Cheap Flights to American Samoa
Flights to American Samoa
American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the South Pacific Ocean, south-east of the islands of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls, with the largest and most populous called Tutuila. The islands are part of the Samoan group and chain, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles south of Tokelau. To the south lie the islands of the Wallis and Futuna. In a 2010 census, the archipelago has at least 55,000 people of Samoan, Asian, American, and mixed descents. The locals live in a 199-square-kilometre land area, with Pago Pago as their capital and Fagatogo as the seat of government. Tuna and tuna products are the main exports, and the main trading partner here is of course, the United States.
During the 1918 flu pandemic, the 12th governor of American Samoa, John Martin Poyer, ordered to quarantine the territory to stop the spread of the pandemic from entering the territories. Because of his actions, no deaths occurred in the area, making American Samoa one of the few places in the world to have prevented a single death during the outbreak. The territory is also noted for having the highest rate of military enlistment of any US state or territory, and has close relations to its mother state. Samoans are mostly bilingual, and can fluently speak English and Samoan or Gagana Fa'asamoa.
What to see & do
American Samoa is a vastly underrated tropical destination that will delight its visitors with the best scenes and naturally complementing landscapes. Magnificent mountain ridges that are strong and sturdy, are decorated with peacefully wonderful bays, while the soporific and quiet villages are uncluttered yet very cultural and full to the brim.
Rainmaker Mountain – known to many as the Rainmaker Mountain, Mt. Pioa is the culprit that traps rain clouds and gives Pago Pago Harbour the highest annual rainfall of any harbour in the world. From afar, it looks like a single, large peak, but a drive up for close-up will reveal that the summit is actually three-pronged. The
mountain and its base are a designated national landmark due to its virgin nature.
Fagatogo Market – like many territories and areas, there is such a place where everyone is welcome to socialise; a park that is filled almost every Friday night. Locals come here to gossip, shop, and even ransack food stalls and buy everything. Come Saturday, nothing will be left – but during the weekdays, a few locals sell Samoan-style 'fast-food' where your $5 will keep you full for the rest of the day.
Leone Churches – the work of John Williams, a missionary eager to spread the word, Leone has actually two churches: one with three towers facing the sea, with lovely stained-glass windows and some beautiful woodwork on the ceiling; while the other is the more timid and less visited one – simple and is quite more for the locals use.
How to get around within American Samoa
Planes, cars, buses, boats, and taxis are the only modes of transport in the area. Upon nightfall, all other modes of transport cease to exist, and taxis will be your only option to get around and enjoy the night lights. Buses do not run on Sundays too, while cars are available for rent at or near the Tutuila airport. Inter-island transfers are either achieved by ferry boats or by plane.
How to get there
The Pago Pago International Airport, also known as the Tafuna International Airport, is an airport located five kilometres south-west of the central business district of Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila. Hawaiian Airlines, Polynesian Airlines, and Inter Island Airways all serve the Pago Pago International Airport. Other countries or areas that do not have direct flights to American Samoa may instead pass through Australia, then fly down to the Faleolo International Airport in Samoa. From the Faleolo, fly to the Pago Pago International Airport.
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