Once you have deplaned at Fagali’i Airport in Samoa there are a lot of things to see and do here as a tourist. There are many hiking trails for those who want to spend time exploring nature. There are also museums, places to shop for unique items, great restaurants, and Polynesian cultural things to do. Visiting Samoa can be an enriching experience for tourists who want to experience something unique.
Landing at Fagali’i Airport can be a fun thing for those who have never flown in a smaller plane before. The planes that land her are DHC-6 Twin Otter flown by Samoa Airways, the government-owned airline. These planes sit just 19 people and there are two pilots on board. These planes were featured on some episodes of Survivor when that show was taped in Samoa.
One of the historic sites in Samoa is the 1962 Independence Memorial, marking the day Samoa left behind its colonial past. There are also a number of American, British, and German memorials, the locations for which can be obtained from the Samoa Visitors Bureau. There are also tombs of historic Samoan leaders, such as the mausoleum of Tupua Tamasese. The most impressive one is the one for the Tu’imaleali’ifano dynasty which features seven tiers of tombs.
Another historical site is the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. This museum was recently restored and includes many of this famous author’s belongings as well, such as travel mementos, as some of his library. There are also a few botanical gardens here. About a half-hour walks away people can visit his tomb at the top of Mount Vaea. This spot has excellent views of Apia, where Fagali’i Airport is located, and the surrounding tropical forest. This museum subsists on donations and is open M-F 9 am to 4 pm as well as on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm.