National Park of American Samoa

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

November 10, 2014 through November 18, 2014

NPCA Member Price

$3,745 per person double occupancy; $405 single supplement

Deposit

$500 per person

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

November 10-18, 2014

This trip is now full but a waitlist is available. Interest in 2015 departure? Email travel@npca.org

Located half way between Hawaii and New Zealand, the Samoan Islands (including American Samoa and the Independent State of Samoa) are comprised of volcanic islands, lush rainforests, and sandy beaches. Experience the National Park of American Samoa, natural island beauty, and warm hospitality of the Polynesian culture on this tour. Combine this trip with NPCA’s Hawaii tour for an extended exploration of Polynesian culture in the islands of the Pacific.

The national park in American Samoa is the only national park in the country in which the federal government leases the land. NPCA takes you see each of the three main sections of the parkland.

By visiting all three areas, you’ll gain a better understanding of the critical habitat to unique tropical animals like the red footed booby, green sea turtles, and fruit bats. You’ll also have opportunities to hear Samoan legends and myths from the locals, and receive a traditional Samoan welcome on a village visit.

For details about this trip, download the brochure (pdf)

Tour Highlights

National Park of the American Samoa

A national park is spread across three separate islands, including Tutuila Island, Ofu Island, and Ta’u Island, the National Parks of American Samoa was established in 1988. It both protects critical habitat of unique tropical animals like the red footed booby, green sea turtles, and fruit bats, as well as shares Samoan legends and myths with park visitors.

Cultural Immersion

NPCA participants will have the opportunity to learn local customs, crafts, and the south Pacific lifestyle from village residents in a traditional village setting. Activities might include weaving with palm leaves, climbing coconut trees to gather food, or fishing Samoan style.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Honolulu, Hawaii

Length of Tour

8 days/7 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Round trip airfare to and from destination, inter-island airfare, baggage fees for inter-island flights, gratuities for guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 120 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 185 days prior to tour start date are subject to $250 per person handling fee; between 184-121 days prior to tour start date to $500 per person fee; and within 120 days of departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. If you need assistance, NPCA recommends contacting Travel Insurance Services.

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Daily Itinerary

November 10: Arrivals in Honolulu, Oahu, to Tutuila, American Samoa

Following individual arrivals on the island of Oahu, we meet at the Honolulu International Airport to fly together to Pago Pago, American Samoa. Our evening flight allows for sunset views as we fly south. Sadie's by the Sea (D)

November 11-12: Tutuila, American Samoa

We begin with an orientation, introduction to fellow travelers before starting our walking tour and bus tour of town highlights, visitor center, and other local spots of interest. Continue by bus and drive up the ridge for vistas of Tutuila, including the first glimpse of the National Park of American Samoa on the north side of the island.

Continue with a full day in the Tutuila section of the National Park of American Samoa. Covering the entire north side of the island from Mt. Alava and the Maunaloa Ridge and stretching between Fagasa and Afono Bays, the park is home to the only mixed species, paleotropic rainforests in America’s national parks. We’ll drive across the mountains and along coast, passing villages whose chiefs in 1993 signed 50 year leases to create the national park—the only national park in the country in which the federal government leases the land.

Exploration includes an easy hike along the Pola Island trail at end of Vatia village for an overview of Pola island and Vai`ava Strait National Natural Landmark. Those that are interested may have the opportunity to hike the more moderate Tuafanua Trail for panoramic views of the region. We also receive a traditional Samoan welcome on a local village visit. Sadie's by the Sea (B,L,D)

November 13-15: Tutuila and Ofu, Manu`a Islands, American Samoa

Board and inter-island group flight to Ofu in the Manu`a Islands, where we will explore the National Park of American Samoa (Ofu Island section), which stretches along the southeastern side of the island from mountain to lagoon, encompassing both beach and coral reef. We will have time to hike, snorkel, and explore the park’s beach environment and marine life. Our visit at Ofu will include a special lunch at Olosega Island, Ofu’s sister island in the Manu’a island group.

We’ll continue with our exploration on Ta`u—the second largest island in American Samoa. Approximately half the land on Ta’u Island is within the national park, making the Ta`u section the largest segment of the National Park of American Samoa. The stature of the Ta’u section comes not only from its size and beauty, but also from its connection to Tu`i Manu`a, the oldest chiefly title of the Samoa Islands and Polynesia. Accommodations on Ta`u (B,L,D)

November 16: Ta`u, Manu`a Islands to Tutuila, American Samoa

Sunday is a day of rest in Samoa, so travel services and planned activities are limited. We’ll have time to explore the beaches and other areas around Ta’u before our afternoon flight back to Tutuila, and to simply take some time for some traditional seaside relaxation. Sadie's by the Sea (B,L,D)

November 17: Tutuila, American Samoa to Honolulu, Hawaii

Spend your day at leisure or opt for a moderate to strenuous morning hike to Mount Alava in National Park of American Samoa. We enjoy a farewell dinner while regaling stories of the week, before boarding our nighttime flight back to Honolulu, Hawaii. (B, D)

November 18: Departures from Honolulu, Hawaii

Group arrival in Honolulu, Hawaii, on early this morning, followed by individual departures home.

Note: All days and times are approximate and subject to change upon confirmation. Tour activities may change due to weather or ocean tides. As with all things dealing with Mother Nature, seeing wildlife are not guaranteed. All participants are required to have a valid passport.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price

$3,745 per person double occupancy; $405 single supplement

Deposit

$500 per person

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation Association is delighted to sponsor this Pacific Islands Institute trip to Hawaii. Upon registering as a participant for this tour, you will receive further information from both the National Parks Conservation Association and Pacific Islands Institute.

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Lodging Info

Sadie's by the Sea

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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