American Samoa National Park

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American Samoa National Park is a tropical paradise located in the South Pacific, comprising parts of three islands. Its unique ecosystems, from coral reefs to lush rainforests, provide a vibrant backdrop for outdoor exploration.

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Fast Facts

State(s): American Samoa
Area: 13,500 acres (54.6 sq km) – 61st largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Lata Mountain – 3,163 ft (964 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sea level
Date Established: October 31, 1988
Annual Visitors: 28,626 visitors in 2018
Nearest Town: Pago Pago

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Mount ‘Alava Trail (7.3mi out & back)
  2. Tumu Mountain Trail (5.6mi out & back)
  3. Mount ‘Alava Adventure Trail (6.1mi loop)
  4. Pola Island Trail (0.6mi out & back)
  5. Tuafanua Trail (1.2mi out & back)

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in American Samoa National Park

American Samoa is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in American Samoa National Park.

  1. Snorkeling and diving in Fagatele Bay
  2. Samoan culture experience at the visitor center
  3. Bird watching (over 35 species to spot!)
  4. Beachcombing on Ofu Beach
  5. Fishing according to local customs

🛎️ Where to Stay Near American Samoa National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. There aren’t any near American Samoa, though, so here are some other options.

  1. Sadie’s by The Sea – 7.5 mi from park
  2. Tradewinds Hotel – 8.0 mi from park
  3. Sadie Thompson Inn – 7.2 mi from park
  4. Tisa’s Barefoot Bar & Grill – 9.0 mi from park
  5. Alega Beach Fales – 5.0 mi from park

🍔 What to Eat Near American Samoa National Park

After hiking and exploring American Samoa National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

  1. Tisa’s Barefoot Bar & Grill (Seafood) – 9.0 mi from park
  2. Goat Island Cafe (Cafe, American) – 7.5 mi from park
  3. The Equator Restaurant (Polynesian, Seafood) – 8.0 mi from park
  4. 1602 Kofe Haus (Coffee, Bakery) – 7.2 mi from park
  5. Sadie’s by The Sea (American, Seafood) – 7.5 mi from park