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National Park of American Samoa
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One such island national park is the National park of American Samoa. The National park of American Samoa is the only national park that can be found south of the equator making it a very tropical destination with so much to learn about the culture the park derives its name from.
The Samoan Culture
Preservation of culture is the way we remain in contact with our ancestors and how they lived. The Samoan Nation takes great pride in their ancestrial heritage and that is why they elected to allow the United States to commission the park to begin with. National Park of American Samoa sits on sacred ground for the Samoa people and they wanted to ensure that the land was protected for future generations. Their efforts along with the American government sanctioned the three small islands as a national park in 1993, so it is relatively new when compared to the national parks established much earlier within the century.
The Samoan people are Polynesian and therefore much of their heritage comes from Asia. The culture that has become distinctly Samoan encompasses ancient dances along with vibrant colors within the traditional clothing worn by the people. Throughout the National Park of American Samoa, you will see beautiful hand crafted mats that are used in a variety of ceremonies along with a display of ancient tribal princesses and tribal leaders. The Samoan people are very welcoming and enjoy teaching others about their history and culture.
The Waters Surround
The National Park of the American Samoa is one of the least visited of the national parks with only a few thousand people visiting each year, but those that choose not to visit the park because of its size or remote location are truly missing out on a remarkably beautiful part of the world. The waters surrounding the islands are teeming with tropical creatures of all kinds. One of the best activities within the park is snorkeling. Visitors get an up close and personal experience with both the animals as well as the expansive coral reef that lies just beneath the water’s surface encompassing the park. The clear waters allow visitors to view all manner of tropical fish species as well as the beloved sea turtles, but what amazes visitors most is that whales are often spotted swimming and jumping from the water.
When people think of bats they often think of dark creatures coming out of massive caves as the dusk allows them the cover they need to effectively hunt their prey. The bats however that are found within the National Park of American Samoa are fruit bats and they can be found throughout all three islands. The fruit bat is native to the land as are countless varieties of flowers that fill the air with a fragrant quality that is hard to find anywhere else.
Things to Know
Like all national parks there are things that you are going to want to know before you plan your trip. The National Park of American Samoa offers the chance of a lifetime for families to get enveloped into the culture like no other way. The park does not take in any fees for entry into the park and there are also no campsites anywhere on any of the island. Accommodations are available within the park, but they may not be exactly what you are expecting.
There are no cabins to stay in like many national parks provide, but instead visitors can arrange a stay with a host family in their personal home. The homestay is remarkably educational for the entire family because you are able to enjoy the day to day lives of the Samoan people and learn the traditional ways from them. Visitors help with fishing, weaving, and every aspect of natural Samoan life.
Getting to the National Park of the American Samoa will take a bit of time. Flights are generally taken into Honolulu International Airport and then they take a bi-weekly available flight to the airport on Tutuila. The National Park Visitors center is located here and this is where you can secure travel to the other islands within the park through small vessels that are able to be rented to take you on your journey exploring the islands. It is important to remember that the entire park is sacred land to the Samoan people and therefore visitors are encouraged to enjoy themselves, but leave all artifacts and any part of the land behind. The National Park of the American Samoa may be one of the less traveled parks in the national park registry, but it is truly one of the most beautiful and should not be missed.
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