• Fa'asamoa

    National Park of American Samoa

    American Samoa

What to Bring and Wear

Manulele graduating class visiting Pola Island.
Manulele students wearing their "lavalava" uniform during a field trip.
NPS

Plan to dress lightly. Casual summer clothing--sandals, shorts and short sleeved shirts are suggested. Rain gear is always appropriate, but remember the high humidity--you may get just as wet wearing your raincoat as not! If you plan to hike in the park, wear sturdy boots. Trails can be muddy and slippery. Bring your own snorkel equipment.

Lastly, if you'd like to be closer to the local culture, you may wish to try a "lavalava," a skirt-like garment worn by both men and women in various styles and lengths. They are available at many local stores.

Note: You should wear modest clothing and no bikinis or brief-type swimwear.

Did You Know?

Lobster, shrimp, fish, and breadfruit—a sumptuous meal of local village subsistence resources

The national park allows subsistence fishing and farming to Samoans (the parklands are theirs. The park land is leased from the villages). This lavish example of a village celebratory feast came from local reef waters.