The park waters are clear and warm with a diversity of coral and fish populations. View the list of Corals (many are illustrated). Over 250 coral species occur in the territory, representing about one third of all coral species found throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Dominant genera are Montipora and Porites, followed by Pavona, Pocillopora, Psammocora and Acropora.
Safety Caution: The channels, or ava, draining tide or surge buildup from the park's lagoons carry very strong rip currents. Beware of these areas.
Did You Know?
In Samoan folklore, sea turtles were believed to have the power to save fishermen lost at sea by bringing them safely to shore. The Samoan word for sea turtle, “I'a sa,” translates literally to “sacred fish,” presumably because of this ability. Sadly, sea turtles here are now endangered.