Pago Pago, American Samoa

Pago Pago Bay is one of the most dramatic harbors in the South Pacific, a region known for dramatic landscapes. Eons ago, the massive seaward wall of a volcano collapsed and the sea poured in. Today, dramatic mountain peaks encircle the deep harbor.

The capital of American Samoa, Pago Pago is more village than city. The town is dominated by looming Mt. Pioa, whose summit draws moisture-bearing clouds, earning it the nickname of "The Rainmaker." Indeed, Pago Pago draws more than its fair share of rain - the island of Tutuila is a vision of deep, verdant green.

Pronounced "Pango Pango," this island paradise awaits exploration.

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Points of Interest

  • Ava Ceremony
  • Western Tutuila
  • Village & Home Visit
  • Tauese's & Haydon Museums
  • Flower Pot Rock
  • Turtle & Shark Point
  • Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center
  • Tia Seu Lupe Park

More about Pago Pago, American Samoa Points of Interest

  • Ava Ceremony

    This traditional island welcome, given by Samoans to important guests, involves a relaxing drink produced from the local Ava root.

  • Western Tutuila

    Western Tutuila is home to several National Natural Landmarks, the American Samoa golf course and Nuu'uli Village.

  • Village & Home Visit

    Visit a traditional Samoan village and home. Enjoy local island music and watch a traditional cooking demonstration using the umu, or oven.

  • Tauese's & Haydon Museums

    Visit the Jean P. Haydon Museum, a museum with an excellent collection of Samoan artifacts and handicrafts. Also see Tauese's Museum, dedicated to the first popularly elected governor of American Samoa.

  • Flower Pot Rock

    Visit Fatu-ma-Futi or "Flowerpot Rock." Your bus will stop for a photo at this local natural landmark off shore that guards the entrance to Pago Pago Bay.

  • Turtle & Shark Point

    The Vaitogi Cliffs are the site of a famed Samoan legend, "The Turtle and the Shark," who are said to appear at the Point upon hearing a local chant.

  • Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center

    This facility features educational exhibits and interactive learning tools to showcase American Samoa's natural resources and promote ocean awareness and encourage good marine stewardship.

  • Tia Seu Lupe Park

    Home to one of American Samoa's best preserved star mounds, ancient stone mounds built for the Chiefs' sport of pigeon catching, and an impressive reminder of times past.

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West Island Drive & Samoan Ava Ceremony

3 hours | Pago Pago | P P G - 1 0 5
  • Flower Pot Rock
  • Ava Ceremony
  • Western Tutuila

Explore the southwest shore of Tutuila on a small, colorful island bus. The sights range from Flower Pot Rock at the harbor entrance to a traditional Samoan village. See the First Missionary Monument, and take part in the traditional Ava welcome ceremony.

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East Island Drive, Ocean Center & Beach Visit

3 hours | Pago Pago | P P G - 1 3 0
  • Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center

This half-day excursion passes wonderful scenery from Pago Pago Harbor to Two Dollar Beach at the tip of the island. See Camel Rock and pore over the exhibits at the Marine Ocean Center in America's only national park south of the equator. Conclude by relaxing with a swim or enjoying a beverage on the beach.

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Essence of Tutuila

3 hours | Pago Pago | P P G - 1 1 5
  • Turtle & Shark Point
  • Tauese's & Haydon Museums
  • Flower Pot Rock
  • Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center
  • Tia Seu Lupe Park

Experience Samoa's heritage on a drive around Tutuila. Tour museums to see Samoan art and artifacts and celebrate its first popularly elected governor. Visit the new ocean center, see the spot where chiefs once competed for wives and pass the beautiful source of a major Samoan myths & legends.

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West Island Drive & Village Way of LIfe

3 hours | Pago Pago | P P G - 1 1 0
  • Flower Pot Rock
  • Village & Home Visit

Take in the sights on a drive along Tutuila's South Shore. Visit a home in a traditional village for a taste of island life. Listen to music as your hosts prepare food in the umu, the Samoan version of the traditional Polynesian oven, and sample the local cuisine.

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