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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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What’s in a name? Samoa means “Sacred Earth.”

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

Crystal clear water at Fatu ma Futi, which are two rocks also known as "the flowerpots"

Fatu ma Futi

Swim between these two sea stacks, or rock islands, near the entrance to Pago Pago Harbor and learn the legend of how they got there.

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The National Natural Landmark known as Rainmaker Mountain

Rainmaker Mountain

The best way to view this American Samoan landmark, which overlooks Pago Pago Harbor, is on a hike up Mount Alava across the way.

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Ofu Beach

For a real retreat, head to Ofu in the Manu’a Islands, believed to have the most beautiful beach in all of American Samoa.

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Diving into the harbor on Aunuu Island

Fagatogo Market

Purchase fresh-caught fish, browse the fruit and vegetable stalls and enjoy live gospel music at Fagatogo Market, where American Samoan culture is on proud display.

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Coral reef and mountain peaks in the Manu’a Islands

Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center

To immerse yourself in the territory’s aquatic life and resources, visit the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center operated by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

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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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Official American Samoa Travel Site