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The Adults-Only Travel Guide to Upolu
The Adults-Only Travel Guide to Upolu

The Adults-Only Travel Guide to Upolu

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How to Plan an Adults-Only Holiday to Upolu

Leaving the kids behind or perhaps seeking a getaway that’s not “full of kids”? Despite Upolu being the main island that most people visit in Samoa, it’s no “Fiji” or “Rarotonga”. As long as you avoid Upolu’s most family-focussed resorts, having little ‘uns ruining your island vibes won’t be much of a problem here. That’s why Upolu has only one strictly adults-only resort, which, of course, is the obvious go-to if you want guaranteed serenity. Plus, whatever direction you want your adults-only getaway to take; whether it’s a group getaway with mates or a romantic retreat with that special someone, there are plenty of ways to ensure your vacation is just as you imagined. Start planning yours with this complete adults-only travel guide to Upolu!

10 Adults-Only Tours and Activities on Upolu

Before we dive into this complete adults-only travel guide for Upolu, here is a taste of the sort of experiences a kid-free getaway entails:

  1. Indulge in a soothing island massage with Touch of Samoa, Misiluki Spa or one of the spa resorts
  2. Hit Upolu’s uncrowded waves on a surf tour with Manoa Tours or Vailua Beach Fales
  3. Reel in Pacific pelagics on a Samoan fishing charter with Troppo Fishing Adventures, Sinalei Reef Resort or Saletoga Sands Resort
  4. Take the plunge on a scuba diving excursion with Pure Ocean
  5. Have a swing at one of Upolu’s golf courses
  6. Go off-roading across Upolu’s plantations with Wolfpac ATV Tours
  7. Explore the sights on a private guided tour with Rainforest Runaway Ecotours or Tour Samoa
  8. Treat that special someone to a private dining experience at Taumeasina Island Resort, Sinalei Reef Resort or Seabreeze Resort
  9. Discover Apia‘s vibrant nightlife
  10. Stay at an adults-only resort, such as Seabreeze Resort.

Learn more about all of the above experiences in the 10 Adults-Only Activities on Upolu or simply continue reading…

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How to Get to Upolu

Upolu is Samoa’s eastern island, lying about 3,000 km (1,864 mi) northeast of New Zealand and 3,700 km (2,300 mi) southwest of Hawaii. The island is home to Samoa’s only international airport and receives regular flights from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and Fiji, which are all well-connected to the rest of the world. Find out about airlines travelling to Upolu in our guide, Which Airlines Fly Directly to Samoa?

Alternative ways to get to Upolu include day trips with cruise liners, as well as via private sailing yacht. Find out more about your arrival options in Getting Here: How to Get to Samoa?

How to Get Around Upolu

Upolu is well-connected by a main coastal road around the island, which is approximately 185 km (115 mi), as well as three roads across the island. Car rentals, scooter rentals and bicycle rentals are an option – note that you’ll need a temporary diver’s license. Alternatively, bus services, taxis and guided tours are also readily available.

Find out all you need to know about transport in our Upolu Transport Guide: 10 Ways to Get to (& Around) Upolu.

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Upolu Water Tours for Adults

From shimmering lagoon waters to exciting adventures in the deep blue, Upolu’s warm tropical waters beg to be explored. Here’s how to enjoy without the disturbance of little ‘uns.

Scuba Diving

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. 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 much to unpack when it comes to diving from Upolu, so check out The Best Scuba Diving in Samoa: Top 10 Places to Scuba Dive or find out more about learning to dive in Where to Get Your Scuba Diving Certification.

Surfing

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 Vailua Beach Fales where local guides can organise Upolu’s customary surf fees, as well as transport you to the best waves for the conditions.

Check out the 10 Best Surf Operators and Guides in Samoa for more guidance.

Fishing Charters

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. Check out the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Samoa for more recommendations.

Discover more amazing water experiences ideal for adult groups in the 10 Adults-Only Activities on Upolu or expand your options with the 10 Best Water Activities in Samoa.

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Upolu Land Tours for Adults

For those times that you want to stay high and dry, Upolu has a number of cosmopolitan and rural experiences to treat the senses. Here’s how to enjoy them with mostly an adult crowd.

ATV Tours

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.

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.

Spas and Massages

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. Check out the 10 Best Spas in Samoa for more details.

Again, check out the 10 Adults-Only Activities on Upolu, as well as the 10 Best Activities in Samoa for Adults for much more recommendations across the islands.

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Nightlife and Adults-Only Dining on Upolu

Whether you want to enjoy quiet cocktails with your loved one or party into the early hours with mates, Upolu has you sorted.

Waterfront Restaurant and Bar

Lining a tranquil bay at the Seabreeze Resort, Waterfront Resort and Bar is exclusively adults-only after 5pm. Offering a range of a la carte cuisine on impeccably presented plates, Waterfront is a must-do for comfort food turned fine dining. They also boast an extensive list of liqueurs, spirits, imported beer and New Zealand and Australian wine.

Private Dining

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.

Apia Nightlife

Kick back with sundowner cocktails and even continue dancing into the wee hours with Apia‘s bars and nightclubs. 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 and 10 Best Bars in Apia.

For more dining recommendations, not specifically for adult-only groups, check out The Food Guide to Upolu: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

More About Adults-Only Vacations to Upolu and Samoa

That’s it for our complete adults-only travel guide to Upolu but by no means the end of our advice. Just take a look:

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

Author

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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