It’s quite moist down here
Something’s lookin’ a bit fishy down here
“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.” -E.O. Wilson
Taking a break from snorkeling with the perfect view
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” -Jacques Yves Cousteau
A good friend is one who will pick you up when you’re down (whether you want to be or not)
Sometimes while on adventure, we need to stop, relax, and watch the waves roll in
Paka Fa’asao o Amerika Samoa
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is what happens when a tree and an octopus have a baby 🌴🐙
“In all things nature there is something of that marvelous.” -Aristotle
Mountains Rainforest Beach Coral Ocean
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.” -Robert Wyland
Just a short clip of these beauties
It may be a sight to sea but still can’t find Nemo!
Hard work sometimes pays off ☺️
Started hiking Tumu Mountain at sunrise to catch this amazing view of all 3 Manu’a Islands (Ofu, Olosega, Ta’ū) and the national park below me filled with coral just off the coast
Coconut crabs tear apart coconuts to eat them at grow up to 9 pounds and over 3 feet long!
Sometimes you need to just stop what you’re doing and look around to see the natural beauty
Guineafowl Puffer- pufferfish native to the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific
Parrotfish (Laea in Samoan)
Sea cucumber population is on a decline. These creatures are important to our oceans because they eat up all the junk on the bottom and poop out clean sand, making a cleaner ocean and ocean floor
Coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral
“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea.” -Sylvia Earle
“Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and dreams of time.” -H.P. Lovecraft
My favorite fish of the trip, Longfin Bannerfish (Tifitifi in Samoan)
“All drains lead to the ocean.” -Gill from Finding Nemo. How we treat our land, air, and bodies of water affect our oceans
Lemonpeel angelfish striking a pose
6/8: Word Oceans Day. This was taken off the shores of Ofu, in the South Pacific. The center fish is a Teardrop Butterflyfish (or tifitifi-pulesama in Samoan)
There’s a reason I’m not in the film business. I just get so excited, I can’t focus on what I’m taking a video of BUT HERE’S AN ADORABLE FLYNG FOX!! 🦇
Cute Mr. Bat hanging out in a banana tree
Ta’ū off in the distance: the only island in the world completely powered by solar power, saving 300 gallons of fuel per day that diesel generators previously used to power the island.
I may hate bananas but they do look pretty dang beautiful when they’re in growth
The National Park of American Samoa is deep in the South Pacific and will make for an unforgettable park experience. Who’s been or has plans? •••••
Thanks to Bowman family @theamericanfieldtrip
for the dreamy view. ——-- “There are moments I know I will long for even as I live them.” —Judith Katzir, perfectly summing up the way we felt in American Samoa. We’re in Florida right now (see our stories to find out why!), so happy to be where we are and so happy to have been where we’ve been and just feeling very, very grateful for it all.
#nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #findyourpark #americansomoa #nationalparkofamericansamoa
How many photos am I going to post from this dang boat?
“There are moments I know I will long for even as I live them.” —Judith Katzir, perfectly summing up the way we felt in American Samoa. We’re in Florida right now (see our stories to find out why!), so happy to be where we are and so happy to have been where we’ve been and just feeling very, very grateful for it all.
There’s one road on Ofu; we borrowed bikes from our lodge and explored every inch of it. Since there are only 30 permanent residents on the island and a handful of cars, we usually had the road to ourselves—a good thing, since we kept getting distracted by the fruit bats swooping overhead and feeding in the trees along the road. The bats are one of the things the park specifically protects—they’re up to 3 feet across with little foxlike faces and we just loved them 🦇🦇🦇.
The only way to hop from Ta’ū to Ofu is by chartering a small aluminum boat with local fishermen, so that’s exactly what we did!
The star gazing in American Samoa is not bad. I’d say it’s pretty good, really.
“We’re at the tippy top!! Now can we have a snack?”
The hike up Tumu Mountain was a)legit the sweatiest we’ve ever been (that humidity 😅!), and b)one of our favorite hikes we’ve ever done (that view 😍!) American Samoa has 5 islands—we visited all 5, but these 2 were our favorite 😊. In this pic, we’re on top of Ofu Island and you can see Olosega right above David’s head.
A peek at Pola Island. American Samoa is one of the best places for hiking in all of the South Pacific, since the NPS has the resources to keep up with trail maintenance in a place where everything grows insanely fast. It’s also the only hiking we’ve ever done where we had to get permission first from the village chief! We spent a day hiking around the village of Vatia. Our favorite spot was the rocky beach overlooking Pola—all the stones shifted with each wave that hit the shore and the sound of them clicking and clattering together was one of my favorite sounds I’ve ever heard.
National Park of American Samoa is complete and utter magic. I figured we’d be inclined to like it because it’s so dang hard to get to. But we couldn’t have imagined how much this place would steal our hearts. We spent 3 weeks total in Samoa—Western and American—and not all of that time was strictly in the park. But what makes this place so special is the way the land and culture interact, the way boundaries between conservation and community blur. American Samoa is the only national park where the land is leased to the NPS by the families who own it, rather than being owned by the government. It’s one of the few parks where its traditional inhabitants can still fish, harvest and otherwise use the land the way they have for generations. Not every park could be run this way, of course, but it’s beautiful to see this one in action.
High over American Samoa, in more ways than one 😊.
“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” -Hans Christian Anderson
After sitting and talking with a local elderly lady of Fiti’uta, she recommended us to take the path behind her house, leading to this beautiful beach, a special place she used to visit with her grandmother growing up. A group of boys from the village followed us down and wanted us to play with them