Fagali airport is a small airport that resides in the island of Upolu. The airport is owned and operated by the Polynesian Airlines. It was once a grass only airstrip, but as of July 2002 it has been paved. In 2005 the airport was de-commissioned, due to Government and village concerns. The concerns were attributed to safety and noise. In 2009, Polynesian Airlines reopened Fagali airport and service resumed. The service included local and international flights to Pago Pago, American Samoa. Although service reopened in 2009, the proposal to reopen didn’t come without controversy. As in the past, the criticism was related to safety and environment issues within the airports configuration. Also, the potential burden on local communities should the plan fail. The two main airlines that have operated from Fagali airport include Polynesian Airlines and Samoa Air. Related Links
The Royal Samoa Golf Course is a 9-hole course that’s adjacent to Fagali airport. It’s a couple of miles east to the airport. The nine holes were originally routed through a coconut plantation. It had narrow fairways that were through stands of towering palm trees. On the outward half of the course is where the signature-hole is found. The hole is a blind par three on the 6th, which is nested in a green gully.
The small island has a population of 1,571. It’s very accommodating for excursionist who are looking to get away from the big city. The island is known for its deep-sea fishing, epic surfing waves, and their scuba diving into some of the most beautiful sealife of the world. If you’re into hiking, take advantage of the majestic waterfalls which are set deep into the wilderness. While on the island be sure to stroll the village and search for their best native cuisine.