Aiga (Ainga) Bus
Buses run by various villages will pick you up and take you where they go. The fare is negotiated with the driver, and the palagi price can be higher, but it is a good deal and it is fun to hear the music, and see all the decorations on each bus. No two are the same.Related to:
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Taxis are cheap around Pago Pago, although not too plentiful (not like in independent Samoa, where they abound). A ride from the airport to the city centre (about 20 minutes' drive) will cost only about US$7.
In most instances, you can take a bus for even cheaper (see that section), but at night, to and from the airport, or to destinations not served by the buses, the taxis are certainly cheap enough.
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I flew to Pago Pago from Apia in independent Samoa with Polynesian Airlines on board a tiny 19-seater plane. The journey is gorgeous, first flying over the rainforests of Upolu (independent Samoa) and then descending between the steep, volcanic mountains of Tutuila (American Samoa). The journey takes about 35 minutes and costs SAT380 (£75) for a round-trip. You can also fly with South Pacific Express from Apia, or catch a boat, although I don't have those details.
Internationally, you can fly to Pago Pago from Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines.
Also, there is a boat between Apia and Pago Pago, but I don't know the details for this.
Get around in living colour!
The buses around Tutuila (the main island of American Samoa, where Pago Pago is situated) are full of character; bright, wooden things with bizarre, old-fashioned structures. You might get on a bright green bus, or one with flames painted on the sides, or professional graffiti, and so on. The buses call at just about everywhere on the main roads of Tutuila and the driver can take you somewhere off the main route (within reason) if you ask, too. Prices are between 50c and US$2 or so, depending on how far you go. Pay the driver when you get off.
Catch the buses either by flagging them down as they approach or at the main bus station in Pago Pago.Related to:
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Fly between Pago and the Manu'a Islands (Ofu and Ta'u airports) on the domestic carrier Inter-Island Airways, but book ahead as the tiny 19-seaters get booked up quickly.
I flew from Pago to Ofu, but unfortunately can't remember how much it cost. It was affordable, though.
I used Polynesian Airlines...
I used Polynesian Airlines (very funny) from Port-Vila (Vanuatu).
And I left with the same airline to Papeetee (French Polynesia)
On Upolu, I found nothing looking like a 'public transport' but I guess you may hitch-hike. Anyway cars are not so common.
I personnally rented a car for a day to go around the island (renting is of course expensive but worth if you don't have much time). It is DEFINITIVELY WORTH to drive around Upolu.
A paved road is supposed to go round the island, but you may check conditions before, beacause after a thunderstrom or hurricane (I missed one), road can be blocked by stones / trees or landslide..
You will then have to turn back (as I did).
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