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In Hawaii, Upolu Point is the northern cape of the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

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Map of Samoa
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 13°55′S 171°45′W / 13.917°S 171.75°W / -13.917; -171.75
Area 1,125 square kilometres (434 sq mi)
Length 75 kilometres (47 mi)
Largest city Apia (pop. 58,800)
Population 134,400 (as of 2001)
Density 119.47 /km2 (309.4 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups 92.6% Samoans, 7% Euronesians (persons of European and Polynesian blood), 0.4% Europeans

Upolu is an island in Samoa, formed by a massive basaltic shield volcano which rises from the seafloor of the western Pacific Ocean. The island is 75 kilometres (47 mi) long, 1,125 km2 (434 sq mi) in area, and is the second largest in geographic area as well as the most populated of the Samoan islands. Upolu is situated to the east of the "big island", Savai'i. The capital Apia is in the middle of the north coast with Faleolo International Airport at the western end of the island. The island has not had any historically recorded eruptions, although three lava flows date back only a few hundred to a few thousand years.

In Polynesian mythology (specifically Samoan), Upolu is the first woman on the island of the same name. In the late 18th and early 19th century, the island was sometimes called Ojalava or Ojolava.

In the late 19th century Robert Louis Stevenson owned a four-hundred acre (1.6 km²) estate at Vailima and died there in 1894. The Vailima estate was purchased in 1900 as official residence for the German governor and, after British/Dominion confiscation, served successively as residence for the New Zealand administrator and for the Samoan head of state after independence.

An extremely small species of spider lives on Upolu. According to the Guinness Book of World Records 2005, the spider is the size of a period on a page from that book.

The island was the filming location for Survivor: Samoa, the nineteenth season of the CBS competitive reality television series Survivor.[1]

2009 Samoa Tsunami

The island of Upolu was affected by a tsunami following a 2009 Samoa earthquake of an 8.0 Mw earthquake in the Samoan Islands region at 06:48:11 local time on 29 September 2009 (17:48:11 UTC).[2] The worst hit area was on the east and south coast of the island with fatalities and extensive damage.[3]

See also


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Coordinates: 13°55′S 171°45′W / 13.917°S 171.75°W / -13.917; -171.75


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Oceania : Samoa : Upolu

Upolu is one of Samoa's major islands.


Many Samoans subscribe to Christianity , although a small amount of Samoans are now following the Baha'i faith which has a temple in Tipapata, in the heart of Upolu Island.


Apia is the heart of Upolu. A modernised city, with history backing up this city with a population over 30,000.

Other destinations

You must visit Lalomanu (Aliepata) which has beautiful beaches and sights of small idylic islands in its path. Nearby is a beautiful waterfall named, Tiave'a.


Be respectful whilst traveling around the villages and the quiet outskirts of Upolu.


The Samoan language is widely used, but these days many Samoan residents can speak basic English.

Get in

By ship, or by plane at Faleolo International Airport.

Get around

Old Traditional buses are a must do. They are quite cheap, but can be uncomfortable. You can also hire cars from Apia for less then 50 Tala a day.


Great surfing off the coast near the Salani Resort and also visit Vailima village, with their beautiful cascading falls. Lake Lanoto, which is known to be a lake, which has no lake floor and it also holds beautiful, rare and massive gold fish.


Umu is a must have. Traditional food can be purchased from Apia. You can also visit the only fast food outlet in Samoa, McDonalds, which is located on Centre Road Apia.


It is recommended that you drink Vailima in abundance and bottled water, for your safety.

Stay safe

Do not travel alone at night, and stay with people you know and trust. Dogs are a safety problem in Samoa. While many are kept as pets, they are far from domesticated and will likely attack you. This is a serious issue when travelling in Samoa and should be considered when arranging transportation.

Get out

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