South Pacific rain forests and coral reefs in a gorgeous, remote tropical oasis. The only National Park south of the equator.
Snorkeling, swimming, hiking, beachwalking, sightseeing, nature study; exploring island rain forests and reefs
One for the Bucket List
Hike to the summit of Mt. Alava on Tutuila, American Samoa's main island. Ascend the lush and forested, serpentine spine of the island for magnificent views from shore to shore. You can access the trailhead at Fagasa Pass, a little more than a mile southwest of Pago Pago. Prepare on taking 4 to 8 hours to hike the 7.4-mile round trip to the summit and back. See more info about the hike.
On account of its remote location (and American Samoa's relatively tiny population), fewer than 4,000 people visit the park each year. For perspective, more people hike Diamond Head Crater near Waikiki, HI, in a single weekend than all the travelers hiking National Park of American Samoa in an entire year. So enjoy tropical solitude. To continue adventuring, also consider the park's even more remote trails on Ta'u and Ofu islands. See details and maps for the trails.
Seasons and Hours
The park is open all year, but has few facilities (which are still under development). There is a temporary visitor center in Ottoville (near the Pago Pago International Airport) open only during weekdays.
American Samoa is roughly a 5-6 hour flight from Honolulu, HI, with Hawaiian Airlines being the only major U.S. carrier offering flights to Pago Pago (two weekly flights from Honolulu).
Average Temps (ºF) High/Low
January - 87/76
April - 87/76
July - 84/75
October - 85/76
Approximate Flight Time From...
Honolulu, HI - 5-6 hours
Los Angeles, CA - 10-11 hours
Seattle - 11-12 hours
Dallas, TX - 13-14 hours
Chicago, IL - 14-15 hours
New York, NY - 15-16 hours