The only national park in the US south of the Equator.
The National park of American Samoa is the only U.S. national park south of the equator. The park is located on three volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean and contains both Indo-Pacific coral reefs as well as the only mixed-species paleotropical rainforest in the United States.
The native language is Samoan, which is related to Hawaiian and the other Polynesian languages. Most people can understand basic english and english is widely spoken.
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The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is the most remote federally designated underwater area protected by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. It protects a tropical reef that supports a greatest diversity of marine life. 13,581 square miles including the Fagatele Bay coral reef and open ocean waters in the Samoan Archipelago are covered by the sanctuary protection.
American Samoa is rainy, warm and humid year round. The cooler and drier season is from June to September.
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Camping is not permitted in the park. Lodging is available on the islands.
In 2012, there was a Homestay Program described on the website of the National Park of American Samoa. The Homestay Program allowed visitors to the islands to stay with host families and experience Samoan culture. The program is not run by the park system, but contacting the visitor center can give you additional information about the program.
Travel to American Samoa:
American Samoa is located in the South Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and New Zealand. It is about a 90 minute flight to Fiji from the island, which lies almost 800 miles northeast of it. Samoa is about 60 miles east of the group of islands known as American Samoa.
The American Samoa is an unincorporated and unorganized terroritory of the United States. U.S. Citizens and Nationals need a valid passport but do not require a visa to enter the territory.
It is a solid day of travel to get to the park from most of the continental United States. Hawaiian Airlines is the only major carrier to fly to American Samoa. Flights are available twice a week from Honolulu to Pago Pago International Airport on Tutuila Island. American Samoa is almost a 6 hour flight from Honolulu. Honolulu is a 5 hour flight from Los Angeles, putting the minimum travel time from the continental United States at around 11+ hours (depending on layover). Small planes serve Ta’u Island and a local boat is available from Ta’u to Ofu Island. In total from the East Coast, you are looking at around 22 hours of total travel time (including layovers). A recent search for flights found prices were between $1700 and $3000 per person when bought in advance.
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Photo is of Si’u Point Trail on Ta’u Island – Photo Credit