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From the moment you land in Pago Pago on Tutuila, American Samoa’s main island, the unique South Pacific landscape invites exploration. Volcanic mountains and craters cut through emerald green rainforests, which meet the dark blue sea. The scene here needs no filter, and there are many ways to experience it: from canoe tours led by local guides to taking in the view on a hike up Matafao, Tutuila’s highest peak.

American Samoa’s shoreline is as dazzling as the territory’s lush interior and features several beaches, among them the accessible Alega and Avaio. Smaller islands offer visitors the chance to escape to more tranquil shores.

History and culture here are truly intertwined, with old villages and modern towns existing side-by-side. The museums, markets and small communities preserve American Samoan history, reflect its lively culture and let guests participate in the rituals of daily life, while restaurants and inns serve fresh traditional fare like palusami and taro.

American Samoa

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Fun Fact

The National Park of American Samoa is the only U.S. national park south of the equator.
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The National Park of American Samoa is the only U.S. national park south of the equator.

Pola Ridge forest, part of the National Park of American Samoa
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Movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is part Samoan on his mother’s side.

American Samoa has the highest rate of enlisted service members in the U.S. military than any other state or territory.
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American Samoa has the highest rate of enlisted service members in the U.S. military than any other state or territory.

Must see places

An aerial view of Ofu Island

National Park of American Samoa

Encompassing parts of three islands, this is the only U.S. national park south of the equator and one of the most remote, undeveloped parks in the world. It’s easiest to access the National Park of American Samoa on Tutuila Island. Flag down an aiga, a family bus, to the park and trek high volcanic peaks and sandy beaches. Your legs and your will get a workout. Plan in advance and arrange a trip to the park areas on Ta'u and Ofu Islands. Remote and sparsely populated, these portions of the park offer blissful solitude.

Underwater view in Fagatele Bay

Fagatele Bay

Fagatele Bay on the island of Tutuila is part of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, which protects about 168 species of coral and 271 species of fish, believed to be the most diverse in the U.S. marine sanctuary system. Formed by a collapsed volcanic crater, the warm-water bay is surrounded by towering, verdant cliffs. Bring along gear for fantastic snorkeling or diving.

Fogama'a Bay and Crater

Also part of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Fogama’a Bay is just east of Fagatele Bay and also was formed by a flooded volcanic crater. Go snorkeling in shallow reefs and crystal-clear water; bring your own gear. The hike to the bay features rocky cliffs, crashing waves and natural blowholes. The village of Vaitogi is nearby. Ask about the legend of the Turtle and Shark to learn about local lore.

Diving into the harbor on Aunuu Island

Aunu'u Island

Board a boat in the village of Auasi on Tutuila for a day trip to Aunu’u Island. This tiny volcanic island has a population of 475 and is a covered in rainforest and taro plantations. Faimulivai Marsh, the largest freshwater marsh in American Samoa, is a National Natural Landmark. Spend the day hiking and talking with the locals.

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Coral reef and mountain peaks in the Manu’a Islands

Ofu Beach

For the bold traveler, a trip to Ofu Beach on the Manu’a Islands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are three main islands, Taʻu, Ofu and Olosega. Ofu is connected to Olosega by a walkable bridge and offers hiking, snorkeling and relaxing on one of the most pristine, remote beaches you can imagine. Flights are offered several days a week from Pago Pago to Ta’u, but you’ll need to plan ahead for the limited flights to Ofu or arrange for boat transport.

Mount ‘Alava Adventure Trail/Tramway Memorial & Lookout

Get the best views of Pago Pago Harbor by hiking to the top of Mount ‘Alava. From the village of Vatia, the 5.6-kilometer trail winds through rainforest and plantations in the National Park of American Samoa. At the summit, you’ll find the remains of an old cable car tramway, which used to provide service access to TV transmission equipment and was one of the longest in the world. The cable connecting to the harbor below is still there. Bring lots of water and be sure to sign the visitor log at the lookout.

Tisa's Barefoot Bar & Marine Sanctuary

Part beachfront bar, part marine sanctuary, Tisa’s Barefoot Bar is a must-stop. Come for cool drinks and traditional Samoan food, or book a private tour ahead of time to snorkel in the beautiful waters in front of the bar. Tisa herself has dedicated decades of her life to preserving the beaches and marine life on her property. You can even stay in an eco-fale (house) right on the beach.

Looking at the western district of Tutuila from the east

A’oloaufou

Also known as A’oloau, this village on Tutuila is perched on the high plain at more than 400 meters altitude. You’ll need a rugged car to get over the bumpy roads to the top, where you’ll be awe-struck by the sweeping views. Ask the locals to point out the trail to Massacre Bay. Named after an attack between French explorers and native Samoans in 1787, Massacre Bay is a former village that now offers a quiet, beachfront respite.

Fagatogo Market

Purchase freshly caught fish, browse the produce stalls, pick up a Samoan handicraft and enjoy live Gospel music at this bustling Samoan market. Be sure to sample local specialties such as breadfruit, palusami (a dish made from taro leaves and corn beef), coconut milk and poi fai (banana pudding).

World War II Heritage Trail

With its strategic position in the South Pacific, American Samoa played an important role during World War II. Hike the World War II Heritage Trail in the National Park of American Samoa to learn about this fascinating wartime history. The Blunts Point and Breakers Point trails boast beautiful Pago Pago Harbor views and feature two intact, war-era cannons that once protected the harbor.

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