National Park of American Samoa, Pago Pago

4.4
#1 of 13 in Parks in American Samoa
PARK HISTORY

Established on October 31, 1988 (PL 100-571). The park has units on three tropical islands (Tutuila, Ta’ū, and Ofu) in the Territory of American Samoa, located in the South Pacific Ocean. Because the park could not purchase traditional communal land, it was not until 1993 that the park signed a 50-year lease agreement with eight participating villages. Congress approved an expansion of the park on neighboring Olosega Island in 2002 that incorporates two additional villages. Website: www.nps.gov/npsa. Phone: 684-633-7082.

PURPOSE

The National Park of American Samoa, the only National Park Service site south of the Equator, provides habitat for oceanic paleotropic rainforests and Indo-Pacific coral reefs that are unique within the National Park System. The park’s purpose is to preserve and protect the tropical rainforest, coral reefs, archeological and cultural resources of American Samoa, to maintain the habitat of flying foxes, preserve the ecological balance of the Samoan tropical forest, and, consistent with the preservation of these resources, to provide for the enjoyment of the unique resources of the Samoan tropical forest by visitors from around the world.

RESOURCES

The park consists of expansive tropical rainforests on steep volcanic mountain slopes, surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. About 30% of the plant species are endemic to the archipelago. Subsistence farming is allowed. The only native mammal species are three species of bats, including large fruit bats with 3-foot wingspans. There are 35 species of native birds. The marine system is highly diverse with some 950 reef fish and 250 coral species, as well as rare and endangered sea turtles and humpback whales. Over a hundred nearshore species are harvested for food (subsistence fishing is allowed within the park). All of the park’s resources are interwoven within the Samoan culture. In keeping with the meaning of the word Samoa—“sacred earth”—the park helps protect fa’asamoa—the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the 3,000-year-old Samoan culture.

STATISTICS

Size: 13,500 total acres (9,500 land acres and 4,000 marine acres—mostly coral reefs).

11.7 miles of trails.

Staffing: 25 employees (permanent, term, and seasonal), 25 American Conservation Experience (ACE), 1 volunteer, and 24 firefighters.

Annual Visitation: About 23,000.

Budget: FY13: $1.86 million ($537,000 is paid annually to the villages for land leased by the park).
Before you head to Pago Pago, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Pago Pago trip itinerary planner , to make sure you see all that Pago Pago has to offer, including National Park of American Samoa.
Source
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including National Park of American Samoa
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
National Park of American Samoa Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
53 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Our expectations of the National Park were not high - there just wasn't a lot of research online. Once we arrived, we fell in love. It is rustic and primitive - solitude is easy to find. Beauty is aro...  more »
  • The only U. S. Park South of the equator. It is amazingly beautiful but pretty rustic with unimproved roads in some places. An easy must see while on American Samoa.  more »
  • It is certainly not the best of the national parks, but was interesting. The park staff is wonderful. They were pleasant, informative and very friendly.  more »
Google
  • The most beautiful national park in the world!
  • Well my little cousin told me they went there for a field trip and she saw amazing birds,trees,and even sounds that birds make. She can't wait to go to national park and one day I'll visit it too...😃😃😃.
  • No guides on weekends but still worth going on your own for the amazing views. I hear hikes are steep but good. Will try next time. Go at sunset to the outlooks.
  • Beautiful place. What more can you say? Enjoyed my time there.
  • Beautiful views with great hike trails and beaches. Also providing a lot of info on the parks themselves
Places to stay near National Park of American Samoa

Plan your trip to Pago Pago

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to National Park of American Samoa by other users

9 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 39 days in Pago Pago BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, beaches, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Pago Pago BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Pago Pago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, beaches, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in American Samoa BY A USER FROM BRAZIL February, culture, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans