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Links to more information

These links will take you to sites with more information about American Samoa

 

Pago Pago . com is a great website featuring an easy-to-use telephone directory and business directory for American Samoa along with fabulous photo galleries and much more information.

Pago Pago Marine Charters is a business run by people who enjoy being out on the water and serving the needs of visitors to the wonderful islands of American Samoa. Our charter packages include specialties in Game Fishing, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching or site seeing tours.

The Pago Pago Game Fishing Association was founded by avid anglers for avid anglers. The Association organizes and promotes game fishing in the territory of American Samoa through tournaments and other development activities.

Learn more about Sadie's Hotels and what people are saying at TripAdvisor.

American Samoa Visitors Bureau is the official tourism authority for American Samoa.  This site contains facts and information on American Samoa.

Facebook pages for American Samoa Visitors Bureau

Tisa's Barefoot Bar is a casual local place on the beach where locals and tourists kick back and relax.  The annual Tatoo Fest and Tatoo Friday are featured events. 

Pago Pago Divers is a small operation that takes great pride in maximizing our few dive tourists or temporary workers' local diving experience.

American Samoa Chamber of Commerce site provides business information and contacts.

Government of American Samoa official website of the executive branch. 

 

 

Critter Count

Again, it's the tropics. We share the island with a few crawly critters. Chirping geckos are not unusual, some people even find them sweet. Cane toads hop quietly around and don't bother anyone without a toad phobia. In the bug department, Google “tropical insects” if you are truly curious.  We discourage their company every way we can, but feel free to jump on a chair and scream your head off if you are surprised by the rare unwelcome visitor. On a high note, our jungles are 100% free of man eating mammals or snakes of any kind. Very few dense jungle environments offer such pest free hiking. The National Park has been working diligently for years building trails to previously inaccessible areas high on the island. These trails wind up steep inclines to narrow ridges with mind blowing views, adventure hiking at its very best. Ladders that contour to the slopes are laid on the steepest inclines and ropes are provided to aid your ascent.

 

 

 

The Samoan Islands are home to beautiful birds with lyrical calls. The large sea birds that nest on the cliffs of Pola Island are challenging to photograph.

 

Flying foxes (bats with three foot wing spans) also fascinate our guests. They look like fuzzy Chihuahuas with giant black leather wings and are often seen during the day. They shriek like cats, but they only eat fruit and we promise they will ignore you.

Aromatic Wonders of the Tropics

There are more than twenty words in the Samoan language to describe mold, like Eskimos and snow. If mold were valuable it would be a national treasure. Being hot and humid, it is rather prolific and blooms in every color of the rainbow. While we do everything to combat our tiny flora, it is a part of island life we learn to tolerate.  Open the doors and let the breeze blow through or turn on the air-conditioner and the “aroma of the tropics” quickly goes away. We promise none of our facility will ever look like this photo!

Musical rolling art

Riding the bus is definitely a cultural experience not to be missed.  The buses often blast music so loudly that talking on a cell phone isn’t possible. They are made out of pick-up trucks and each bus is a work of art, or at least, classic kitsch. They run up and down the island all day long, quit around 6pm and don’t run on Sunday. The local name is aiga (aye-enga) bus, which means family bus and they are individually owned and painted. Hop on, but throw your money on the dash board as you leave ($1.00 in town, $1.50 to anywhere else). When you get to your stop, if there is no pull cord, rap on the ceiling or tap your quarter on the window. People tuck quarters in their ears since the ie lava lava (sarongs) don’t have pockets. The bus is a cheap way to get around, ask anyone for the current local price and directions if it’s your first time on the bus. The name of the village the bus is going to is usually posted on the front. There are bus stops in town, but anywhere else just wave when you see the bus and they’ll usually stop.

Gender Bending

Fa’afafine in Samoan describes men who prefer to live as women.  This custom has always been accepted in Samoa and all over the South Pacific.  Pageants are held at different times of the year and guests are welcome to attend.

 

When the Bells Toll

Sa means sacred in Samoan.  Each evening in the villages, including ours, bells are rung to inform people it is time for a moment to slow down and show respect.  Many people use this time to say prayers. People sit quietly for the 15-20 minutes of Sa each evening.  The bells are rung again to announce Sa is finished. Driving is allowed through most villages, but walking is discouraged during Sa so if you are not in your car, just stay where you are or find a shady place to sit for a few minutes.

Nudity is not always good

Most local people swim fully clothed in shorts and T-shirts. Bathing suits are not common, although visitors are welcome to wear them at our resort on the beach and in the pool. In the traditional villages, you won’t often see people in bathing suits though. And swimming on Sunday is against the rules in most villages. Before swimming, please ask someone in the village if you can use their beach, they will usually say yes, any day but Sunday. And just to be polite, wear a T-shirt over your bathing suit.

Check Your Type A Personalities

Please check Type A personalities at the door.  Although we strive to offer the very best available, we are a small, mid-Pacific island and ask for your patience when services are, on occasion, not exactly performed at light speed. We don’t control the internet company or the weather, but we have plenty of cold beer to help you adjust.

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