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Tutuila Island, American Samoa


 Tutuila Island  Tutuila  is American Samoa’s largest island.  The territory’s capital, Pago Pago, is  sheltered by one of the most beautiful and deepest natural harbors in the South Pacific.  Nearly dividing the island in two, Pago Pago Harbor is majestically framed against the steep and picturesque backdrop of Rainmaker Mountain. 

The center of all administrative  and economic activity in the territory, Tutuila is also home to approximately 95% of  American Samoa’s population of 65,500 (July, 2005 est.).  Over two thirds of the island’s  56 square miles is comprised of steep, lush mountains.  A large portion of the only U.S.  National Park south of the equator is located on the island of Tutuila, along with the  highly acclaimed national marine sanctuary of Fagatele Bay. The island also hosts the  world’s largest tuna canning facility, Starkist Samoa. 
Source: American Samoa Office of Tourism
Photo: Rainmaker Mountain overlooks Pago Pago Bay.

When you say you are going to American Samoa by airplane, you will fly to Pago Pago International airport on Tutuila.
You actually do not land in Pago Pago, the small village at the end of Pago Pago harbor, but at the airport to the west in the larger flat area by Tafuna. Tafuna is the area where most foreigners live who work in American Samoa.


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