Welcome to American Samoa
Backpackers, nature lovers and romantics adore American Samoa for its exotic appeal, from the floral scents that float on the air to the turquoise-blue waters that lap up to idyllic beaches.
While you won’t find flashy resorts and high-end shopping, what you will find is a fabulous national park, historical World War II sites and a National Marine Sanctuary. The national park includes sections of Tutila, Ta’u and Ofu volcanic islands – and a remarkable 4,000 acres of the national park are underwater.
Have lunch at Utulei Beach and admire the view of Pago Pago Harbor. Join a church service on a Sunday morning for the rousing sermons and beautiful singing. Or, grab a map, hop on a local bus and explore remote villages and meet the friendly Samoans.
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Need To Know
- As an unincorporated, unorganized territory of the United States, American Samoa receives diplomatic and military protection from the States, but not all of the protections of the US Constitution.
- American Samoa is often referred to as the “Football Island” because a disproportionately large number of American football players are from the region.
- If you enjoy a tunafish sandwich, it’s likely the tuna came from American Samoa. The tuna canneries employ about 80 of the working population and 100 percent of the canned tuna exports go to the United States.
- The National Park of American Samoa is one of the United States’ most remote parks. Some years it sees only 5,000 annual visitors, whereas a park like Yellostone might see more than four million in a given year.
- Lying 2,300 miles south of Hawaii, American Samoa is the southermostpoint in the United States.
American Samoa’s official languages are Samoan and English.
When To Go
The best time to go to American Samoa is May through mid-November.
Pago Pago International Airport
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The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting American Samoa: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines. Some travelers should receive a Hepatitis B vaccine.
Power plugs and sockets: types A, B, F and I. Standard voltage: 120V. Frequency: 60Hz.
Official local currency: United States Dollar
Car rentals are available near the airport. Taxis are available on Tutuila at the airport and the market in Fagatoto. The island of Tutuila also offers public bus service, which runs frequently but is unscheduled. Two buses travel to the national park (look for signage for Vatia Village).
There is no public transportation and no rental cars on the Manu’a Islands.
A valid US driver’s license is required.
US Embassy Info
Local Visitor Info
American Samoa Office of Tourism
P.O. Box 1147
Pago Pago, AS 96799
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 911
Safety and Security
The crime rate is low in American Samoa.
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