may be readily located on a map of the Pacific Ocean
by drawing a line from Hawaii to New Zealand, upon which
it will be found about two thirds of the way down. The
Samoan Islands lie spread out from east to west, overlapping
the fourteenth degree of south latitude, at approximately
168 - 173 longitude west.
American Samoa's total land area is 76 square miles.
Tutuila, the main island where Pago Pago Bay is located,
has a land area of 54 square miles, with its highest
peak, Mt. Matafao, rising 2,142 feet above the waters
of Pago Pago Bay. The remaining 22 square miles include
the three Manu'a Islands of Ofu, Olosega, and Ta'u,
which boast of the highest peak in the territory, Lata
Mountain, at 3,050 feet. Other islands in American Samoa
include Aunu'u, a satellite 1/4 mile off the eastern
tip of Tutuila, Rose Atoll, a wild life refuge 65 miles
east of Manu'a, and Swains Island, located 200 miles
north of Pago Pago.
At the east most end of the Samoan archipelago lies
the Manu'a Island group, a part of American Samoa. With
a resident population of approximately 1,700, Manu'a
today remains an undisturbed and strongly culture-oriented
part of the Samoas.
The villages of Ofu, Olosega and Sili are located on
the islands of Ofu and Olosega, or the twin-islands.
The villages of Luma and Si'ufaga are located on the
island of Ta'u.
The Island of Tutuila is the main island of the group
with Pago Pago being the capital of the territory. The
island is home to approximately 55,000 friendly polynesian
inhabitants. Long known for its natural deep water harbor,
Pago Pago is famous for its sheer forested volcanic
mountains surrounding the deep blue and turquoise water
that has been a shelter in a storm for many a sailing
and fishing vessel.
Travel to Samoa
There are four airports
- Tutuila, Ofu, Olosega, and Ta'u
The Pago Pago international airport is an international
class airport with the capacity to accommodate any size
commercial aircraft. Traffic control is maintained by
the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. It has two
paved runways. The recently built, modern terminal complex
houses several passenger service buildings, a comprehensive
fire/crash station, shops, a restaurant and an extensive
lounge and administrative area.
Airline of Samoa
Daily scheduled flights between American Samoa and Western
Samoa utilizing 19-seater Twin-Otter DHC-6 and 9-seater
Britton-Norman Islander aircraft. Connect on to other
pacific flights from Western Samoa to Hawaii, Los Angeles,
Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand on Polynesian's Boeing
P.O. Box 487
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
Reservations: (684) 699-9126
Administration: (684) 699-1704
Fax: (684) 699-2109
Flights between Nadi, Fiji and Apia.
Direct twice weekly wide-body 230+ seat DC-10-10 service
to/from American Samoa and Honolulu/U.S. Mainland.
Reservations: (684) 699-1875
Visitors do not require an entry permit if staying 30
days or less. Those intending to stay longer should
apply for an entry permit at the Immigration Office
prior to arrival.
American Samoa has maintained its traditional quaint
family owned bussing business. For 50 cents, you can
ride an "aiga" bus from nearly anywhere on
the island into Pago Pago, and connections to other
parts of the island cost an additional 25 cents. The
buses are painted in fun colors and each is its owner's
pride and joy. Many have superb stereo systems and some
even show videos during your ride into town. Not only
a ride, but an experience to talk about!
Dining in Tutuila is a culinary experience. Local Barbeque
and stone hearth baked local foods such as breadfruit,
pork, chicken, and bananas are available in most villages,
while more exotic tastes are catered to by many local
restaurants. These include Korean, Chinese, American,
Nouvelle Cuisine, Japanese, Polynesian, Italian to mention
a few. The common factor in all of them is courteous,
smiling service and delicious, fresh meals cooked to
Shopping in American Samoa is always a pleasurable outing.
With many small Korean, Samoan, and American stores
carrying the latest in foods, furniture, electronics,
hardware, toys and fresh local venue, American Samoa
offers everything imaginable. With a huge warehouse
sales store in Tafuna, even large families can stock
up on those huge family sized containers of dog foods,
paper products, cleaning supplies, and just about anything
else needed around the house.
One hour photo processing, fashion clothing, handicrafts,
cellular phones, printing services, and yes, even Samoan
t-shirts can be found easily and reasonably priced in
Electricity runs at 110 volts.
Tipping is not encouraged, but neither is it discouraged.
Due to the modesty of this deeply religious nation,
women are requested not to wear shorts in rural areas,
and men should wear shirts. The local lavalava, which
can be purchased anywhere, is comfortable and suitable.
When at a beach near a village, women should not walk
around in their swimming suits.
With the International Dateline passing just to the
west of Samoa, the sunset of each day is last seen in
Samoa. It is 11 hours behind GMT and six hours behind
New York. There is no summer time clock change.
Water is treated, but it's advisable to check the source
of all drinking water. If it isn't from the government
system, boil it or use bottled water.
Visitors are advised to have typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations
and must be vaccinated against Yellow Fever if arriving
within six days of leaving or transiting an infected
Visitors should take the usual precautions to avoid
drinking untreated water. Give immediate attention to
coral cuts and other skin problems and avoid sunburn.
Medical treatment is available on Tutuila at the LBJ
Tropical Medical Center.