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Jan, 27 - PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA

UP AND OVER THE MOUNTAIN

sunny 85 °F
View Serenity 10 on Swenigale's travel map.

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From the Serenity’s walking deck we watched our approach to port; a rain cloud reminding us that the island is indeed, a rainforest!

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Our stateroom view from the bridge, however, promised sunshine.

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The main employer here is Starkist Tuna. Hi, Charlie!

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American Samoa has five volcanic islands, all located in the eastern part of the Samoan Archipelago. The steep mountains are spectacular in their tropical greenery. 90% of the land is covered in untouched rainforest.

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We hired a taxi to take us high up and over the Mangaloa Ridge and into the American Samoa National Park and magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

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A small village lies on the shores of Vatia Bay, on the other side of the mountain.

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Familiar-looking school bus

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Vatia’s Congregational church

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The beautifully handcrafted interior – Samoans are very religious.

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The Sunday service had already been going on for 1 ½ hours.

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Back up over the mountain

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“Tofa” – Goodbye from Pago Pago. Tonight we cross the International Date Line, so we will have no Monday!

Posted by Swenigale 13:35 Archived in Samoa - American

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