Pola Islands, Tutuila, American Samoa http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pola_Islands_Tutuila_NPS.jpg Tavita Togia, National Park Service
Places in American Samoa on this website
American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that is administered as an unincorporated territory of the United States. It is located to the west of Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and south of Tokelau.
American Samoa comprises several islands, the largest and most populous of which is Tutuila. Other islands within American Samoa include the Manu'a Islands, Rose Atoll and Swains Island. In total, the land area of American Samoa is 76.8 sq mi (199 sq km). The territory has a population of 66,500 people (2011 estimate). The capital is Pago Pago while the seat of government is at Fagatogo.
Being an unincorporated territory of the United States, American Samoa uses the US dollar as the official currency. It is eleven hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-11), making it the last place in the world to enter a new day.
Ofu Beach http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ofu_Beach_NPS.jpg Peter Craig, National Park Service
Ofu, Manu'a Islands, American Samoa http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AmSamoa_Ofu_160.JPG Marshman
The first European to sight the islands of American Samoa was Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who arrived there in 1722. Then in 1768, French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville also arrived there, and named them the Navigator Islands. There is not much contact between American Samoa and the outside world until 1830, when John William from the London Missionary Society began mission work in the Samoa's.
By the late 19th century, Pago Pago Harbor has become an important refueling station for ships passing through the Pacific Ocean. Both German and American forces claimed the Samoa's. This was resolved with the 1899 Tripartite Convention giving the eastern islands to the Americans, known today as American Samoa, while the western islands are now wholly within the independent state of Samoa (although American Samoans still refer to it as Western Samoa).
View of Olosega (right) from Ofu (left) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ofu_Olosega_NPS.jpg Peter Craig, National Park Service
Visiting American Samoa
Flights to American Samoa land at Pago Pago International Airport (PPG). Located in Tafuna, about 3 miles (5 km) to the southwest of Pago Pago, it is also called Tafuna Airport. The airport receives regular scheduled flights by Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu, Polynesian Airlines from Maota, Samoa, and Inter Island Airways from Faleolo International Airport in Samoa.
For better connection, fly to Faleolo International Airport, located 25 miles (40 km) to the west of Apia, the capital of Samoa and then connect to Pago Pago. The Faleolo Airport has flights by Inter Island Airways to Pago Pago, Ofu and Tau in the American Samoa. It also gets regular flights by Air New Zealand from Auckland, by Air Pacific from Honolulu and Nadi, Fiji, by Polynesian Airlines from Maota in Samoa, from Tongatapu in Tonga, and by Polynesian Blue from Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney.
Aerial view of Olosega village http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Olosega_Village_Aerial_NPS.jpg Peter Craig, National Park Service
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