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Tavita Tusitala

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The National Park of American Samoa
« on: October 06, 2008, 08:42:40 PM »
A park preserving the high mountain and more remote beach areas of the American Samoan islands. The park is both on the main island of tutuila ( Pago Pago airport) on the north shore and beach a rain forest park in the more remote Manu'a islands (Ta'u, Olosega and Ofu)

The high mountain rain forest is not very developed for visitors, but the lower beach sites and nature all around the islands could make a visit worthwhile. Most areas are remote and natural, accommodations and facilities can be difficult. Even the Park Service site has little info. They offer a homestay program to help with accommodations. Not for the day-hiker tourist, this requires detailed planning to mostly take care of yourself and enjoy the difficulties of culture and fa'a Samoa (the Samoan way).

People are very nice and friendly, but don't expect things to move quickly or to find just what you expected.
The park was created in 1993.

Location is remote, 2,600 miles south of Hawaii.
The beaches are beautiful for photographs. Much of the park is dense green forest, you can't see the park for the trees :)

Most of the park is green mountain forests -nps
Beautiful beach views of Ofu adn Olosenga -nps

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Re: The National Park of American Samoa
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2009, 11:54:06 PM »
National Park of American Samoa 

The territory is home to one of the newest U.S. National Parks and the only one in the  southern hemisphere.  Spread across sections of the three picturesque islands of Tutuila,  Ofu and Ta'u, the park preserves the only mixed-species paleotropical rainforest in the  United States, habitat of rare flying foxes, and Indo-Pacific coral reefs.

Most of the  10,500-acre park encompassing the volcanic land area from the tops of the mountains to  the ocean is rainforest.  Approximately 2,500 acres of the park is underwater, including  some of the most beautiful and pristine coral reefs in the South Pacific. 

The park offers picturesque hiking trails, which offer breathtaking views of Rainmaker  Mountain and Pago Pago Harbor, bird watching, ancient cultural sites, secluded sandy  beaches and excellent snorkeling.   

The Visitor’s Center of the National Park of American Samoa is located at the Pago Plaza  and serves as a starting point for passengers coming to shore and other visitors who wish  discover America’s 50 th National Park.   

  National Park of American Samoa  Pago Plaza, Suite #114  Pago Pago, American Samoa,  96799-0001  Phone: (684) 633-7082  Fax: (684) 633-7085  Hours of operation: M-F 8:00am–4:30pm, Sat. 8:00–noon.  Contact person: Doug Neighbor, Superintendent  E-mail: doug_neighbor@nps.gov 

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Video from National Park of American Samoa
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010, 03:19:44 PM »

National Park of American Samoa

<a href="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6727944&amp;amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;amp;show_title=0&amp;amp;show_byline=0&amp;amp;show_portrait=0&amp;amp;color=00ADEF&amp;amp;fullscreen=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6727944&amp;amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;amp;show_title=0&amp;amp;show_byline=0&amp;amp;show_portrait=0&amp;amp;color=00ADEF&amp;amp;fullscreen=1</a>

From a series on the National Parks of the Pacific created for PBS Hawaii to air in conjunction with the Ken Burns series, "The National Parks: Americaʻs Best Idea."

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Re: The National Park of American Samoa
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 06:31:23 AM »
The Samoan culture is Polynesia’s oldest. The first people on the Samoan islands came by sea from southeast Asia.  The National Park of American Samoa is a national park on the American territory of American Samoa. The park includes coral reefs and rain forest and is popular for hiking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.



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Re: The National Park of American Samoa
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013, 05:56:21 AM »
American Samoa's loveliest beach.
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