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Diving in American Samoa

Diving in American Samoa

Quick facts

  • Medical care is limited (there is none on the Manu’a Islands). Though the LBJ Tropical Medical Center on Tutuila was once a highly regarded regional health center, now it has fallen on hard times with staffing problems and has only marginal service.
  • Visitors who come down with serious medical needs should get to Hawaii, Australia, or New Zealand.

When to go

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What to see


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American Samoa is a group of six Polynesian islands in the South Pacific. Here's the map.

The main island is Tutuila, with the Manu'a Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory.

The Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary was established to protect the corals reefs and marine life in the area and a thriving coral community and numerous tropical fish live in the clear warm waters around the islands where visibility is greater than 30 metres.

Getting there

  • The coral reef ecosystem, in the Fagatele Bay Sanctuary, contains many of the species native to this part of the Indo-Pacific region. Turtle, whales, sharks and the giant clam all find refuge in this protected area.
  • The Southern Humpback Whales winter here from August to November and porpoises and sperm whales visit regularly.


Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

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