What Samoa Offers To Its Visitors

While Fagali Airport is a small place it has a long history behind it. This airport was built decades ago and, for most of its history, all it had was a grass landing strip. This changed in the 2000s and today it is a paved airstrip which can accommodate smaller planes such as DHC-6 Twin Otter which seat 19 people. For decades Fagali Airport has been used by the government-run airline company, now called Samoa Airlines. Other airlines have used it over the years as well.

Fagali is one of the gateways to Samoa. It sits very close to Apia which is the capital of Samoa. It is tourists which mostly visit Samoa, most often from South America, New Zealand, and Australia. The rest of the travelers are primarily people who live on nearby islands and want to visit friends and family in Samoa. These people are from American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Niue. Read about the things to do in Fagali at Wings Journal.

The two main islands that make up Samoa are Upolu, where Fagali Airport lies, and Savai’i. There are also a number of smaller islands with some that are inhabited and some that aren’t or are wildlife sanctuaries. The two main islands are split by the Apolima Strait. On Upolu Island, there are protected areas such as the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, O Le Pupu-Pue National Park, Uafoto Conservation Area, and Sa’anapu Conservation Area. Visit Estadao.com to know more about Fagali.

One of the most fun things to do in Samoa is to join one of the Rainforest Runaway Ecotours. This tour will take you off the beaten path that most tourists follow. There are many secluded beaches that tourists can enjoy on these types of tours that feature beautiful beaches one way and lush tropical forests the other way. Anyone that wants to explore the forest and beaches of Samoa would be well served by joining one of these tours.

Another popular choice for visitors is The Deck Restaurant. This is a restaurant with a large outdoor seating area and incredible local food. The staff is very friendly and the overall vibe is very relaxing. It is one of the top spots in Samoa for those who want a taste of what Samoa has to offer culinarily and culturally.

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Some Basic Information About The Fagali’I Airport

You will learn some basic information about the Fagali Airport so you can be better equipped during trip when visiting.

The IATA airport code for Fagali: (FGI)
International Immigration Rules: American Samoa

This airport is only a five-minute drive from Apia, Upolu, and a forty minute drive from the Faleolo Airport, which is the main airport on the island. Some people prefer flying into the Fagali Airport directly into Apia for business and tourism.

Airport Amenities

Washroom
Chairs to sit down
Ticketing counter operated by Polynesian Airlines.
Customs booth.

The air taxi service to Fagali includes Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways.

Talofa Airways: Pago Pago, American Samoa. Tongatapu, Tonga.
Samoa Airways: Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Make sure to arrive at this airport at least 45 minutes before departure time. Some passengers report the ticket counter agents asking to stand on a scale to be weighed. This is to check the overall weight of the flight to ensure the aircrafts are not overloaded. Check in bags should be no more than 44 pounds and carry-ons no more than 12 pounds.

Aircrafts Used For Each Airline

Talofa Airways: Rockwell 690B Turbo Commander

Samoa Airways: DHC-6-300 Twin Otter

Both aircrafts can fit up to 9 passengers.

Hotels in the Area

Travellers Point Hotel
Pasefika Inn
Le Alaimoana Hotel
Le Manumea Resort
The Samoan Outrigger Hotel
Travellers Point Hotel
Taumeasina Island Resort
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows

Attractions in the Local Area

Fiafia Fire Performance every Friday.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
Samoan Cultural Village Experience
Maua Quality Homestay

The Beautiful Upolu Island

This is a majestic island full of natural greenery, beaches for fun in the sun, and museums and cathedrals.

Brief History

The Fagali Airport commenced operations in 1950 but decommissioned in 2005 because of noise complaints about possible environmental pollution. The asphalt was paved into the ground in 2002. The airport reopened in 2009 with renovations and improvement to ensure the local governmental safety standards were met.

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