Wharfs in the Manu’a Island Group include the Ofu, Faleaso, and Ta’u Wharfs. These wharfs are much smaller than the Pago Pago Harbor. The largest vessel normally accepted at these wharfs is the MV Sili. Only Ta’u Wharf has more than one dock. DPA is in the process of redesigning the Ofu dock. The redesign will drop the main dock deck down to accommodate the small fishing boats and also the MV Sili. There will also be a boat ramp included in the redesign for the ASG vessel. Similarly, Ta’u Wharf is being redesigned. The design for the new dock has been completed and it is expected a boat ramp is also proposed at Ta’u Wharf.

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TRAVEL TO OFU & TAU

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The MV Sili boat is predominantly a cargo service between Tutuila and the Manu’a islands that also carries a limited number of passengers. The boat accommodates up to 20 passengers. The return service operates bi-weekly, and additional services can be chartered by locals for special events such as weddings or funerals. The crossing between Pago Pago and Ofu is 60 miles one-way. The boat can travel at a maximum speed of 8 to 9 knots, resulting in an 8-hour ride, one-way. Ticket prices for this service are $20 for a one-way ticket. Chartering the boat costs range from $10,000 to $14,000. Click here for more information.

 

Private charter boat: Pago Pago to Ofu-Tau.

Private boats can be chartered between Pago Pago and Ofu/Tau; however, this option is very expensive, though assumed to be less than the cost to charter the MV Sili. Weather can hinder trip length and comfort for passengers and in extreme conditions prevent trips from occurring.

 

MANU'A INTER-ISLAND WHARFS

 

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The wharfs at Falesao and Ofu anchorages the MV Sili Ferryboat and Segaula Catamaran for islanders traveling between the Manu’a Islands. These two wharfs are always booked with passenger waiting for the next voyage to Tutuila, American Samoa. The small wharf at Tau is usually occupied by alia (small fishing boats) for local fishermen.

manus-wharf-3The only wharfs with taligalu (ocean walls) stretching towards the open sea are in Tau and Ofu. These walls were constructed decades ago for the people of Manu’a. The Manu’a Islands is untouched with the influence of production industries and technologies so its presence is naturally clean since a hundred years ago. 

The people of Manu’a are known to exclusively live off the land and sea. There are plantations often seen throughout the islands with the endless variety of fishes from the sea. The locals are living a healthy way of life.