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One day of exploring American Samoa 🇦🇸🌺🌴 Our new video out now, link in bio. South Pacific island of Tutuila was full of lush green rainforests, helpful and laidback locals, affordable and tasty food. It was fairly easy to get around by hiking, hitchhiking and by local minibuses that are cheap, colorful and filled with loud music and smiling faces. There’s not much tourists at all and therefore accommodation options are sparse and rather expensive. Being budget travelers we only stayed there for two nights and one day but can warmly recommend it to anyone looking to visit authentic tropical island with friendly atmosphere and paths less traveled. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States, but has totally different vibes than other parts of US that we’ve seen so far (less commercial than Hawaii for example). #americansamoa #worldtravel #travelvideo #travelcouple #pathslesstravelled #nationalparkofamericansamoa #tutuila #southpacificislands #pagopago #vatia #budgettravel #budgettraveler #backpackers #moustache @np_american_samoa @americansamoatravel
It’s quite moist down here
Something’s lookin’ a bit fishy down here
Big blue world
“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.” -E.O. Wilson
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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
Fa’afetai tele lava to Channel Islands National Park marine resources program for a great week of kelp forest monitoring! Such an awesome team. Malo lava!#channelislandsnationalpark #nationalparkofamericansamoa
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
A view of two worlds. Image: Underwater reef and lush tropical rainforest in the National Park of American Samoa #FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #nationalparkofamericansamoa #americansamoa #SamoanCulture #pacificislands #pacificocean #marinelife #snorkel #tropicalrainforest #rainforest @npsamericansamoa
“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!
National Park of American Samoa. I know I’ve posted this picture before, but I couldn’t exclude it from this list of the Top 7 Places in American Samoa. The park has much to offer, including hiking, bird watching, snorkeling, diving, and home stays. Hikes range from easy to difficult, so there’s something for everyone. This view from the top of Mt Alava is part of an intermediate, 8 mile hike along the ridge of this mountain range. Top 7 Places You Have to See When Visiting American Samoa (🔗 in bio) #nationalparkofamericansamoa #tutuila #mtalava #visitamericansamoa #americansamoatourism #np10k #nationalparks #hikingwithkids #outdoordreamers #outdooradventures #adventureparenting #adventurelife #familytravel #travelwithkids #islandlife #islandhiking #southpacific #travelblog #discoverearth #travelphotography #paradisefound #mamastraveltribe #travelandbeyond #hikingaroundtheworld #holiday #snorkeling #travelingoutsidethebox #travelingotb
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
Happy Fri-YAY! Just a few more days until I’m back in Samoa and get to take in a view like this one again ✈️🏝⛱👙🐚 but first, a quick business trip to Minnesota 🤓💼 .................................................................................... These trips will be my first while on Keto. Today, my new Keto-friendly snacks arrived. I’ll be taste-testing them all this weekend 🤤 and road-testing then in Minnesota. I’ll be writing a blog post about them soon, so if you’re on Keto be sure to stay tuned! .................................................................................... #keto #ketotraveler #ketosnacks .................................................................................... #theearthlyvagabond #travelblogger #newblogger .................................................................................... #Ofu #AmericanSamoa #beach #view .................................................................................... #travel #samoa #oceania #npamericansamoa . #travelstoke #adventureanywhere #goprotravel #goprogirl . #femaletravel #sheisnotlost #adventureswithgirls #ladiesgoneglobal #girlsvsglobe #girlsthatwander #thetravelwomen #girlsthattravel #girlslovetravel #teamkaptainkenny . #nationalparkofamericansamoa #americansamoanationalpark
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
Life’s a beach. 🏝🐚☀️👙 .................................................................................... Haven’t done a plotograph in a while. Thought I’d give it a go ☺️ .................................................................................... #npamericansamoa #americansamoa #ofu #beach . #theearthlyvagabond #travelblogger #newblogger . #travel #samoa #polynesia #oceania . #womenwhoexplore #girlswhotravel #travelstoke #adventureanywhere #island #sea #turquoise #water #driftwood #fallentree #beachscape #paradise #plotagraph #animated @plotagraph #teamkaptainkenny . #nationalparkofamericansamoa #americansamoanationalpark #nationalparks #protectourparks
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
Whitespotted Surgeonfish
“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)
Lined Surgeon
Sea cucumber
“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
Talofa!
