Pago Pago is the capital and largest settlement in American Samoa with a population of roughly 20,000 inhabitants. The town is located along the Pago Pago Harbor on the island of Tutuila and is a major tourist destination, mainly catering to North American tourists. It is a colourful town with a harbor surrounded by dramatic cliffs, which plunge almost straight into the sea. All facilities are located in or around Pago Pago and it makes for a great holiday, with some snorkelling nearby as well as walking and climbing the nearby peaks.
Pago Pago has a hot and humid tropical climate. Temperatures hoover around 30 degrees Celcius throughout the year and never drop much lower than 23 or 24 degrees at night. Temperatures are slightly higher during the wetter November to March period and slightly lower between April and October. This last period is the best season to visit as it rains less (but still significantly) and there is almost no chance of hurricanes, which can strike from December to March. Pago Pago is one of the wettest inhabitant places anywhere in the world, so be prepared to get soked sometimes.
Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) on Tutuila Island receives all international air traffic. Polynesian Airlines, Inter-Island Airways and Hawaiian Airlines all serve American Samoa. Destinations include Los Angeles, Tonga, Samoa, Auckland and Sydney.
The only option to get to American Samoa by boat is taking the MV Lady Naomi. It operates between the capital of Samoa, Apia and Pago Pago once a week departing Apia every Wednesday at midnight returning from Pago Pago every Thursday at 4 pm, taking around 7 hours to complete the journey. Expect rough rides now and then. Although it costs about half compared to a plane ticket, it is rather basic and takes much much longer of course.
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