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« on: March 01, 2010, 09:49:38 AM »

http://www.travelchannel.com/Places_Trips/Travel_Ideas/Beaches/Beach_Guide/Ofu_Beach_American_Samoa?tr=1&rpp=-1&cp=1

The islands of American Samoa, Tutuila and Manua'a, are in good company in the South Pacific, a region renowned for perfect beaches and dreamy hideaways. While Ofu, Olosega and Ta'u are accessible by airplane, they are remote, unpopulated and quiet. The beach at Ofu stretches for just over  miles, but the sheer beauty of this curve of sand and the relative emptiness of its shores make it one of the best beaches in the world. The soft pink sands are ideal for strolling and the protected waters are home to thriving coral reefs and a variety of sea life.

The allure of Ofu stems from its seclusion and desert-island fantasy; however, this is also its fatal flaw. While escapists and adventurous backpackers are drawn to Ofu's simplicity and remoteness, this is not the typical beach vacation and Ofu is not the typical beach town. The price of unspoiled beauty and uncrowded beaches is limited amenities and facilities, and visitors will not find extravagant chaise lounges and cabanas on the beach. Sometimes, even the most practical necessities of drinking water and restrooms are hard to reach. Tourism is limited and there are very few options for travelers looking for accommodations, dining and activities for the family near Ofu Beach.

 
Child-Friendliness
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Many children will not appreciate the best qualities of Ofu Beach and American Samoa in general â" tranquility and lack of tourism equals little to occupy the little ones.
Swimming
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The turquoise water is perfect for snorkeling and swimming.
Sand
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The coral sand is fine and soft, perfect for walking.
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The islands are beautiful and exotic, but may offer a little too much peace and quiet for a lengthy visit.
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While there are plenty of trails for hiking and other islands nearby, there is little to do on Ofu aside from enjoying the beach and Samoan culture.
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