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Best Hiking Trails in American Samoa

Overview

Belonging to the US, American Samoa consists of seven islands in the South Pacific, some of which are mountainous and have hiking trails.  Not to be confused with Samoa, which is a separate nation (and in relatively close proximity).  There are many trails to explore in National Park of American Samoa as well as outside of it, on three of the islands, Tutuila, Ofu and Ta’u. The best months to hike in American Samoa are June – September.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking on American Samoa.

Capital: Pago Pago

When To Hike in American Samoa?

June – September: least rainy
Oct – May: Rainy and cyclone risk in some months

Climate: Tropical – hot, rainy season and a cool, drier season; very rainy in general

WSO Pago Pago – Find out details about the monthly weather in American Samoa

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium – To hike in the National Park of American Samoa, there is an excellent trail map and fairly easy to hike independently.  However many in the park and particularly outside of it, should be undertaken with a guide.  Difficult to go from island to island.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in American Samoa for hiking:

  • Pago Pago – Tutuila island
  • Leloaloa – Tutuila island
  • Fiti’uta or Maia – on Ta’u island
  • Ofu  – on Ofu island

Most popular hikes in American Samoa

There is hiking on the main island of Tutuila. The Manu’a islands are Ofu and Ta’u and are located at quite a distance from Tutuila. Highest Mountain: Lata Mountain (963 m) on Ta’u

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Ta’u

  • National Park of American Samoa extends to Ta’u 
  • Lata Mountain, highest peak in American Samoa

Ofu

  • National Park of American Samoa also extends to Ofu 
  • Tumu Mountain

Tutuila

  • National Park of American Samoa – Hiking and Beachwalking – American Samoa has an excellent trail map on their site
    • Mt Alava
  • Mt Olotele (493 m)
  • Mt Lealafa’alava (354 m)
  • Matafao Peak (653 m), tallest peak on Tutuila 
  • Rainmaker Mountain (near Pago Pago)
  • Amalau Valley

Long Distance Trails of American Samoa

American Samoa's Walking & Hiking Resources

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American Samoa Hiking Books: 

 

Best Hikes in American Samoa:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from the national park website, trail maps/apps and other websites:

  • Mount Alava
  • Mount Olotele
  • Mount Lealafa’alava
  • Matafao Peak
  • Rainmaker Mountain
  • Tumu Mountain
  • Lata Mountain
  • Amalau Valley

 

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What Else To Do

  • Beaches

Other Important Points

  • Can be a bit challenging to organize travel to Manu’a