American Samoa is a small archipelago located in the South Pacific region of Polynesia and consists of 5 beautiful rain forest covered rugged Volcanic islands and two atolls. surrounded by pristine tropical waters full of untouched reefs and deserted beaches. . Due to it’s isolation and not as popular as other tropical destinations in Polynesia, American Samoa is a vastly underrated jewel in the South Pacific. With magnificent mountain ridges, wonderfully peaceful bays, and some of the world’s most remote, uncluttered and utterly beautiful reefs and beaches American Samoa is a tropical getaway just waiting to be discovered.
Once you land on the main island, Tutuila, where 95% of the population live you will look around and see the breathtaking mountain peaks covered in luscious tropical rain forests casting shadows on the main city of Pago Pago. It will not take you long to realise you have stumbled across a spectacularly beautiful part of the world.
The five volcanic islands are: Tutuila, Aunu’u, Ofu, Olosega, Tau. The coral atolls are: Swains, and Rose Atoll. Of the seven islands, Rose Atoll is an uninhabited Marine National Monument. With little to disturb the peace, American Samoa offers you the chance to experience a tropical paradise with the isolation of untouched beaches deserted of people other than you and your companions, pristine turquoise tropical waters full of untouched coral gardens and an abundance of marine life as well as spectacularly scenic rugged volcanic mountains that rise high out of the Pacific Ocean. If a breathtaking and peaceful tropical holiday is what you are searching for then American Samoa is a destination you will need to consider as your next tropical beach getaway. The islands’ volcanoes, have not been active since 1911.
THINGS TO DO
Diving- American Samoa dive sites start with the largest island of Tutuila, where fringing coral reefs surround the island. Some sites, such as Faga’alu Bay and Breaker’s Point, are shore dives. The other islands in the chain offer even richer diving opportunities, if you can get to them. Rose Atoll, 130 miles southeast of Tutuila and the southernmost point of US territory in the world, is a National Wildlife Refuge and encloses a 1,600-acre lagoon. The atoll is one of the most pristine of its kind found anywhere in the world, and is home to many threatened and endangered marine species. Off of Ofu Island, home to what National Geographic called American Samoa’s loveliest beach, lies 350 acres of coral reef.
Fishing- American Samoa has sports game fishing charters available to catch large marlin. Surprisingly there is also the option of fly fishing for trout
CLIMATE AND WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit American Samoa is during the dry season from May to October when the conditions are cooler and drier, with less humidity and cool evenings with a sea breeze. The wet season is between November and April and is less comfortable time to visit due mainly to the high temperatures and humidity as well as the daily rain showers which usually arrive in the afternoon and evenings. Due to its positioning in the South Pacific Ocean, this is also the season when American Samoa is hit by tropical cyclones.
If you intend visiting the islands around December-January, remember that this is the peak holiday period for Samoan expats living in the USA, Australia and New Zealand (NZ). Book flights well in advance.
Air – The only way to get to American Samoa is flying form either Apia (Samoa) and Honolulu (Hawai’i). Hawaiian Air provides direct air service from Pago Pago to Honolulu and Polynesian Airlines provide regional air services to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, New Caledonia, Tahiti and the Cook Island.