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The gorgeous capital of Pago Pago

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American Samoa Travel Guide

Key Facts

201 sq km (77.6 sq miles).


54,343 (2015).

Population density

270.3 per sq km.


Pago Pago.


US External Territory.

Head of state

President Barack Obama since 2009.

Head of government

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga since 2013.


120 volts AC, 60Hz. US-style plugs with either two flat pins or two flat pins and a rounded grounding pin are in use.

American Samoa is a tropical island paradise at the heart of Polynesia: seven freckles of land featuring volcanic backdrops, tropical forests and wildlife-rich woodlands.American Samoa's islands include Ta'u, Olosega and Ofu, known as the Manu'a group, which are volcanic in origin and dominated by high peaks. The islands' volcanoes, inactive since 1911, have left an intriguing land formation, including cavernous lava tubes.

Most people live in villages along the narrow coastal plains, living off the fruits of the sea, and cultivating agriculture on the plains and nearby hills. Traditional Samoan society is based on a chieftain system of hereditary rank, and is known as the Samoan way or fa'a Samoa. Despite the inroads of modern, Western civilisation, local cultural institutions remain the strongest single influence in American Samoan life.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 24 July 2016

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Crime levels are low.  

Local Travel 

Tropical cyclones can seriously affect local travel, particularly sea journeys.