Spread over the main island of Tutuila and the Manu'a islands some 68 miles to the east, this national park is the southernmost in the U.S. park system. The most accessible section is the rainforest region in the north of Utilia, reached via a bumpy road to the town of Vatia from where several walks begin. The easiest is the 650-foot Pola Island Trail (Pola Island is also called Cockscomb due to its dramatic shape), while the most challenging is the three-hour round-trip
trek to the summit of Mt. Alava for fantastic views over Pago Pago Harbor, the iconic Rainmaker Mountain, and Cockscomb. From the summit there's also a view of the Manu'a Islands, known for their excellent diving and rainforest walks. There are flights and boat trips to the Manu'a Islands; however, a guided tour is the best way to visit. The national parks office in Pago Pago is the best starting point for advice and maps. The staff can also advise on a Samoan homestay, an unusual opportunity to meet the locals and gain a real insight into island life and culture.
Main Road, Pago Pago, American Samoa