American Samoa - Profile
- The two neighbouring Samoas are very different from each other, American Samoa being a US Territory, while Western Samoa is an independent state. American Samoa comprises all the Samoan islands east of the 171° parallel, that is the main island of Tutuila, as well as Aunuu, the Manua Group, Rose Island, and Swains Island.
- This US outpost in the South Seas attracts most cruising boats because of the availability of US goods, excellent provisioning and good communications.
- It is Pago Pago which attracts most cruising sailors, either to reprovision in its well-stocked supermarkets, or to spend the cyclone season in this scenically beautiful and well protected harbour. Unfortunately the local fish cannery is a major presence in the harbour.
- Repair facilities and services for yachts in Pago Pago are quite limited. Until there is a marked improvement in yachting facilities, Pago Pago is best regarded as a convenient reprovisioning stop and nothing more.
- Cruisers report that Pago Pago is populated by warm, friendly people who are hard working, devout family centered people.
The Samoans have embraced the American way of life wholeheartedly, which has led to a high standard of living compared to their neighbours, but also to increased crime, especially in the capital Pago Pago. This does not however tend to affect the cruising community.
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There is very heavy rainfall all year, especially from December to April, which is the cyclone season. The average temperatures are 24-31°C (75-87°F). May to November are the trade wind months and are less humid.
National Weather Service
NOAA agency that covers weather forecasts and severe weather warnings for the USA, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
A useful guide to South Pacific weather resources complied by a Noonsite contributor, Rory Garland.
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