American Samoa World War II Trails & Relics
On arrival in American Samoa your guide will be at the airport to meet you and you will enjoy a scenic drive to the trails in our air-conditioned mini-van. Hiking along the heritage trail takes us past multiple World War II installations that helped protect American Samoa from a Japanese invasion. They symbolize American Samoa’s importance as a route from the United States to Australia and New Zealand. At Blunts Point you will see an intact six- foot naval gun, relics and bunkers. The extended WWII trail is within a tropical rainforest allowing glimpses of native birds, often times you can hear them singing. Along the last section of the trail there are quite a few steep ‘ladders’ or steps with ropes that take you to the end of the trail where an aerial tramway used to transport visitors from Solo Hill to the summit of Mount Alava just across the Pago Pago Harbor. This was the only such cable car in the South Pacific and was originally used to carry TV transmission equipment to the mountaintop. In 1980, a U.S. Navy plane struck the cables during an air show sadly killing the six-man crew and two people on the ground. Rebuilt, the tramway was again destroyed by Hurricane Val in 1992 and remnants and a memorial remain at the site.
At the completion of the tour you will visit Sadies By the Sea Hotel to relax with a refreshing drink and a bite to eat before your return transfer back to the airport for your flight to Samoa.
This guided tour takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is a must do for those with an interest in WWII history. Mosquito repellent and good walking shoes are a must.
Tour operates 3 x per week. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from Samoa.
Polynesian Airlines flight schedule for day tour (subject to change):
— Flight Schedule —
Valid 02 April - 23 September 2017
Depart Fagalei’i Airport 9.30am, Arrive Tafuna Airport 10.05am-1 Depart Tafuna Airport 4.30pm, Arrive Fagalei’I Airport 5.05pm+1.
Valid 24 September - 10 December 2017 & 10 January - 31 March 2018
Depart Fagalei’i Airport 10.30am, Arrive Tafuna Airport 10.05am-1 Depart Tafuna Airport 4.30pm, Arrive Fagalei’I Airport 6.05pm+1
NZ$420pp 2 people / NZ$370pp 3 people / NZ$345pp 4 people
Return airfares on Polynesian Airlines Fagalei’i Airport Samoa/Tafuna International Airport American Samoa. Return airport transfers in American Samoa. 3 hour guided tour - World War II Heritage Trail – 1.7 miles Blunts Point Trail – 0.6 miles. Lunch at Sadies by the Sea; select menu: chicken garden salad, choice of sandwiches, choice of burgers, plus side of fries and soft-drink or bottled water. Single person surcharge applies. NB: Moderately difficult.
Terms and Conditions:
A minimum of 72 hours pre booking is required to secure airline seats and confirm the tours. Bookings are to be made via Samoa Scenic Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +685 26981. Full names must be given as per passport details. Passport details must be supplied at time of booking. Cost is per adult. Please contact Samoa Scenic direct for child pricing. Pricing includes taxes & surcharges and airport/passenger facility charges for Fagalii & Tafuna. Airports Strict cancellation and amendment policies apply. Please contact Samoa Scenic for details. Pricing is based on minimum two adults travelling a single passenger surcharge applies. Passengers are required to be a Fagali’I and Tafuna airports 1.5 hours prior to departure for check in and security screening. Check in closes 30 minutes prior to departure. All visitors to American Samoa require a valid passport, return ticket or onward ticket and sufficient funds to support their stay. US Citizens and US Nationals do not require a visa and may enter and leave freely. Other countries not requiring an entry visa can be viewed on the Immigration page. All other international passport holders intending to visit American Samoa for business or holiday are required to apply for an entry visa. The cost for this is currently $82USD per permit (subject to change). Please note that it can take 2-4 weeks for an entry permit to be issued once the application is submitted and there's no guarantee that will be approved by immigration.