National Park of American Samoa

One of the best things to do while in the territory is to visit the National Park of American Samoa. The National Parks Service has a presence on island and they manage the only rainforest in America! Read more

American Samoa Immigration: Staying legal in Paradise

A common question about American Samoa is from people visiting and people considering a move to the island. What is American Samoa Immigration like? As you may notice, there is not much information online about what is and is not the rules. Read more

Taking the bus in American Samoa

 

If you are visiting American Samoa, the reality is you will probably need to take the local bus while on island. It is not as bad as it sounds to be honest. Riding the bus in American Samoa in different is every way. It just is not like we think of public transportation in America. Read more

Travel America : American Samoa – A Backpackers guide

Alot of Americans dream about doing a tour of travel America. It is a goal for many to visit their own country. One place that very few actually make it is American Samoa in the South Pacific. There is reasons for this. One of them being the distance (it is closer to Australia than California) and another is the cost of flights from the mainland. Read more

Pago Pago International Airport Guide

If you are flying into American Samoa, you will arrive at the Pago Pago International Airport in Tufuna. According to traffic controllers, it is known as PPG Airport. It is more accuately called Tafuna Airport because the airport is in the village of Tafuna, not Pago Pago which is by downtown American Samoa. It is 7 miles from Pago Pago village.

Like so many of the airports in the South Pacific, it was built in a rush to give American fighters and bombers places to take off from and land in the war in the Pacific against the Japanese. Pago Pago International was started before the war but was finished very quickly after the outbreak known as Pearl Harbor.


Three weeks after opening the airport, it was the host of a squadron of VMF-111 fighters. The primary role to protect the Navy as they came in from submarine attacks.

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Who goes to American Samoa today?

The history is cool but you came for useful information, right? You need to know who goes to the airport and when they travel. The answer is simple: Hawaiian Airlines has a monopoly on the air route for the long haul. It will not change anytime in the future.

If you are traveling from Samoa or to Samoa; the connections are on small planes that makes 4-5 trips a day. Between the two airlines, you have about 10 options to travel with. There are no special or promotions so you can plan for $160 round trip.


The important thing to know about travel to Samoa is on the other side. Polynesian Airlines lands at Fagali’i Airport that is just outside of Apia. Inter Islands Airways uses the international airport at Faleolo that is 30 kilometers from the town.

*Samoa Air is currently looking for new aircraft and dealing with governmental problems. 

Hawaiian-Airlines

The Hawaiian trip to Pago Pago International Airport

If you are traveling to American Samoa from anywhere beside the South Pacific (and Australia or New Zealand); you will probably be forced to pay the over priced ticket using Hawaiian Airlines. It goes on Mondays afternoon from Honolulu and returns later that night.

Prices are currently $589 one way and $1,027 round trip from Hawaii. According to Cheap-O-Air, a flight to Los Angeles (same distance) round trip is $483. The largest concern for traveling to American Samoa for most is the cost of the airfare.


According to the website of Hawaiian Airlines, they leave at 4:45pm out of Honolulu and arrive at Pago Pago International Airport at 9:30pm. The flight is 5 hours and 45 minutes. The return flight is 11:25pm and arrives the next morning back in Hawaii.

What about Ofu and Tau Airports in Manu’a?

The current situation with flights to Ofu and Tau is a moving target so you would have to contact Inter Island Airways as they are the only air service to the airports. They seem to only service them when they have the extra time, aircraft and pilots.


If you are going to the Manua Islands, I would suggest checking out the ferry downtown in Pago Pago. It goes about once a week.

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What about the terminal itself?

It is a pretty small airport even though it is classified as an international hub. It reminds me of a regional airport in the Philippines. There is no jet bridge at the airport. it is the old walk down the stairs way in American Samoa. The waiting room is modern and air conditioned.

However, US Congress currently has before it a plan to upgrade the Pago Pago International Airport that would include a jet bridge and completely new control tower.


It is also worth noting that American citizens are on US soil and they can remain in American Samoa as long as they wish. Citizens from a dozen other countries on the US Waiver program can come as they wish as well.




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Moving to Boracay Island

Living in Boracay Island is very popular among some people looking to retire and be a beach bum. What is living on Boracay like and is it for you?

I will warn you, there is about a million tourist come through a year!

Before we start, understand that I am not a fan on Boracay Island and think is is a cheap knockoff of Hawaii. It use to have an amazing beach and it has been over ran by Koreans and Chinese tourists.

However, being the beach bum does really make some expats excited. Tim Tebow said it is his favorite place in the world once.


positives of living on Boracay Island?

Well, you have one of the best sunsets in the world. That alone could be a big draw. You also have something touristy to do any day of the week. Both of those are great to have at your fingertips.

The other positive is the development. You have everything you need, including Friday’s Hamburgers, right there and you would not need to leave the island very often for much.

LBC also delivers anything you need to the island from Manila so that is nice.


and the negatives

Well, the government there is corrupt as hell! Everything has a form and a fee and they add up. The current mayor, John Yap is probably the worst mayor in the country for this.

Add to that, you have a million tourist coming and destroying the island on their vacation. It has and does alot of damage to the place.

Another issue is all the vendors selling you everything from hats to sunglasses to jet ski package every 10 feet. It gets annoying.

The big issue for me is the growing prostitution problem on Boracay Island. It is out of control and the Police are doing nothing to stop it.




Taufua beach fales is the place to be!

If you are looking for a great beach experience on your Samoa Holidays, checking out Taufua beach fales is something you would be very interested in. It is the closest to the hostel experience that you will get in Samoa. I really enjoyed the time I spend there every time I was in Samoa. Read more

Samoan beach fales are amazing!

I have traveled the world but I have to say that sleeping in beach fales on my Samoa holidays is probably some of the best sleep I ever got. It is not five star resort hospitality and it is natural and very comfortable. Read more

Sina PJ Fales is a backpacker’s haven!

One of my favorite places to stay in Samoa is called Sina PJ Fales in the village of Tafitoala on the south coast of Samoa’s main island. It is not just cheap but some of the best Samoan hospitality I have seen anywhere in the country. Read more

Surfing Holidays in Samoa!

I am not much of a surfer. I have tried but failed badly. However, I have been around a lot of people on their surfing holidays. I just wanted to give this disclaimer as someone that is close but not as an actual surfer. Read more