American Samoa holidays guide, travel information
Help American Samoa, things to know for travel, required documents, the best times to go there.
- Capital: Pago Pago
- Surface area in square kilometers: 199
- Population: 67.352
- Religion: mostly Christian Congregationalists, followed by Catholics, Protestants and other religions.
The Samoa islands form an archipelago in the South Pacific. The archipelago is divided between Western Samoa and American Samoa corresponding to the eastern islands, which are an unincorporated territory of the United States of America. American Samoa are formed from the island increased, Tutuila, the island Aunu’u, the Manu’a group of islands formed by volcanic islands of Ta’u, Ofu and Olosega, the atolls Rose and Swains. The closest islands to the north are the islands Samoa Tokelau, south Tonga, the Cook Islands in the east, west and the islands of Wallis and Futuna. The island is of volcanic origin Tutuila, reaches maximum altitude with Matafao Peak which rises to 653 meters above sea level on the coast of the island lies the capital Pago Pago that overlooks the great natural harbor, Pago Pago Harbor. Near the island of Tutuila there is the small island of Aunu’u and about 100 Km to the east lie the islands of Tutuila and Ofu Olosega in the group Manu’a. The two small islands are connected by a bridge, they are of volcanic origin and are characterized by steep mountains. The highest peak of the two islands is Mount Piumafua (639 m) which is located on the island Olosega; while the island of Ofu reaches its highest point with the Mount Tumu (494 m asl). Ofu island itself has a wonderful beach of white sand along the reef front part of the National Park of American Samoa. Ta’u is the largest island in the Manu’a group, is of volcanic origin and reaches maximum altitude with Mount Lata, 995 meters above sea level (the highest peak of the American Samoa), most of its territory is part of the National Park of American Samoa. The south coast of Ta’u is characterized by high cliffs overlooking the ocean.
The climate of American Samoa is tropical. The heat is mitigated by sea breezes and, during the austral winter (May to October), the trade winds blow from the southeast, fresh and quite dry. The rainy season begins in November with the arrival of the southern summer, which coincides with the hottest period (January-March), and wetter year. Rainfall is most intense in the months of January and February. During the austral summer typhoons can occur.
The population consists mainly of Samoans.
UTC/GMT -11 hours
The official languages are English and Samoan.
The economy of American Samoa is mainly based on agriculture practiced on land owned by the municipality (over 90%). The main products are coconuts, bananas, taro, vegetables, fruit of the plant bread, copra, pineapple and papaya. Economic activity is closely tied to the United States, with which they are most of the market, accounted for almost entirely by the export of tuna that is fished and worked in the canneries on the island (80% of employment).
When to go in American Samoa
The best time to visit American Samoa is from June to September.
Passport valid for at least six months past the date that you intend to leave in the country.
US citizens and US nationals do not require a visa.
For some nationalities are required 30-day entry permit on arrival and for other nationalities are required to apply for an entry visa.
Calling Code is 00684
Supply electricity: 120V 60 HZ.
The US dollar is the official currency of American Samoa.