Essence of Tutuila

3 hours | Pago Pago | P P G - 1 1 5
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Points of Interest

  • Turtle & Shark Point
  • Tauese's & Haydon Museums
  • Flower Pot Rock
  • Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center
  • Tia Seu Lupe Park
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

At the pier, board your island bus decorated with island fresh flowers. Begin your daylong adventure by traveling west past the Governor's residence and other historic buildings. Continue past the old Rainmaker Hotel and the original government high school as well as the beautiful Utulie Beach.

Hear the famed Samoan legend, "The Turtle and the Shark,' as you drive by the Vaitogi Cliffs. Visit the Tia Seu Lupe Parks' star mounds built for the chiefs' games of pigeon catching, resulting in the offering of the loser's wife or daughter to the winner.

Travel to the nearby Tauese's Museum. This small and stately museum commemorates the life and times of Tauese P.F. Sunia, the first popularly elected governor of American Samoa. The museum is housed in the governor's former home, and features photos from elected officials and dignitaries from all over the world.

And the end of your museum visit, pause for refreshments including fruit punch and fresh fruit. Then, stop for a photo at the First Missionary Monument. This Monument celebrates the work of John Williams of the London Missionary Society, and his efforts to bring Christianity to Samoa.

Drive inland and then return back via the coastline of Leala, making a short photo stop of this area that was once a volcano and is now known as "sliding rocks" where the village kids go sliding into the waters at high tide. Visit the new Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center and enjoy learning about Pago Pago's underwater natural resources following a short film of the marine life of Tutuila.

Continue on to the Jean P. Haydon Museum. Originally a Naval Commissary during World War II, the building is now a museum with an excellent collection of Samoan artifacts and handicrafts. The museum recounts the history of Samoa, and features exhibitions showcasing Samoan culture. After the tour, make the short walk back to the ship.

Special Notes:

Local buses are used for tour transportation. Buses have bench seats, no microphones and no storage to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs. Tour guides are high school seniors. What they may lack in professional skills is made up by their local knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat and a light waterproof jacket - heavy showers are common.

Tour order may vary. On Sundays, this tour will not drive by the Vaitogi Cliffs.

Child Price:

12 years and under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.