Covering just 200 square kilometers (77 sq. mi.), American Samoa’s islands rise up to 1,000 meters (3,280 ft.) from sea to sky. As you climb upland, the types of plants and animals that live here change quickly and dramatically.
The Samoa islands don’t end where waves touch the shore.
People and corals are more closely linked than you might think. Age-old traditions continue to this day because of healthy waters. Just as Samoans protect the reefs, so too do reefs protect us.
The National Park of American Samoa was established in 1988. The park took out a 50-year lease on its lands from Samoan villages, in respect to Fa’asamoa.
The park protects some 3,000 years of human history on American Samoa, from ancient archaeological sites to remnants of modern history, like the World War II-era guns once meant to protect Pago Pago