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American Samoa is a remote and picturesque tropical destination in the South Pacific Ocean. This archipelago of five islands and two atolls contains undisturbed beaches, rainforests, volcanic craters and coral reefs. Hike through acres of jungle, relax on palm-fringed beaches, marvel at marine life in coral-filled waters and visit native villages.
Start your holiday in the capital city of Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila. Dine on seafood or grilled meats at a beachfront restaurant. The Jean P. Haydon Museum reveals insights on Samoan history and culture. Hike to the top of Mount Alava for superb views of Pago Pago's harbour sitting in the crater of an extinct volcano.
Rent a car for a scenic drive along the island’s coastal roads. Stop by deserted bays and beaches such as Alega and Pyramid Rock. Alternatively, travel across the island in a brightly painted aiga bus. Visit the old church in Leone and look for turtles at Fagatele Bay.
The National Park of American Samoa extends across the islands of Ofu, Tutuila and Ta’u. Hike through jungle landscapes and pass archeological sites and World War II installations on Tutuila. Watch for bats, Polynesian rats, white-bellied skinks and other types of land reptiles and mammals. Snorkel and scuba dive among corals off the coast of Ofu.
The national park also serves to protect the Samoan culture. Learn about local customs and the way of life here by staying in a traditional village with a Samoan family. The official languages of the islands are Samoan and English. Visit the official website of the National Park of American Samoa for details of its homestay programme.
American Samoa is located halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Fly direct from Honolulu to Pago Pago International Airport and get around by taxi, rental car or the colored aiga buses. You can also travel between islands by plane and boat. Come for the beautiful landscapes, culture and relaxation.