The Best Vacation Spots in Pago Pago, American Samoa

The Best Vacation Spots in Pago Pago, American Samoa
The heart of American Samoa, Pago Pago Town stands sentry above a beautiful deep-water harbor created from a collapsed volcanic crater. Known for its prolific tuna-canning industry, Pago Pago retains a small-town, third-world ambience of clapboard buildings and "rootsy" neighborhoods captured by English author Somerset Maughan in his classic short story "Rain," written in the 1930s. For adventure travelers, Pago Pago offers much to see and do, from remote beaches and grand hiking trails to marine sanctuaries and glorious coral reefs.

Tula Village

Located on the most eastern point of Tutuila island, the sleepy destination of Tula Village presents a beautiful white-sand beach, along with a scenic hiking trail that hugs the high cliffs on the way to Cape Matatula. Featuring panoramic views of the coast, this well-maintained trail offers unforgettable scenic vistas from which to observe dolphins or sea turtles from above as you make your way to the village of Onenoa at the far end of the hike.

Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Encompassing 25 square miles, Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary features a extensive coral reef ecosystem inside the remnants of a collapsed volcanic crater. Teeming with tropical fish including parrot fish and damselfish, the sanctuary is bordered by steep, 200-foot vertical cliffs brimming with lush, tropical landscapes. From June through September, humpback whales can be seen and heard plying the waters, while several species of sea turtles and pods of dolphins are known to frequent the bay.

Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
P.O. Box 4318
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
(684) 633-7354

Mount Alava

The summit of Mount Alava ascends 1,610 feet above sea level, reached by a seven-mile trail originating at Fagasa Pass. Along the way, hikers will view two sites from World War II: Breakers Point and the Blunt's Point Gun Emplacement. Stellar coral reefs await on the beaches of Ofu and Olosega, where snorkeling and swimming are highlights.

National Park of American Samoa
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
(684) 633-7082

Lalomanu Beach

Located on the southeastern tip of Upolu lies one of Samoa's most pristine white-sand beaches: Lalomanu Beach. This idyllic retreat offers stellar swimming opportunities and beaches as well as a cool, blue lagoon in which to relax and unwind. A protected marine reserve, the translucent lagoon teems with a colorful variety of tropical fish awaiting snorkelers and scuba divers alike.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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