Pago Pago Travel Guide

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Pago Pago Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiul scenery, friendly people, barter system works 

  • Con
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     dirty, congested, not many beaches. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nice place to visit, but you'll be glad to get home. 

Pago Pago Things to Do

  • Ghost Hunting

    Head towards Poloa or the west side of the island on Highway 001. You'll pass an old boat laying in some grass on your right and there's a road next to the boat that heads up the mountain. You won't miss the boat, there's not a whole lot here. Head up the road and if you look carefully you'll see an old run down building surrounded in jungle...

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  • Blow Hole swimming & snorkeling

    Make sure the tide is down and head to the blow holes in Vailoatai. You can jump in some of them and explore the under water sea caverns. There's also some snorkeling outside of the caves.

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  • Free Sailing in Pago Pago Harbor

    Every Saturday at 12 noon the yacht club meets. They have Optimist , Laser and Hobie 14 & 16 classes. It's free and you can learn how to sail in Samoa! The yacht club is across the street from the only post office on the island close to Utulei.

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  • Mt Alava Hike

    This is probably the best hike on the island. Park your car in Fagasa pass, you'll see a sign (park at the sign) and a dirt road that heads up to Mt Alava. Hike up the dirt road all the way up to the radio towers. The best views of Pago Pago Harbor are from here. Keep hiking up past the radio towers to the large "congregational hut". If you look...

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  • Snorkling

    Park your car near the Pala Lagoon and walk next to the airport fence across from Coconut Point. Walk all the way around the corner, past the 'point' of the airport and there are several areas to snorkel. The reefs, accompanied by the crashing ways all around, keep the big fish out and provide a huge area of large clear pools to snorkel in.

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  • Shopping

    Pago Plaza is actually a large place. There is a lot of tourist stuff to buy. Prices are a little high. If you cross the street and go one block you will find small local shops with real Samoan goods. The prices are marked, and high. The people running the shops will barter with you. I bought all my gifts and the marked price was $125. After...

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Pago Pago Transportation

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    by scaleguy Written Oct 31, 2004

    The daily trip from Vaitogi to Pago Pago is about 8 miles. The drive took me 30 - 40 minutes. Basicly one road on the island. one lane going each direction. It was under construction when I was there. Very winding and follows the coast. Watch out for cars and buses entering from unseen dirt roads.

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Pago Pago Shopping

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    by scaleguy Written Oct 31, 2004

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    Find the true local shops. The people are willing to barter, but beware of imported reproductions.

    What to buy: They do make great wooden dishes. Highly decorated and even the sticker price is reasonable. They will still barter with you and you get a better price.

    What to pay: You should be able to get gifts for everyone for less than a hundred dollars. Take your time.

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Pago Pago Local Customs

  • Dogs and Chickens

    Every where you go you will see dogs and chickens. Nobody seems to own them and the locals like to watch the dog fights in the streets. That being said, small spare ribs do not come from cows. If you're at a local resturant, you may be served dog. It is actually pretty tasty.

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  • Sacred Time

    About 6 PM all the bells on the island ring and sacred time begins. This can last for up to an hour. I do not recommend trying to enter a village during the scared time. You will probably be asked to leave. The main road is OK to be on and you can get to your hotel.

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Pago Pago Warnings and Dangers

  • Mud slides

    I went during the rainy season. Watch out for mud slides. 7 people died the day I got there. There are many cliffs along the road and the ancient volcanic ash can let loose with no warning. Watch for the water falls while it's raining. This is the most likely place for the mudslides to happen. They do put up some protection from falling rocks but...

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  • Petite women be cautious

    I did see a few things that I found disturbing. While at the Chicken of the Sea plant I saw a small women wlking down the hall. Five men walked by her and started hitting her with their heavy rubber gloves. When I asked about it, I was told, that because she was so small she was considered to be a prostitute. In the eyes of these deeply religious...

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Pago Pago What to Pack

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    by scaleguy Written Oct 31, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Pack an empty duffel. You'll need it to bring all your gifts home.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rain gear.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic first aid and an emergency dental kit.

    Photo Equipment: Spend a little money on a panoramic disposable. It is worth it.

    Miscellaneous: Food and water. Or find a grocery store.

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Pago Pago Favorites

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    by scaleguy Written Oct 31, 2004

    Favorite thing: I carry a bag of change in my laptop case to get through airport security faster. I just put this bag in my pocket when I go somewhere. I was buying a can of juice and pulled out this bag of change. When the people at the counter saw it they surrounded me. They wanted my change and no was not an answer. It turns out that money is expensive to ship to Samoa. I had $15.00 in change and managed to keep only $2.00 after this incident. Bring a lot of change with you. If you try to buy something the price may be rounded to the nearest dollar.

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