The high, volcanic islands of American Samoa sit along the Pacific Ring of Fire; their cone-shaped mountains rise with abrupt steepness. These islands are stunningly green, the windward hillsides carpeted thickly with coconut palms, breadfruit and mango, while the leeward side is punctuated by steep cliffs. Pago Pago (pronounced Pahngo Pahngo), on the island of Tutuila, boasts one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors that thrusts as a fjordlike arm deep into the land. View more
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Indulge in a beach break and enjoy a pleasant shaded hike with this nature-lover's adventure, which presents the beautiful waters of a marine sanctuary for snorkeling and swimming and offers an inviting beach for lazing and sunbathing.
Pago Pago Harbor, Flowerpot Rock
Begin as you board your open-air, island-style bus and travel to see one of the island's most noted natural landmarks, Flowerpot Rock. Rising from the waters of Pago Pago Harbor, this large rock sports a bushy carpet of vegetation sprouting from its crown that resembles a plant in a huge flowerpot, thus giving it its name, Flowerpot Rock.
Fagatele Bay, Hiking & Snorkeling
Making the 35-minute transfer to Fagatele Bay, you will take a cool, shady, 20-30 minute hike down to one of American Samoa's national marine sanctuaries. Relish time to swim or snorkel and enjoy a cold, refreshing coconut. Local fresh fruits will also be available.
After about an hour of beach time, hike back up to your awaiting bus and return to the pier with a 35-minute transfer, enjoying the scenery along the way.
Discover a fresh perspective on this fascinating piece of South Pacific paradise, with opportunities to admire coastal views and rock formations, visit two museums and stop at an intriguing archaeological site.
Leone Town, the Ancient Capital of Tutuila
Depart the pier aboard your open-air, island-style bus and journey to the southwest side of the island and the town of Leone, the ancient capital of Tutuila. It was here that Samoa's first missionary, John Williams, landed in 1832. Honoring Williams's arrival and the work of the London Missionary Society is the Leone Missionary Monument, which stands in front of the town's Zion Church. Stop at the monument and then venture along the beautiful Leala coast to appreciate breathtaking island vistas.
Next, continue to the Tauese Museum, a small museum dedicated to the life and times of Tauese P.F. Sunia, the first popularly elected governor of American Samoa. Elected in 1997, he governed this South Pacific collection of isles until his death in 2003. The museum is housed in Sunia's former home and displays furnishings, photographs and other memorabilia.
Tia Seu Lupe Star Mounds
Enjoy a refreshing drink before heading towards the Tia Seu Lupe Star Mounds, named for their star-like shape. The Samoan name "tia seu lupe" means "earthen mound to catch pigeons." Indeed, for centuries, pigeon-snaring was a popular sport in Samoa, with Samoan chiefs using mounds such as these to practice netting their prized, feathered catch. A stop at the mounds offers a look at this interesting archaeological site, located near the Catholic cathedral in Tafuna.
Afterward, view another island wonder, Flowerpot Rock. This large rock rising from the waters of Pago Pago Harbor sports a bushy carpet of vegetation sprouting from its crown, giving the rock the appearance of a plant in an enormous flowerpot, thus giving it its name, Flowerpot Rock.
Jean P. Haydon Museum
Stop to photograph this unique natural sight and then begin to wrap up your excursion with your visit to the Jean P. Haydon Museum. Housed in a building constructed in 1919 and originally serving as a naval commissary store, the museum hosts a collection of Samoan artifacts, books, canoes, jewelry and handcrafts representing Samoan history and culture. Of particular note is a small American Samoa flag and three moonstones gifted to American Samoa by President Richard Nixon following the space explorations of one of the Apollo missions.
From the museum, a short walk brings you back to the pier.
Take a step back in time with a visit to Vila's Village, taste local foods and watch performances of traditional song and dance for a glimpse of the old way of life.
Pago Pago Harbor, Flowerpot Rock
Climb aboard your open-air, island-style bus for your scenic journey to see one of the island's most noted natural landmarks, Flowerpot Rock. Rising from the waters of Pago Pago Harbor, this large rock sports a bushy carpet of vegetation sprouting from its crown that resembles a plant in a flowerpot, thus giving the formation its name, Flowerpot Rock.
Tutuila, Pala Lagoon, Lava Lava Golf Course
Stop to photograph this unique sight before heading to the western end of Tutuila, venturing through the busiest part of American Samoa and its industrial park. Take pictures of the Pala Lagoon and the airport runway that juts out into the Pacific on your way to the Lava Lava Golf Course to admire panoramic views.
Leone, Zion Church, Leone Missionary Monument
Your scenic journey continues to the town of Leone, the ancient capital of Tutuila. It was here that Samoa's first missionary, John Williams, landed in 1832. In front of the town's Zion Church stands the Leone Missionary Monument, paying tribute to Williams's arrival and the work of the London Missionary Society.
Vila's Village, Local Food Tasting
Next, continue to Vila's Village, a place where you will step back into a simpler time. Visiting several huts, witness demonstrations of the various uses of coconut leaves and fruit, see how women once washed laundry and marvel at the famous umu oven, which Samoans use to this day to prepare food. A highlight of your visit is a taste of traditional morsels, including fresh fruit, chicken, fish and palusami, a Samoan-style spinach dip.
Be treated to entertainment of traditional singing and dancing before departing this interesting village and returning to your ship.