Pago Pago (Pronounced Pahngo Pahngo) is a village at the end of the deep water bay with the same name and the reason foreign powers were interested in American Samoa back in 1900.
The Pago Pago village is the namesake of the Pago Pago Harbor, port, and the Pago Pago International Airport, even though the airport is on another part of the island.
Pago Pago, on the main American Samoa island of Tutuila, is protected by one of the most picturesque natural deep water harbors in the world, offering one of the best natural shelters anywhere in the Pacific in addition to excellent cruise ship and maritime facilities. The port offers two berthing locations to commercial vessels, with the capacity to accommodate even the largest luxury cruise liners, including the QE2.
In addition to its excellent port facilities, the territory also boasts an international airport and the most reliable power, water & waste treatment systems, and telecommunications infrastructures in the South Pacific. A territory of the United States, American Samoa is recognized as a safe and stable environment for the potential business partner as well as the leisure traveler. Its close political and economic affiliation with the United States offers political stability, a strong U.S. currency, excellent financial institutions, and the security and recourse of the U.S. legal system.
This old postcard shows Pago Pago bay. Rainmaker Mountain is in the background and the village would be to the left at the end of the bay, not shown.