Island Explorer!

Pago Pago, American Samoa…we arrived this morning to the lush green island of Tutuila in the remote archipelago of the Samoan Islands! It’s great to be on land again, but this island that is seemingly off the map makes me feel like Giligan after being shipwrecked during that famous “three hour tour”…

Not too many ships stop here, so the entire town seemed to show up for our arrival!

I headed to Tisa’s Beach for a day on the sand. Nothing prepared me for the surreal beauty of this location; a barefoot bar hut built on a crescent of unspoiled beach! I truly feel like an explorer who just discovered a place all my own! Samoa means “sacred Earth” and this beach delivers that in spades..

The water is bathtub warm filled with glorious fish and coral and the sands have wreaths of fauna that have washed ashore! I took some time for arts and crafts on the beach, spelling out the name of this sacred place in leaves, fauna, nuts, and flowers that I found on the sand…

Back on Tisa’s, lunch is served! The Samoan people are so kind and extremely welcoming and they were anxious to share their Samoan delicacies prepared beneath coconut leaves and hot rocks. Tarot, coconut, and bananas cooked with turkey, lamb, and pork for hours until all is falling apart tender!

Even though I may feel like a rare explorer, my days at sea have brought me to this island that many hearty travelers before me have visited and gone on to tell tales of for years…like James Michener who came here to write his 1946 classic “Tales of the South Pacific”.

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3 thoughts on “Island Explorer!

  1. Looks lovely! Are you on a cruise of some sort? I’ve never been on one as i’m not sure how i’d find all the time on the water! That said, i spent a week sailing the greek islands on a yacht last year and had no problems (though of course, slightly different experience!) Hope you continue to enjoy your travels!

    • Yes on a cruise! There are a lot of sea days! I love being on a boat…a yacht is always preferred if possible! I think these remote spots are probably more inclined to sailing in as flights must be hard to come by!

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