National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

From a variety of marine mammals to marine plants, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa protects some of the most diverse marine life in the National Marine Sanctuary System. The sanctuary also protects extensive coral reefs, deep water reefs, hydrothermal vent communities, and rare marine archaeological resources, and important fishing grounds are also found within its boundaries. The beautiful wildlife can be enjoyed by diving, snorkeling, and fishing in these waters. To learn more about this sanctuary, visitors should stop by the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center.

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National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is six individual marine protected areas in the Samoan Archipelago (Swains Island, Ta’au in Manu’a Islands, Muliāva, Aunu’u, Fagatele Bay, and Fagalua/Fogama’a). The small beachhead on Fagatele Bay's eastern shore is the only accessible point into the bay from the landward side of the island.

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