National Park of American Samoa
Pago Pago, American Samoa
- The Wonder
- South Pacific rain forests and coral reefs in a gorgeous, remote tropical oasis. The only National Park south of the equator.
- The Adventures
- 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.
- Getting There
- 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...
Los Angeles, CA - 10-11 hours
Seattle - 11-12 hours
Chicago, IL - 14-15 hours
New York, NY - 15-16 hours
America the beautiful. You got that right. From the skytops of the world's tallest trees to the underwater color-play of tropical reefs, the National Park Service (NPS) oversees hundreds of parks and areas to conserve many of our country's most precious natural wonders.
Fewer than half of the national parks charge entrance fees, which usually range from $5 to $25 (often just per vehicle). Children 16 and under are always admitted for free. Daily fees for camping usually range between $10 and $20 per party.
If you're planning on visiting multiple parks, the NPS also offers America the Beautiful Passes that cover entrance fees at any national park.
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