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Destination American Samoa, this page is about many aspects of the archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. The group of islands with its main island Tutuila, are an unincorporated overseas territory of the U.S. in the southern Pacific Ocean.

Its the United States' only territory south of the equator, situated about 4000 km (2600 mi) south west of Hawaii, east of the island of Samoa (Western Samoa) and 1200 km south of the island of Kiribati.

On the following pages you will find information about American Samoa in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.

You will have access to newspapers from American Samoa and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for the islands.

Whales near American Samoa
Whales near the islands of American Samoa.
Image: American Samoa Visitors Bureau

American Samoa - Dependency of the USA

Country Profile

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Flag of American Samoa

Where in the world is American Samoa?

Official Name:
Territory of American Samoa
short form: American Samoa
conventional short form: American Samoa
abbreviation: AS

ISO Country Code: as

Local Time = UTC -11h
Actual Time: Fri-Oct-9  23:49

Country Calling Code: +1 684

Capital City: Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila.

Unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US; administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior.
Chief of state: President of the United States
Independence: none

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand.
Area: 199 kmĀ² (115 sq. mi.; includes Rose Island and Swain's Island)

Climate: Tropical; dry season (May to October), rainy season (November to April).

Nationality: American Samoan(s).
Population: 55,500 (2010 census)
Ethnic Groups: Samoan (Polynesian) 89%, Caucasian 2%, Tongan 4%, other 5%.
Religions: Christian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and other 30%. Languages: Samoan (closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages), English.
Literacy: 97%

Natural resources: Pumice (very light, porous volcanic rock).
Agriculture products: Bananas, coconuts, vegetables, taro, breadfruit, yams, copra, pineapples, papayas; dairy products, livestock, fish.

Exports - commodities: canned tuna 93%

Imports - commodities: raw materials for canneries, food, petroleum products, machinery and parts

Currency: US dollar (USD)

More about American Samoa

American Samoa is a small archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of five volcanic islands (Tutuila, Ta'u, Ofu, Olosega, Aunu'u, Nu'utele) and two coral atolls (Swain's and Rose Islands). Tutuila contains about two thirds of the total area and is home to 95% of the 64 000 islanders.
In the time of 1000 B.C. Southeast Asian immmigrants arrived in the Samoan islands and from there they settled the rest of Polynesia.

First sparsely contacts with Europeans began in the early 1700s, intensified with the arrival of English missionaries and traders in the 1830s.
International rivalries had been settled by the Treaty of Berlin in 1899 in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago. The US formally occupied its portion.
Despite of modern influences Samoan people still hold firmly to "Fa'asamoa", the traditional Samoan way, related to their language, dress, food, customs and even property.

related countries: Samoa, New Zealand, USA

other Polynesian islands: Cook Islands, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Niue, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu

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Official Sites of American Samoa

Government of American Samoa
The Official Website for the Government of American Samoa.

US Office of Insular Affairs
OIA is coordinating federal policy in the territories of American Samoa and other American territories.

Diplomatic Missions
U.S. Embassies around the world
U.S. representations in foreign countries, links to the American embassies.

National Weather Service Pacific Region Headquarters: American Samoa


Tutuila Map
Detailed map of the largest and most populous island of AS.

Google Earth Google Earth American Samoa
Searchable map/satellite view of American Samoa.
Google Earth Google Earth Pago Pago
Searchable map/satellite view of American Samoa's capital.

Map of Polynesia
Map of the countries in Polynesia, the island states in the eastern part of Oceania.
profile Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands
Reference map of Australia/Oceania.

Ofu beach, American Samoa
American Samoa's Ofu beach in Ofu-Olosega. 


The CocoNET Wireless
Australia based Pacific Islands News and Information (News Archive until May 2006).
Samoa News
Samoa's daily newspaper online.
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Arts & Culture

means the Samoan way - the way of our ancestors, a Samoan chieftain system of hereditary ranks, rules the Samoan society in almost every aspect.
Siapo, also known as tapa, a symbol of Samoan culture, is one of the oldest Samoan cultural art forms; the site also shows Siapo artists and artworks.
Polynesian Cultural Center
A portal to Polynesian culture.


Business & Economy

American Samoa has a traditional Polynesian economy in which more than 90% of the land is communally owned. Economic activity is strongly linked to the US with which American Samoa conducts most of its commerce. Tuna fishing and tuna processing plants are the backbone of the private sector with canned tuna the primary export. The two tuna canneries account for 80% of employment.

American Samoa Government's Department of Commerce
DOC is responsible for the management of economic development and environmental protection for the Territory of American Samoa.

American Samoa Economic Stimulus & Recovery Office
ARRA money watchdog.

Inter Island Airways, Inc
American Samoan charter airline.


Destination American Samoa - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover American Samoa: Tutuila, Ta'u, Ofu, Olosega, Aunu'u, Nu'utele, Manu'a, Swain's and Rose Islands.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, boating, cruising, scuba diving, and much more.

American Samoa Office of Tourism
The territory's official tourism site.

American Samoa
South Pacific Organizer's info page on American Samoa.

Amerika Samoa
One of the first home pages dedicated to American Samoa and has been on the web since 1995.

South Pacific
South Pacific Tourism Organisation
Inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific Islands, find information on: accommodation, activities, online bookings and news.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information
People of American-Samoa
Awa ceremony principals at Flag Day.

Cruise-Liners at American Samoa
Cruise-Liners at Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa. Image:



American Samoa Community College - ASCC
ASCC was established in 1970 to provide post-secondary education opportunities in the liberal arts, teacher training, vocational-technical education and general education to the residents of American Samoa.

Pacific Horizons School (PHS)
A private, K-12 school located on the tiny island of Tutuila.


Environment & Nature

American Samoa National Park
The park contains two rain forest preserves and a coral reef.
Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Information on the coral reef ecosystem nestled within an eroded volcanic crater on the island of Tutuila.
Natural History Guide To American Samoa
This collection of articles provides a glimpse into the marine and wildlife resources in American Samoa's tropical, oceanic environment.
Samoa Observatory
Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, Cape Matatula.
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.



American Samoa Historic Preservation Office (ASHPO)
Protects American Samoa's historic and cultural properties.
History of Amerika Samoa
Wikipedia: History of American Samoa and the Samoan islands.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS)
How Polynesian seafarers discovered and settled nearly every inhabitable island in the Pacific Ocean before European explorers arrived in the 16th century. The Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to restore the ancient tradition non-instrument navigation on the open ocean.



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Other Political Divisions of the United States:
US States | American Samoa | Guam | Northern Mariana Island | Puerto Rico | US Virgin Islands

Other island territories and states in the South Pacific:
Fiji| Kiribati| New Caledonia| Papua New Guinea| Samoa
Solomon Islands | Tahiti | Tonga | Tuvalu | Vanuatu