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American Samoa

2,600 mi SW of Honolulu, HI




8,256.67 acres


28,626 in 2018


American Samoa National Park, located in the South Pacific Ocean, encompasses pristine tropical rainforests, coral reefs, and volcanic landscapes across three main islands: Tutuila, Taʻū, and Ofu. This unique park offers visitors a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Samoan people, as well as stunning natural beauty. With rugged coastlines, white sandy beaches, and lush forests, the park provides opportunities for hiking, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can explore ancient Polynesian villages, learn about traditional Samoan culture, and experience the warm hospitality of the local community. American Samoa National Park is not only a sanctuary for diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems but also a place of cultural significance, where nature and tradition come together in harmony.


American Samoa National Park is home to a diverse array of marine and terrestrial wildlife, thriving in its tropical rainforests and coral reefs. Beneath the waves, vibrant coral reefs teem with colorful fish, sea turtles, and other marine creatures, making it a paradise for snorkelers and divers. Along the shores, endangered species like the green sea turtle find refuge, while seabirds soar above the cliffs and coastal areas. Inland, the park's lush rainforests harbor native bird species such as the rare and endemic Samoan moa, as well as fruit bats, lizards, and insects. Despite its small size, the park boasts incredible biodiversity, offering visitors a unique opportunity to observe and appreciate the wonders of the South Pacific's natural world.

Sounds of the Park

Things to Do

Visitors to the National Park of American Samoa can go hiking, snorkeling, or birdwatching. To immerse visitors in local Samoan culture, visitors can partake in the Homestay program, staying with a local family instead of at a hotel (though as of 2024, this program is unavailable until further notice).

When to Visit

American Samoa has a tropical climate with warm weather year round (around 80 degrees Fahrenheit on average). Though no time of year is truly free from rain, the dry season occurs from around May to October. Since the middle part of the dry season (June-August) tends to be busier, the best time to visit the National Park of American Samoa would be either early or late in the dry season (either May or September-October).

Ties to Stephen Mather

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Fun Fact

The National Park of American Samoa is the only unit of land operated by the National Park Service to be located in the Southern Hemisphere.

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