Getting Around in American Samoa
There's no better illustration of the physical isolation of American Samoa than the fact that you can only fly direct to Tutuila from Apia (Samoa) and Honolulu (Hawai'i). It's for this reason that many visitors tie a trip to this far-flung US territory to an exploration of Samoa and/or other South Pacific destinations.From Samoa, you can fly to Pago Pago with Inter-Island Airways and Polynesian Airlines
Hiring a car allows you to explore Tutuila quickly and comfortably via the island's good sealed roads. That said, complete reliance on a hire car will rob you of the unique cultural experiences that can be gained on public transport. When hiring a vehicle, check for any damage or scratches before you get into the car and note everything on the rental agreement, lest you be held liable for damage when the car is returned.
Villages and towns on the island of Tutuila are serviced by 'aiga-owned buses. All buses display the name of their final destination in the front window. To stop a bus, wave your hand and arm, palm down, as the bus approaches.
The American Samoa Inter-Island Shipping Company (633 4707) operates a cargo vessel called the Manu'a Tele, which departs Pago Pago for the Manu'a Islands on Wednesday at 10pm; the trip takes eight hours. Tickets are only sold from 8am on the day of departure; the boat operator's waterfront kiosk is otherwise unmanned. This boat is a good option for divers who want to transport tanks to the Manu'a Islands, which they cannot do by plane.
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