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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required Local Travel Restrictions and/or Quarantine Required Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, National Park of American Samoa is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

Though there is little information provided, the park alerts give a pretty clear picture at the moment that it would be difficult to get to this park and extreme precautions are in place to keep the local community safe and healthy. Currently there is no travel to American Samoa from Hawaii and border restrictions are in place for local area travel. We suggest contacting the park directly if you plan to visit soon. For more information on the restrictions in the American Samoa, visit the source link below. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

National Park of American Samoa is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

National Park of American Samoa is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of and the local community for more detailed information.

Local Travel Restrictions and/or Quarantine Required

National Park of American Samoa currently has travel restrictions, usually set by state and local communities, that usually do not allow or require people traveling to the area to quarantine for 14-days before doing anything in the state or area. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings of certain sizes. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

National Park of American Samoa currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 23, 2021
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***Discover Our Parks, LLC takes no responsability in the accuracy of these alerts, which are taken directly from NPS.gov, and we provide them for informational purposes only. Please refer to NPS.gov for more information.

About National Park of American Samoa

The Samoan Islands are a part of Polynesia and have been inhabited by people for more than 3,000 years. The islands are 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, 1,800 miles northeast of New Zealand, and adjacent to the international dateline (see figure 1). Stretching east to west for 300 miles, the Samoan Islands include the U.S. territory of American Samoa and the independent nation of Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) (see figure 2).

Figure 1: Location of the Samoan Islands in the Pacific
Figure 1: Location of the Samoan Islands in the Pacific
Figure 2: The Samoan Archipelago
Figure 2: The Samoan Archipelago

American Samoa, the only U.S. territory south of the equator, consists of five rugged volcanic islands and two coral atolls. From west to east, these islands are Tutuila, its smaller neighbor Aunu’u, and the three islands of the Manu’a Group —Ofu, Olosega, and Ta’ū. The land area is 76 square miles and the population is approximately 55,000 (2010), with most people living on the island of Tutuila.

Oral traditions and archeological evidence support the idea that Samoa is one of the original homelands of the Polynesian people. In American Samoa, 90% of the population is Samoan or other Pacific Islander. Samoan is most islanders’ first language and they live the Fa‘asamoa—the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Samoan culture. Many Samoans still live interconnected with their environment and use the tropical rainforests, coral reefs, and the ocean for subsistence and cultural practices.

In 1988, the National Park of American Samoa was authorized to:

“…preserve and protect the tropical forest and archeological and cultural resources of American Samoa, and of associated reefs, to maintain the habitat of flying foxes, preserve the ecological balance of the Samoan tropical forest, and, consistent with the preservation of these resources, to provide for the enjoyment of the unique resources of the Samoan tropical forest by visitors from around the world.”

The National Park of American Samoa has three separate units on the islands of Tutuila, Ofu, and Ta’ū. The park’s 6,303 acres of land and 2,800 acres of water contain wild, scenic paleotropical rainforest, coastal areas, and coral reef environments. American Samoa’s paleotropical rainforest is composed of plants and animals from the “Old World” ecosystems of Southeast Asia (predominantly Indonesia), as opposed to the distant Americas. The park contains a wealth of important cultural resources that have strong connections to past and present Samoan people.

The park’s land base was established in September 1993 when a lease agreement was signed between the American Samoa Government and the National Park Service. The park is unique in the national park system in that all the land is owned by individual villages and leased to the National Park Service. The lands designated in the enabling legislation are within the villages of Fitiuta, Faleasao, Ta’u, Olosega, Ofu, Afono, Vatia, PagoPago and Fagasa. The current 50- year lease represents an experiment between two very different land tenure philosophies—the South Seas matai communal land arrangement kept by oral tradition and custom and the English surveyed, deeded, written, and recorded system.

Figure 3: Tutuila Island
Figure 3: Tutuila Island

The Tutuila unit of the National Park of American Samoa is the most accessible unit of the park and comprises approximately 2,500 acres of land and approximately 1,200 acres of offshore waters (see figure 3). The park encompasses entire watersheds from some of the highest points in American Samoa to the coastlines and marine areas. Here and throughout the islands, the tropical rainforests cover steep slopes of the islands from the waterline to the tops of the mountains. Twenty-one acres at the summit of Mt. Alava, including the upper terminal of the aerial tramway, power poles, transformer, and TV transmitter, are owned by the American Samoa Government and are excluded from the park’s lease.

The Ta’ū unit is about 60 miles east of the island of Tutuila, comprising approximately 3,700 acres of land and approximately 1,100 acres of offshore waters (see figure 4). Samoans believe the sacred site of Saua on Ta’ū is the birthplace of all Polynesia. Beyond Saua around Si’u Point is the dramatic southern coast, where waves crash against the rocky coast and sea cliffs stairstep to the summit of Lata Mountain—the highest point in American Samoa at 3,170 feet/966 meters.

Figure 4: Manu‘a Island Group
Figure 4: Manu‘a Island Group

On Ofu island, about 10 miles northwest of Ta’ū, is the Ofu unit of the national park (see figure 4). This is the smallest unit with about 70 acres of land and approximately 400 acres of offshore waters. The island’s coral reefs are healthy, diverse, and an outstanding example of South Pacific marine habitat. With its remoteness, the 2 mile beach in the park can be enjoyed with few, if any, other people.

Source: Foundation Document – National Park of American Samoa

| The National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific, to a world of sights, sounds, and experiences that you will find in no other national park in the United States.

Enjoy this unique national park and the welcoming people of American Samoa. We are here to protect its rich culture and natural resources. Come explore them with us! | National Park of American Samoa | | https://www.nps.gov/npsa/index.htm


Fast Facts:

Date the Park was Established:October 31, 1988
Park Area (as of 2019):8,256.67 acres (33.4 km2)
Recreational Visitors (2018 Total):28,626 visitors

Park Weather

American Samoa is in the South Pacific Ocean, between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. A tropical climate prevails with warm or hot temperatures year-round and high humidity. Rain showers are frequent and can last only for a few minutes or all-day. The average annual rainfall is 125-inches in the dryer areas to as much as 300-inches in the highest mountains. Tropical storms are more prevalent during the long, wet summer season (October -May) and a slightly cooler and drier season (June-September)