Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary

American Samoa

(684) 633-7354

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Overview

Fagatele Bay is a vibrant tropical reef marine ecosystem, filled with all sorts of brightly-colored tropical fish including parrot fish, damselfish and butterfly fish, as well as other sea creatures like lobster, crabs, sharks and octopus. From June to September, Southern humpback whales migrate north from Antarctica to calve and court in Samoan waters. Visitors can hear courting males sing whalesongs, which the whales may be using to attract mates. Several species of dolphin, as well as threatened and endangered species of sea turtles, such as the hawksbill and green, are frequently seen swimming in the bay as well.

Recreational activities such as diving, snorkeling, and fishing can be enjoyed at Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Map of Fagatele Bay Nat'l Marine Sanctuary

Latitude, Longitude: -14.376155, -170.763245

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Fagatele Bay may be reached by boat, departing from Pago Pago or Leone Bay.

  • Fishing

    Visitors may line fish in the outer bay, but only traditional fishing methods are allowed in the inner bay.

  • Water Sports

    Fagatele Bay is simply a fantastic place to go snorkeling and diving. The fringing reef contains more than 140 species of coral and related animals and plants. The reef provides shelter and habitat for a wide variety of marine life, including brightly-colored tropical fish.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Fagatele Bay is a vibrant tropical reef marine ecosystem, filled with all sorts of brightly-colored tropical fish including parrot fish, damselfish and butterfly fish, as well as other sea creatures like lobster, crabs, sharks and octopus. From June to September, Southern humpback whales migrate north from Antarctica to calve and court in Samoan waters. Visitors can hear courting males sing whalesongs, which the whales may be using to attract mates. Several species of dolphin, as well as threatened and endangered species of sea turtles, such as the hawksbill and green, are frequently seen swimming in the bay as well.

Directions

Driving

American Samoa is located over 4150 miles southwest of San Fransisco. Once on the island of Tutuila (American Samoa), the two most common ways to access the sanctuary are by boat or foot. The small beachead on Fagatele Bay's eastern shore is the only accessible point into the bay from the landward side of the island.

Phone Numbers

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(684) 633-7354

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