accommodation on Upolu has kayaks for hire, while Outdoor Samoa runs some more adventurous excursions, so have a go and explore the lagoons and surrounding islands! You may also want to take some snorkelling gear to make the most of those outer clusters of coral. Be careful of tidal passages near the reef entrances.
Location: All over Upolu! Get kayaking recommendations from Kakaying in Samoa: Top 10 Places to Kayak.
10. Enjoy a “Beach Glamping” Experience in a Beach Fale
Although the more polished accommodations listed in the 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Upolu are certainly worth staying, there’s something wondrously romantic about sleeping in a beach fale – like beach glamping! With a prime position on the waterfront and the opportunity to try Samoan home-cooked meals from your host, as well as soak in the starry skies and listen to the sound of lapping waves, it’s worth experiencing if only for one night. Check out our recommendations in the 10 Best Beach Fale Accommodations on Upolu.
Location: See the link above for recommendations and their locations.
More Romantic Things to Do on Upolu for Couples
Of course, every couple has different tastes and interests so if there’s anything missing from this list of the most romantic things to do on Upolu for couples, it will probably be in the following articles:
- 50 Best Things to Do on Upolu
- 10 Best Luxury Experiences on Upolu
- 10 Best Foodie Experiences on Upolu
Finally, don’t miss a thing when it comes to planning the perfect getaway by checking out The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Samoa.