Visiting American Samoa is unlike any other travel experience you will have in the world. American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific. It is the only paleo-tropical rainforest in the United States. Fruit bats with three-foot wing spans soar through the skies day and night. The rainforest covers the top of volcanic peaks and spills all the way down to white sand beaches. Underneath the turquoise South Pacific waters, over 250 species of coral and 900 species of fish thrive. On Wednesdays and Sundays, one can expect to be serenaded to sleep by the sound of local church bells and choir voices drifting along the warm breeze. But expect to be awakened the next morning by local roosters who take their jobs very seriously.
American Samoa is remote. And with that, comes the feeling of pristine nature and culture yet to be affected by mainland bustling. But it also comes with challenges. Extreme weather, limited infrastructure and plentiful mosquitoes, make this a destination not for the faint of heart.
The only way to fly to AS from the mainland United States is to go through Hawaii. It is the only part of the United States south of the Equator. It’s closer to New Zealand than Hawaii.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Pacific Ocean is huge and American Samoa is a tiny speck in it. When cartographers split the world in half in order to present it on a flat surface American Samoa could be on either side depending on the map makers preferences.
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