Silversea Luxury Cruises To PAGO PAGO (American Samoa)

PAGO PAGO (American Samoa)

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

The harbor was formed when the seaward wall of a volcano collapsed, allowing the sea to rush in. The bay and encircling mountain peaks present spectacular evidence of nature's force and astounding beauty. Introduced to the world in 1722 by a Dutchman, these islands were then visited by English missionaries in 1831; the islanders took to Christianity with enthusiasm. In 1900, in spite of the Germans who controlled Western Samoa, the United States took possession and the U.S. Navy ran American Samoa until 1951. Since then it has been administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior as an Incorporated Territory and thus is a unique part of the United States. Its 50,000 residents are U.S. citizens with equal rights, except for voting in national elections. Pago Pago, along with Fagatogo, is called the Bay Area. It is here where Somerset Maugham's story in his famous novel Rain was set. The story, which was made into a movie with Joan Crawford, was so popular that a hotel was named for the heroine, Sadie Thompson. Today, the former hotel houses a restaurant. The lookout over the harbor and out to sea is stunning, and you can hike up to Mount Alava on what is now National Park Trail. On a clear day, the Manu'a Group and Western Samoa are visible. Back in Pago Pago just below Solo Hill is Maugaoalii, the hill of chiefs, where Government House is located; you may walk around the beautiful grounds or visit the courthouse past the village green. There are a number of good things to do here in the combined town of Pago Pago-Fagatogo; as the island is compressed, it won't take long to accomplish them at a leisurely pace. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at Pago Pago Harbor. The town center is within walking distance. Taxis are generally available at the pier. Shopping Shopping is not particularly exciting in American Samoa. There are small Korean, Samoan and American stores that carry items residents need on a daily basis. A limited selection of handicrafts and Samoan T-shirts are also available. The local currency is the U.S. dollar. Cuisine Stone hearth baked foods such as breadfruit, pork, chicken and bananas are available in most villages, while more international fare is available at restaurants in Pago Pago. Other Sites Fono Building Home of the territory's legislature, its architecture combines traditional "fale" construction with modern materials. Naval Guns Hill Located a short distance from the Rainmaker Hotel and requiring a short hike, two guns remain as relics from World War II.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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PAPEETE (Tahiti) To AUCKLAND
  • Departure
    Dec 22 2022
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Whisper
From US$ 12,420
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Excursions in PAGO PAGO (American Samoa)

Fagatele Bay Hike & Snorkel

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.

Museums, Monuments & Natural Wonders

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.


Tauese Museum

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.


Flowerpot Rock

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.

The Village Way Of Life

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.


Local Entertainment

Be treated to entertainment of traditional singing and dancing before departing this interesting village and returning to your ship.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.