American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The Samoan Islands include Samoa, a sovereign island nation, and American Samoa, which is U.S. territory comprising five volcanic islands and two coral atolls. The main island is Tutuila, which includes the capital city of Pago Pago, the harbor and the main international airport. Most of the 64,000 residents of American Samoa live on Tutuila. Tourists likewise stay in Pago Pago, although there are accommodations available in the Manua Islands of Ofu and Tau. The climate is sunny and warm from May to November, but it can get pretty wet during hurricane season after that. Get a car for hire in American Samoa and you can explore Pago Pago and the rest of Tutuila or go beach hopping on Ofu and Olosega.
The capital city of Pago Pago is not exactly what you would call a tourist paradise. But you will be seeing it because the tourist facilities are all here. You might as well make the most of it by getting a car for rent in American Samoa and checking out the sights. Visit the Jean P. Haydon Museum and take a drive on Afono Pass with scenic spots overlooking the harbor. Mt Alava offers even more of a sweeping view of the harbor. You can dive, snorkel, and swim around in Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary or hop across to Aunuu Island to enjoy the surf and spray at Maamaa Cove and the red quick sands of Pala Lake.
Ofu is the most scenic of the Manua Islands and offers white sand beaches. The twin islands of Ofu-Olosega are separated by a narrow strait, called the Asaga strait, which is spanned by a bridge. The beaches are on the south coast, with the water and coral offshore included as a part of the national park. There are great dive spots here and you can combine snorkeling with a day out on the beach. The village of Ofu is on the island's west coast and Olosega's village is on its northwest shore.
Tau is the largest of the Manua Islands, with half of it being managed by the U.S. National Park Service. The rest is sparsely populated by Tau village and other smaller villages. You can venture deep into dense forests or follow the craggy cliffs along the coast high up above the sea. There are no resorts or restaurants, and visitors bring their own supplies. If you are feeling adventurous, pencil in a six-hour hike to the massive Judds Crater. There is no walking trail and you will need a guide to take you there and bring you back safely.
You can head out for a scenic coastal drive on any of the islands. Book your car rental in American Samoa right now and figure out where to go after you hit the road from Pago Pago. Follow Route 1 along the coast for 20 minutes to Tula Village on the eastern tip of the island. Along the way, you will be passing Pago Pago Harbor, the national park and Fagaitua Bay. Go southeast on Route 1 from Pago Pago, and it takes the same 20 minutes to reach the other end of the island at Nua-Seetaga Bay near Seetaga.
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