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We will be in America Samoa for a day in April 2020.

We would like suggestions, from those that have been, on things to do or possibly a great tour for the day so we can see the island.  

Looking for a great experience. 

Thank you for your assistance!

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We were there in November 2019. First we booked a local bus tour inside the perimeter of the port wehre all the vendors have put up their stalls, then we looked at the bus and decided to cancel because the bus had wooden seats that barely fit 2 people.

 

Outside the port gate, locals were offering their tours. We took one of the taxis for one and a half hours. He took us up to an overlook of the other side and then we went down again to drive along the coast line. We were more interested in learning about  life on the island than seeing another beach. I probably asked the driver more questions than he could answer. 😉

 

By the way, the island is vey pretty. 

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5 hours ago, Floridiana said:

We were there in November 2019. First we booked a local bus tour inside the perimeter of the port wehre all the vendors have put up their stalls, then we looked at the bus and decided to cancel because the bus had wooden seats that barely fit 2 people.

 

Outside the port gate, locals were offering their tours. We took one of the taxis for one and a half hours. He took us up to an overlook of the other side and then we went down again to drive along the coast line. We were more interested in learning about  life on the island than seeing another beach. I probably asked the driver more questions than he could answer. 😉

 

By the way, the island is vey pretty. 

 

Hi Floridians for your reply.

 

I was researching local transport and schedules last night.  I like your idea though.

I have not seen very many tours online so I may just wait the day of and arrange something at the port.  Was there anything other than the lookout that you feel was a must see?   Could you give me an idea of the cost of the 1.5 hours?

 

Thank you so much!

J

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I don't remember the cost. It was not high and was decided before we left.

 

Another option would have been to drive down on the other side into the Natl Park. The park service offered tours on the ship and at the port. Our driver said everybody wants to go to the park, but according to him, it doesn't look better than the coastline on the non park side. We wouldn't know, of course.

 

There isn't that much to see except verdant nature. The hospital, the school, the parliament, the city park, churches, the tuna cannery (outside and smell)… Pago Pago is a modest village strung along the fjord. Our driver was from Samoa (Apia) where these buildings are large and impressive - paid for by loans from a Chinese bank. Like many of his compatriots, he had come to American Samoa to work in the tuna cannery. Now he is married to an American Samoan wife and doing well without tuna. He said that American Samoans go to the mainland for education and jobs. Some come back. 

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Sounds like you had a great discussion as part of your tour.

It is great to learn about the people as well as seeing the countryside.

We are really looking forward to seeing these islands.  

I am sure no matter what we do we will have a great time. 

Thank you so much for the post.

J

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We were there in March this year. We did Best Tours/Tour American Samoa, they have a website. They were with everyone else at the Pier.

Yes the bus seats are a bit hard on the backside but you are in and out of the bus. The best thing about the busses are the artwork on the outside. 

We had a good time. And yes the island is lovely.

 

 

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17 hours ago, Cathy611 said:

We were there in March this year. We did Best Tours/Tour American Samoa, they have a website. They were with everyone else at the Pier.

Yes the bus seats are a bit hard on the backside but you are in and out of the bus. The best thing about the busses are the artwork on the outside. 

We had a good time. And yes the island is lovely.

 

 

 

Hi Cathy,

Thank you so much!  I will look into this group.

Did you have a guide?  Anyone you would recommend?

How many did the bus hold?  

Thank you again

Jonathan

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Hi Jonathan 

 

Yes we had a guide, a young lady studying to be a nurse. Very informative and taught you a few local words as well. As we were there on a Saturday, her services were free as Saturday is volunteer day and everyone comes out to do a few things for a few hours for the community. Not once did you get the impression of that I have to be here.

The bus would hold about 30. They are a F350 chassis and the bus is built on top.

Cathy

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3 hours ago, Cathy611 said:

Hi Jonathan 

 

Yes we had a guide, a young lady studying to be a nurse. Very informative and taught you a few local words as well. As we were there on a Saturday, her services were free as Saturday is volunteer day and everyone comes out to do a few things for a few hours for the community. Not once did you get the impression of that I have to be here.

The bus would hold about 30. They are a F350 chassis and the bus is built on top.

Cathy

 

Cathy

Thank you for the detail.  This is excellent.

Jonathan

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Island Thyme,

 

Great blog! And great photos! We were indeed on the same cruise without ever taking the same tour. On Mystery Island's main island we took a very similar tour. I did not even know there was a second one by a different villager. Excellent translation for the mystery sign. I thought it meant that you were not allowed to let your cow into the garden, but your interpretation sounds much more likely.

 

Island Thyme made the pretty wool ball for my handicraft bag. Thank you very much. I do not remember if I ever said thank you. If not, I apologize.

 

 

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