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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Take in an American Samoan folk show on this afternoon visit to a private residence, 'Omalata'.
Depart the pier onboard an Island-style bus, headed to the west end of the island. The drive is approximately 25 minutes in duration.
Upon arrival at the 'Omalata' residence, you are greeted with a traditional Samoan welcome, with soft island music. Relax in the beautiful garden filled with a variety of island plants and flowers, while taking in the view of the Pacific Ocean. A well-known culture dance group will perform several numbers, treating you to a taste of their local song and dance. Enjoy the afternoon tea that has been prepared for you.
Once the show is complete, you may have the chance to dance with the group before heading back along the same route, to re-join the ship.
Please note: This tour requires very little walking; however, guests must be able to negotiate steps and get on and off the bus with little assistance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Transportation is by island-style bus and all seats may be utilised. Wear comfortable clothing and protection from the sun. Remember to bring bottled water and your camera from the ship.
High Chief Satele and his family welcome you to Pago Pago with a panoramic island tour and island dancing show.
Depart the pier on your Island-style bus along a scenic route to historic Leone, the one-time capital of American Samoa and site of the first missionary landing in 1830. See where the Catholics landed and settled, and then at the other side of Leone village, stop to view the Tsunami Monument, erected in honour of the Tsunami victims.
Next, visit Vailoatai Seaside Village. Proud of their heritage and customs, the Samoan people work hard to preserve them. The simple idyllic beauty of island culture can be seen as you are treated to a traditional Ava Ceremony. The ceremony is usually only performed when VIP's visit the island; enjoy authentic island entertainment, including Samoan songs and dances performed by the local cultural group. Afterwards, stop is at the Leala Sliding Rocks, an ancient lava flow that has now petrified, for some more photographs.
Your island-style bus winds along the coastline of scenic bays, inlets and picturesque villages and returns you to the ship.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking; however, guests must be able to negotiate steps and get on and off the bus with little assistance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Transportation is by island-style bus and all seats may be utilised. Wear comfortable clothing and protection from the sun. Remember to bring bottled water and your camera from the ship. At least 75 guests are required to operate this tour.
Explore Pago Pago at your leisure during your Silver Shore Privato half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights