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American Samoa Travel Guide

Accommodations and Food

Most visitors stay at Vaoto Lodge, near the beach beside the airstrip on Ofu. The nine renovated fan-cooled rooms with private bath and one larger suite with a kitchen and living area are in five duplex units built in 1979. A covered barbecue pit/patio is available. Cooking facilities are not available but your hosts will prepare good local meals for a fair price. They'll make you feel like one of the family.

Le Asaga Inn, on Ofu facing the Ofu and Olosega Bridge, has six large, clean air-conditioned rooms with two double beds in a single-story house built in 2000. Family style meals are offered or you can cook your own in the communal kitchen. A grocery store is adjacent. Airport transfers are free. (At last report, Le Asaga Inn was closed so be sure to call ahead.)

Call ahead for reservations, because all 16 rooms on Ofu are sometimes full. An alternative is the homestay program organized by the National Park Visitor Center in Pago Plaza on Tutuila, and this must be arranged in advance. The tap water on Ofu is safe to drink but that on Olosega is salty and unpalatable.

Rather than camp along Ofu's beautiful south coast beach, which is now part of the national park, keep east toward the bridge, then just before you reach the bridge cut down to the deserted beach on the north side of the island. You'll be less likely to have visitors here than you would by the road, but bring all the food and water you'll need.

Services

The Amerika Samoa Bank agency which was formerly beside the power plant near the wharf at Alaufau has closed. Change your traveler's cheques before leaving Tutuila and bring cash.

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