Introduction to American Samoa

Pago Pago is among the most beautiful places in the world. Pago Pago Harbor is surrounded by majestic mountains covered in lush tropical foliage. The harbor is large enough to accommodate the largest ships in the world and provides safe haven for vessels of all kinds.

The village of Pago Pago sits at the back of the harbor and extends up the mountain toward the village of Fagasa, nearly dissecting the main island of Tutuila. Pago Pago was once the center of activity on Tutuila and, as such, became the capital of the territory.

Tutuila is the largest island in the eastern part of the archipelago known as Samoa. This can be confusing because the western part of the Samoa archipelago is the independent state of Samoa, while the eastern part of the island group is the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. On this website we will favor referring to American Samoa as Pago Pago, to help differentiate it from Samoa.

When we use the name Pago Pago, we are not referring to the village of Pago Pago. Rather, we are using Pago Pago as reference to the entire territory, including Manu'a, Rose and Swains. If we are referring to the village named Pago Pago, we will be specific.