Officially the Territory of American Samoa, American Samoa, is an unincorporated territory of the United States. The territory is in the South Pacific Ocean, in the Southeast of Samoa. American Samoa includes five main islands and two coral atolls. Tutuila is the largest and most popular island in the territory. The territory shares its maritime borders with Cook Islands to the east, Tonga to the south, Tokelau to the north, and the islands of the Wallis and Futuna to the east. American Samoa is home to stunning natural beauty with its islands boasting lush rainforests, lovely reefs, and gorgeous beaches.
Popular Destinations in American Samoa
National Park of American Samoa
National Park of American Samoa is the southernmost national park on United States territory. It is the only national park in American Samoa and extends across the islands of Tutuila, Ta’u, and Ofu. Volcanoes and rainforests dominate the dry landscape of the park. National Park of American Samoa also includes many spectacular coral reefs. There are no lodging facilities in the park and camping is prohibited. However, visitors can enjoy the unforgettable experience of spending a night with a Samoan family through the unique homestay program offered by the park. Weaving mats and fans is just one of the traditional village activities one can enjoy in the park.
Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Located on the island of Tutuila, the sanctuary is home to countless tropical fish, shellfish, sharks, and several other exotic sea creatures frolicking under surface. Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the tiniest and most remote of all national marine sanctuaries in the United States territories. This sanctuary was established in 1986 to conserve the unusual sea life and coral reefs of American Samoa. Much to the delight of adventure enthusiast, Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the safest and most popular snorkeling and scuba diving spots in American Samoa.
An excellent place to visit for serenity seekers, Leone Church was established in 1832 by John Williams, the first Christian missionary who visited American Samoa. In is an impressive church in the village of Leone and continues to attract worshippers from around the globe. The church features dramatic stained-glass windows, an intricately carved wooden ceiling, and offers gorgeous seaside views from its three towers.
Best Time to Visit American Samoa
Weather-wise, the best time to take the American Samoa flights is from June to October to March. It is the dry and coolest season in the territory and thus is most suitable for sightseeing. It is also the peak tourism season in the country. It is advisable to book tickets in advance to get cheap flights to American Samoa.