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American Samoa Cruises

Southeast of the Samoan islands lies American Samoa – equally matching in beauty and perhaps even rivalling the views of other South Pacific destinations. 

Made up of five islands and two coral atolls, American Samoa has an abundance of glistening golden sands and topaz waters along with stunning underwater life.  

Tutuila is the main island, possessing enchanting reefs, rugged peaks, palm-covered paths and vast greenery. Like most of the islands, it remains relatively unspoiled, meaning that visitors can enjoy the country’s best beauty spots without the heavy tourist presence.

Underrated and understated, American Samoa is the ideal location for those seeking a spot of serenity.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Men and women both wear a lavalava (a wraparound skirt). 
  • The islands’ only three land mammal species are all bats.
  • The country’s main industry is tuna processing.
  • Society is organised with a chieftain hierarchy called the fa’a.
  • American Samoa has three airports, but no railways. 
 

Highlights

Life by the sea

Succulent seafood delights freshly caught from the ocean are among the must-try culinary pleasures on a cruise to American Samoa. You could join a fishing trip from the harbour to catch some tuna, marlin or sailfish, something fishermen from all over the world travel here to do.

Spectacular views

Back on dry land, the delights of the sea are transformed into an ‘umu feast’, featuring staple dishes such as Oka l’a, pisupo and palusami, the traditional dish of the islands. This is a coconut-infused meal wrapped in a taro leaf combining the best of the island’s natural ingredients.

Many restaurants close to the harbour offer traditional cuisine. With authentic Samoan food and the accompanying views of the Rainmaker Mountain and Pago Pago harbour, the port makes for a wonderful afternoon of munching and musing.

 

History

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It’s a testament to the strength of Polynesian culture that their way of life has persisted despite centuries of rule by foreign powers. Indeed, this country has only been known as ‘American Samoa’ since 1911.

The islands were first discovered by Dutch and French explorers in the late 18th century, before English traders and missionaries began arriving in the 1830s. Unsurprisingly, the Samoan islands – and Pago Pago Harbour in particular – soon became a much-valued refuelling stop for European trading and whaling vessels.

The American Samoa of today traces back to the turn of the century, when the Samoan islands were divided up between the Germans and Americans. The latter soon established Pago Pago as a full-fledged naval military base, and the military influence persists to this day – American Samoa has the highest rate of military recruitment into the US Armed Forces of any US state or territory.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting American Samoa

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