Posted by: monsonmadness | August 6, 2011

Island adventures

Today we took a day trip all the way to the east end of the island. We drove east for about 22 miles. It took us an hour and a half. We ended up in Onenoa where the road just stopped. Back tracking a little way we got to the village of Auasi where there was a harbor and a small boat across to Aunu’u island.

Aunu’u is only one mile wide, but it had a great beach. The crossing was quite scary, the kids were all petrified, the swells were huge, and we were glad that there were enough life jackets for the children.

We were told that the boat back to the main island would come back for us in an hour and a half, after that, the ocean would be too choppy, so we only had a short time to play in the water. We definitely made the most of it.

On the way back to the harbor, we passed the locals who were doing cooking on an umu. This is a traditional way of cooking, you light a fire in the ground then use the embers to heat up rocks on top of it, then you lay the food directly onto the hot rocks to cook. These locals were cooking taro, breadfruit, and pig. A whole pig! It was a special occasion…someone’s birthday. It smelled really good.

After lunch we took some photos of this shipwreck…

…and then decided to do a short hike to some WWII canons on top of a hill/mountain. It POURED down on us and we got soaked, but it was warm and fun.

We were exhausted after such a tiring day, but we had a babysitter lined up so that the adults could go to a dinner show. That will have to wait for another post. Had to fit so much in today because my Mum is leaving on Monday. I’m trying not to think about it. We’ve crammed so many fun things in though. Lots of new experiences and adventures. Another great day in American Samoa.



  1. I love the picture of you and Mary looking at each other.

  2. that looks like so much fun. i’m glad you guys went! nice photos. see you soon!

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