Pago Pago Harbour from Mt Alava in the only US National Park south of the equator #mtalava #mtalavahike #nationalparkofamericansamoa #pagopagoharbor #pagopago #americansamoa 🇦🇸 #americansamoa #wanderlust #whereintheworldiscolinsandiego
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
We’re back in Buster and it feels SO GOOD to be home! Also, we have a blog post up about our visit to American Samoa and another that’s a complete guide to anyone planning a visit there. Link in our profile and if you have Samoa questions, let us know in the comments! #vanlife #buslife #vanlifediaries #vanlifeideas #roadlife #tinyhouse #roadtrip #seeamerica #exploremore
We took the boat back from Ofu to Ta’u in the most gorgeous morning light. It was the start of a many-legged journey back to the mainland and it was so hard to leave! Hard to think that of all the places we’ve been to, this really is one that we might not make it back to. We’re so grateful to have had a bit of time to enjoy this amazing place. —David #americansamoa #americanfieldtrip #exploretocreate #ourplanetdaily #sonya7rii #ofuisland #manua #findyourpark #nationalparkofamericansamoa #nationalparkgeek #nps #lifeofadventure
Exploring the beautiful coves and beaches of Aunu’u island. Definitely took a wave to the camera trying to get a closer shot of the waves crashing in that cove. 😬 luckily no harm was done.—David #americansamoa #nationalparkofamericansamoa #aunuu #aunuuisland #exploretocreate #ourplanetdaily #americanfieldtrip #sonya7rii
On the ferry to Aunu’u island, one of the 5 islands that make up American Samoa. It’s crazy to think that there’s a little bit of America all the way on the other side of the world that is as different from the mainland as you would expect from a place in a different hemisphere. We’re always struck by just how much there is inside of America. —David #americansamoa #findyourpark #nationalparkofamericansamoa #nationalparkgeek #exploretocreate #sonya7rii #aunuu #aunuuisland
COCONUT CRABS 🦀 we had never heard of these guys before we visited Samoa. They’re the biggest land bugs (that’s right, technically they’re bugs) in the world. They live in the jungles, climbing trees and eating coconuts—hence the name. It’s kinda hard to see the scale in the video but that guy is about the size of a basket ball. 😱 #coconutcrab #americansamoa #nationalparkofamericansamoa #ofu #ofuisland #findyourpark #creaturepower
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
Flying foxes! These little guys blew our minds when we saw them for the first time over in Western Samoa. They’re unique to the South Pacific and they’re BIG. Think bats the size of seagulls. You can spot them during the day, but they come out in force at sunset. There were tons of them on Ofu flapping around munching on bananas and papayas. —David #americansamoa #nationalparkofamericansamoa #findyourpark #americanfieldtrip #flyingfox #ofu #ourplanetdaily #exploretocreate
How many photos am I going to post from this dang boat?
Hiking in National Park of American Samoa with the most beautiful view of Pago Pago harbor and stunning scenery🇦🇸🇺🇸🌴☀️🐢🌊 #americansamoa #pacificislands #nationalparkofamericansamoa #tropical #nature #hiking #amazingview #lifeofaseafarer #lifeatsea #sailor #shoreleave
“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
Flower Power
Makin’ waves
The southern most US National Park is the one that is south of the equator, called the National Park of the American Samoa. From Pago Pago (the capital), I drove to the village of Vatia and then hiked in to this vantage point to see Pola Island. #travel #exotic #nationalparks #photography #hdrphotography #southpacific #americansamoa #pagopago #nationalparkofamericansamoa #polaisland #sonya7riii #landscape #lightroom #wonderful_place #wonderful_places #culture #photomatix #nature #pacificocean
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