American Samoa is truly an off-the-beaten-track destination—a visit to this island territory with a population of about 70,000 carries full bragging rights. The very name of the capital, Pago Pago, conjures up images of South Seas types, like Somerset Maugham, sitting on bar stools under whirring ceiling fans. Dominated by Rainmaker Mountain and sitting on a beautiful harbor, Pago Pago lies within easy reach of isolated beaches, rocky islands, and authentic villages. The National Park of American Samoa has easy walking trails with sweeping views, and the snorkeling is magnificent in Fagetele Bay Marine Park.
- Make Underwater Friends Pristine Ofu Beach’s water, home to more than 300 species of fish, are deep enough for excellent diving.
- Dive in a Park The National Park of American Samoa is the only American park south of the equator; hike in its rainforest before snorkeling and diving in its coral reefs.
- Visit a Volcanic Island This U.S. territory has five and, though there haven’t been eruptions in 100 years, they’re still worth a peek.
- Take in a Cricket Match The Samoan version of cricket—played here and on neighboring Samoa—employs the same bat and ball, but with different and often varying rules.
- Eat Very Local Eating is a beloved pastime on both Samoa and American Samoa; try fire-roasted coconut cream and taro leaves, breadfruit, and cooked green bananas.