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Lots of information about the island and Pago Pago, the small cruise harbor with everything within walking distance from the port. US dollars only, several stands with souvenirs, woodwork and textiles like Hawaiian shirts. Prices vary a lot – be careful!
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Great information - can get your NPS passport book stamped here. I am not sure what is on the ground level, but it was under construction when we went - so entrance was through the back. Loved the school paintings that were on the outdoor...More
US National Park Services usually have very nice visitor centers, this one (possibly the southernmost US national park in the world) is no exception. It is not very big but has informative exhibition and many cute miniature models. The exhibitions are also in both English...More
I stopped by the Park office twice during my five-week stay on American Samoa. I went to find a book on Samoan history (there weren't any) but found staff that were so genuinely warm and friendly I stayed around to chat about the island and...More
The visitor centre is on the 2nd floor of the MHJ building across the road from the Pago Way gas station. The staff are really friendly and helpful, you can get a stamp for your passport and there are films and exhibits to see. A...More
Although the office is not "in the middle of everything", it's worth locating. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable, and the displays are relevant and interesting. They highlight some aspects of the islands and of the park that permitted us to make some choices among...More
We watched a 30 minute film on the making of tapa cloth; we both found it interesting. We also spent a few minutes reading the signs and looking at the displays in the small center. Learned that the clam I had seen while snorkeling is...More
This was a terrific place to start when considering exploring the nature of American Samoa. The Center is fairly small, but packed with information about the geology of the Islands and the region, in addition to the wildlife of the area (land and sea). If...More
The visitor center is open regular hours and they can help you with logistics. I am not aware of any hours on the park as it contains villages and roads that people use. The problem lies with getting into it and knowing... More
The visitor center is open regular hours and they can help you with logistics. I am not aware of any hours on the park as it contains villages and roads that people use. The problem lies with getting into it and knowing where it is. I used a taxi driver for the day but some people rented a car and had good maps. As much as I enjoyed the individual bus system, I would not depend on it to get me to and fro the parks. There are hiking trails in the park on different sides of the island that are always available for use. I would check with the customs of the villages before I went. They like people that are respectful and not scantily clad. I hope I am not making it sound hard, it is just unique in the park system and worth the research.
So sorry, I didn't see this question when it was posted, and that was some time ago now. In any event, I can't answer it because I don't know where the cruise ships (I'm assuming you are coming in on a cruise ships) tie up... More
So sorry, I didn't see this question when it was posted, and that was some time ago now. In any event, I can't answer it because I don't know where the cruise ships (I'm assuming you are coming in on a cruise ships) tie up (or where tenders dock). I flew to American Samoa and there were no large ships in port while I was there. However, Pago Pago is a relatively small place, so in all likelihood it will not be too far from wherever you are. It's generally pretty humid, however, so even a short walk can get uncomfortable in a hurry. You might want to be adventurous and take one of the ubiquitous "aiga buses" (named after the Samoan word for family, not the sound their horns make) that run back and forth on the main road. They cost $1.00 per person, make frequent stops, and will give you a little taste of Samoan culture. Just be prepared for some loud music blaring from the audio system!