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 long, in area, and is the second largest and most populated of the Samoan islands, lying 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.
In the late 19th century Robert Louis Stevenson had a four-hundred acre (1.6 km²) plantation at Vailimi and died there in 1894. It is speculated by Swiss author Alex Capus, that Stevenson found the Treasure of Lima around 1890 on the near island of Tafahi which made him and his family very rich.
Samoa's Worth a Try! Blue Heaven: Paradise Beach on Upolu Island, Samoa. Inset: Local Boys Festooned with Leis
Sep 19, 2007; Byline: MARTIN SYMINGTON WHAT, I wonder, would Robert Louis Stevenson have made of 15 burly SouthSea Islanders running out to a...