Welcome to the Port of Pago Pago, your gateway to the magnificent islands of the Territory of American Samoa. Lying south the Equator, American Samoa is the most southern point of the United States domain. Like no other islands in the South Pacific, your first glimpse of the main island of Tutuila as the sun rises from the east are of the rugged mountain peaks covered in pristine tropical rainforest, jutting out of the Pacific Ocean. Then, as your enter Pago Pago Harbor in the center of the island, towering ahead and on either side are Mount Alava, Mount Matafao and Rainmaker Mountain, protecting the harbor and all who sail into her.
The Port of Pago Pago is a modern gateway offering all the facilities and amenities cruise liners and companies are looking for. The harbor itself was created by nature with an average depth of 30 fathoms (180 feet) and is wide and deep enough to cater to any size ship or vessel. The Port can with ease berth two cruise ships at any one time, with ample room in the harbor to anchor another or two for tender access. Our Department of Port Administration gives cruise ships top priority, clearing the main dock of all vessels and closing the Port to all other vessels for the duration of the cruise ships visits. Working with other local Government and Federal agencies – United States Coast Guard, and the American Samoa Government Departments of Agriculture, Customs and Immigration and your shipping agent, formalities and processing is done in a timely manner from the moment the ship ties up to quickly disembark your passengers on shore. Welcome to our islands.
|Contact on arrival:||Port Director - Taimalelagi, Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele|
|Phone - (+1684-733-3076 / +1-684-633-4251)|
|Deputy Port Director - Christopher J. King|
|Phone - (+1684-258-5464 / +1-684-633-4251)|
|Harbor Masters Office:||VHF Channel - 16|
|Telephone - (+ 1-684-633-2101)|
|Notice Required - 96 hours|
|Are cruise ships given priority to berth?||Yes|
|Are these restrictions on arrival/departure times?||No|
|Normal working hours for:||Pilot - 24 hours|
|Linesmen - Arranged with Agent|
|Tugs - 7:30am to 4:00pm, after hours upon request and|
|vessel arrival schedule.|
|Winds - Easterly Tradewinds|
EXPLORE OUR ISLANDS
American Samoa has a total land area of 76 square miles made up of five volcanic islands (Tutuila, Aunu’u, Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u) and two atolls (Rose and Swains). Including our marine waters and 200 mile exclusive economic zone the Territory’s total area is 117,500 square miles, about the size of the State of Oregon or New Zealand. With steep volcanic mountains, the tallest peak Mount Lata 3170 feet on Tau Island and Mount Matafao at 2142 feet is the tallest on Tutuila Island. American Samoa is a tropical paradise and the climate averages 80° -83° Fahrenheit all year round with the ocean waters that surround our islands averaging 82° -86° Fahrenheit. With 90% of our islands covered in untouched tropical rainforest the flora and fauna are very unique.
The National Park of American Samoa is the only US National Park south of the Equator, offering challenging and dramatic hiking trails to historical sites, secluded beaches and villages. Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of only 13 conservation areas throughout the United States. From hiking the tropical rainforests, to swimming, snorkeling, diving or fishing our surrounding ocean waters, American Samoa is an eco-tourism haven and undiscovered holiday paradise.
EXPERIENCE OUR CULTURE
American Samoa’s islands make up the eastern part of the Samoan archipelago, whose people are Polynesian. Archaeologists state early Polynesians traveled from South East Asia into the Pacific populating the islands of the western Pacific from Papua New Guinea to Tonga and Samoa. From Tonga and Samoa sometime later they migrated east to populate the Cook Islands, Niue, Tahiti and Rapanui (Easter Island) before heading north to Hawaii and south to Aotearoa (New Zealand) ending the great Polynesian migration. Today Samoan’s are regarded as the largest full blooding Polynesian race left in the world. Fa’asamoa or the Samoan way is the foundation of Samoan society, culture and heritage. Aiga (extended family) is the core of the Fa’asamoa, the head of the family are matai or chiefs and each family member has their role to play in their tautua, or service to the extended family. Our customs and culture are over 3,000 years old and has changed very little. The major western influence has been Christianity which forms the spiritual basis of Samoan society.
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY
You have searched the world for a vacation spot that is undiscovered and of the beaten track. Here is a holiday destination like no other in the Pacific. Our lush tropical rainforests are vast, offering challenging hiking trails and breathtaking views, to the surrounding ocean waters, with sea life like whales, dolphins, turtles and exotic fish. Go diving to view the brilliant colored reefs and fish or try a spot of game fishing and hook a tuna, marlin, or sailfish. If it’s shopping you came for then you will be surprised at the vast and very inexpensive range of American goods you will find on island. History buffs, visit the Historic Preservation Office and pick up guides to the Territory’s US Naval history and visit gun placements at Blunts and Breaker’s Point that protected Pago Pago Harbor entrance during World War II. If you just want to get away, pack a few books and switch off the cell phone.