Comprised of a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and New Zealand, American Samoa is located about 100kms east of Samoa. This tropical island nation is famous for its spectacular natural features, which include tranquil bays, traditional villages, mountain ridges and beautiful beaches and reefs. This is an excellent place for water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling.
The Manu’a Islands are a popular area for those who love soaking up the sun on the beach and exploring the area’s natural beauty. Made up of Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u, this area of American Samoa is praised for its low key atmosphere and the ability to lounge beside one of the inviting lagoons in virtual solitude.
Tutuila is the area’s main island, famed for its harbour and overlooked by rocky cliffs, which are a good place to practice rock climbing. A popular excursion here is trekking across to the islet of Aunu’u, while other prefer to simply sink into the powdery sand on one of Tutuila’s pristine beaches or take a scuba diving trip to explore the underwater world which simply teems with colourful coral and marine life.
While finding luxurious accommodation can be rather challenging, there are some world class hotels and resorts available for tourists. Those with big budgets can find top of the range accommodation, with prices matching those of major North American cities. It is easy to arrange tours and other activities at these establishments.
African Samoa is rather difficult to get to. Most visitors arrive at Pago Pago International Airport (PPG), which is located at Tafuna. However, African Samoa can only be reached by air from Honolulu, Apia and Samoa. A ferry service also travels between Pago Pago and Apia once a week.