The Fagali Airport will give visitors instant access to Apia, a small town in northeastern Upolu Island, Samoa. This airport came into fruition in 1959 as a US Air Force Base during World War II. At the time, the single airstrip was made of grass, but around 2005 was officially paved with asphalt. This airport de-commissioned in January 2005 because many villagers had concerns about environmental pollution, safety, and loud noises as the planes descended on the island. However, the airport re-opened in July 2009 after renovation efforts went underway. Now it is going stronger than ever before.
The Fagali Airport has a customs booth for getting your passport stamped (the agency follows the American Samoa rules), a washroom, cabs outside, and a money exchange Western Union nearby. Some popular hotels in the area are the Samoan Outrigger Hotel starting at just $59 a night and the Hotel Millennia at about $70 a night. The Fagali Airport’s high-end resorts, such as a Taumeasina Island Resort, have rooms for about 234 dollars a night.
Getting away to Upolu Island is the best option because it is bustling with tourist attractions. It is a nature lover’s paradise filled with local rainforests to trek and pristine white sandy beaches at the helm of beautiful crystal clear waters teeming with aquatic life. Scuba divers and snorkelers will have fun exploring the reserves. Moreover, there is a Fiafia fireplay performance display nearby every Friday, yoga retreats, and the Samoan Cultural Village to get a taste of the traditional local culture with dancing, singing, and handcrafts making.
To get to this island, the Fagali Airport is the best option. Some of the airlines bringing passengers in and out of Fagali daily are Talofa Airways and Samoa Airways, both have twin-engine aircrafts that can fit up to nine people. Each passenger is allowed a 44lbs check-in bag and a 12lbs carry-on. The flights are to Pago Pago and Tongatapu.
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