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Discover the natural wonders of American Samoa, from the rugged cliffs of National Park of American Samoa to the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

About American Samoa

American Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the United States, is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean with a rich cultural heritage and traditions.

American Samoa's islands are located in the heart of Polynesia, with Hawaii, Rapanui (Easter Island) and New Zealand making up the three points of the Polynesian triangle.

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Map of American Samoa

Map of American Samoa

Six Polynesian islands, below the Equator, comprise the southern-most territory of the United States.

American Samoa Overview

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean.

It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls and has a total land area of approximately 77 square miles.

The islands are located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand and are situated south of the equator.

American Samoa Economy

The economy of American Samoa is heavily dependent on the US government and tuna canning.

The territory is home to the world's largest tuna canning plant, which employs a significant portion of the workforce.

Other important industries include tourism, agriculture, and fishing.

American Samoa History

It is believed that, the first people on the Samoan Islands came by sea from southwest Asia some 3,000 years ago.

American Samoa Language and Culture

The Samoan culture is Polynesia's oldest.

American Samoans have a rich language that remains the main language of the people. English is the second language - spoken by all the islanders, and the territory uses the US dollar as its currency.

As an unincorporated territory, American Samoa has a unique political status within the United States.

It is not considered a state and does not have voting representation in Congress. However, American Samoans are US nationals and can freely travel and work in the United States without a visa.

American Samoa Landscape

American Samoa is known for its beautiful natural scenery, including lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and coral reefs.

Unlike many island resort locations in the South Pacific, American Samoa has striven to manage its resources and maintain its scenic beauty in the most pristine condition possible.

As zoning is very strictly enforced tall, high-rise hotels and condominium buildings are not allowed to be built on the waterfront.

American Samoa National Park

The National Park of American Samoa is a popular destination for visitors, offering opportunities for hiking, swimming, and snorkeling.

American Samoa Population

The population of American Samoa is around 55,000 people, with most residents being of Samoan descent.

The Samoan people are known for their hospitality and kindness, and it is customary to remove your shoes before entering someone's home. It is also important to dress modestly and avoid wearing revealing clothing.

American Samoa Traditions and Customs

Fa'asamoa has kept Samoans strongly nationalistic and suspicious to changes that might threaten the traditional structure of their way of life.

Samoan weddings are generally a huge social event. Following the wedding service, a reception is usually held outdoors, because there's a lack of large enough facilities in most areas.

Capital City of American Samoa

The Capital of American Samoa is Pago Pago, which is located on the island of Tutuila.

Map of Pago Pago

Map of Pago Pago

Pago Pago History

Pago Pago was the setting for Somerset Maughan's short story, Rain.

Pago Pago Location

A collapsed volcanic crater makes an ideal deep-sea harbour for the capital of American Samoa.

Pago Pago Public Transportation

Pago Pago airport is situated on the south coast of Tutuila Island, about 25-minutes drive from Pago Town.

Pago Pago Sightseeing

The Samoan village leaders and the U.S. Congress have set aside the finest samples of the islands' land and seascapes as a national park.

National Park of American Samoa:
Located in Pago Pago, the two rain forest preserves and coral reef are home to unique tropical animals including the Flying Fox, Pacific Boa, sea turtles, and an array of birds and fish.

Where to Stay in Pago Pago

Tradewinds Hotel

Tradewinds Hotel

Tradewinds Hotel: 999 Ottoville Road, Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool, or just kick back and relax in the shade of the beautiful palms, with a superior service reflecting the spirit of American Samoa.

Located on the beautiful island of Tutuila, Tradewinds Hotel is a tropical haven where guests can find peace and relaxation in style and comfort.

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American Samoa Tourism

American Samoa is made up of five main islands and two coral atolls.

The largest island, Tutuila, is home to the capital city, Pago Pago.

Visit American Samoa

To visit American Samoa, you will need a valid passport and may also need a visa depending on your country of origin.

The main airport in American Samoa is Pago Pago International Airport, which is served by several airlines including Hawaiian Airlines and Fiji Airways.

American Samoa Attractions

One of the top attractions in American Samoa is the National Park of American Samoa, which covers the islands of Tutuila, Ofu, and Ta‘ū.

The park offers a variety of hiking trails, beaches, and stunning natural scenery.

You can also visit the Jean P. Haydon Museum to learn about the history and culture of the Samoan people.

Another popular attraction is the Pago Pago Harbor, which is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

You can take a boat tour to explore the harbor and see the beautiful coastline.

When visiting American Samoa, it is important to respect the local customs and traditions.

Overall, American Samoa is a beautiful and unique destination that offers a rich cultural experience and stunning natural beauty.

Out and About in American Samoa

Islands of American Samoa

Tutuila is the largest and most populated island in American Samoa, with a rugged coast and few secluded beaches.

The mountain backdrop is steep and covered in tropical rain forest.

The Manu'a Group of islands lie about 100km east of Tutuila.

Ta'u, half National Park and spiritual centre of Polynesia, is the largest of the three islands (and furthest from Tutuila Island) but many travellers prefer the smaller islands of Ofu (wonderful sandy beach) and Olosega; which are conveniently connected by bridge.

Official American Samoa Government and Tourist Information Offices

 American Samoa Government:
The official webpage of the American Samoa government.

American Samoa Visitors Bureau:
Visit American Samoa today and immerse yourself in an untouched island paradise.

American Samoa Transportation

Getting To and Around American Samoa

American Samoa by Air

Airlines and Airports - Flights.

Flights to Pago Pago - PPG

Samoa Airways flies from Pago Pago to Apia, in Western Samoa, with onward connections to Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney.

American Samoa Websites

American Samoa Resources

Samoa News Online:
Covers news from American Samoa, Samoa, and the Pacific region.

Western Samoa:
Western Samoa consists of two large islands, Savai'i and Upolu, and seven smaller islands.

American Samoa Maps and Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa & Tonga (Travel Guide) Islands of Samoa: Reference Map of Tutuila, Manu'A, 'Upolu, and Savai'I

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