Of course, no port-of-call is complete without shopping. When cruise ships arrive at Pago Pago, passengers are often greeted by the site and sounds of the decorated aiga (local family-run) buses waiting to take the visitors to various destinations around the island.
Also there to greet the new arrivals are vendors from the local villages who set up portable stations and kiosks, offering a variety of colorful souvenirs and handicraft items, including Samoan mats, baskets, fans, siapo (tapa) and wood carvings from local village artists.
The Fagatogo open-air marketplace is the favorite local place to sell and purchase fruit, vegetables, flowers and other fresh produce. On Sunday mornings, ministers and gospel singers gather at the marketplace for worship and prayer. The marketplace also serves as the Tutuila aiga bus depot, where the small local buses gather for departure to their various destinations.