The new visitor center replaces the previous one that was destroyed by the 2009 tsunami and culminates the national park’s recovery efforts.
It is much more than a facility, it is a gateway into the heart of Samoan life as it existed long ago, as it still exists today, and as it will exist long into the future.The visitor center provides you with opportunities to understand and enjoy the cultural and natural wonders the park seeks to protect.
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.