What to See in Pago Pago American Samoa

What to See in Pago Pago American Samoa - Lucy Williams Global

Part of our Hawaii/French Polynesia cruise was also a stop in Pago Pago. It is a tropical island in American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean. Located in between the Hawaii Islands and the French Polynesian Islands.

From Hawaii, it still takes four days of sailing on a cruise ship to get there, but it is worth it! The port of Pago Pago broke up the sea days to get to French Polynesia. Otherwise, it would have taken six days to get to there. This way we had four days at sea, Pago Pago, then two more days at sea.

The sail into Pago Pago is beautiful and dramatic with lush green mountains, palm trees and the turquoise reef. It is very similar to French Polynesia.

I had only been there once before and that time I just went for lunch at a nearby hotel set on the beach that was beautiful.

This time I wanted to see more of the island on I went a tour of the west coast, see a traditional Ava Ceremony and the famous rock formation ‘Flower Pot Rock’.

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West Coast

It was a beautiful drive in an open-air bus along the coastline right by the water, so the view was glorious. We drove through villages up to the village of Leone.

This was where the tsunami hit the island in 2009. Now, you would never know this happened to the island as all the damage has been cleared. But it was sad to see the Leone memorial of all the people that died.

The viewpoint from the memorial is beautiful and it hard to imagine a tsunami happened there. We drove to the golf course for the fantastic view of the mountains.

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Ava Ceremony

The traditional Samoan Ava Ceremony was very interesting. It took place at the home of our guide, outside in her garden was a staged area cover by a roof.

The ceremony is held by the ‘High Talking Chief Fale’ and it is tradition to be held for important guests. The ceremony consists of the Chief chanting and the little princess making the ava root drink, traditional dancing and offering the ava root drink to the guests.

We tried the ava root drink and it didn’t taste of much, the only way to describe it was a dry soil taste. It was fun to watch and then try the special drink.

Flower Pot Rock

Fatu-ma-Futi aka ‘flower pot rock’ was the best part of the day. The rock formation was beautiful.  They were rocks with green plants growing on the top of them, just sticking out of the water.

Flower Pot Rock is right by the roadside with a little sandy beach and crystal-clear water, so it is easy to stop by and take a few photos and even dip your toes in the water.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 27*C -35*C year round – it is always very hot and humid with rain showers
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Language: Samoan, English and Tongan
  • Top Tips: 
  • Pago Pago is pronounced pahng-oh pahng-oh.
  • The town centre is very close to the cruise ship terminal, where you can find the perfect Samoan souvenir to take home.
  • The tour buses are old-school, so pack a towel to sit on as the seats are wooden. They are open air, so no AC, bring water and a fan.
  • Bring an umbrella/waterproof jacket as it is a tropical island for a reason and it will rain at times and then stop again.

 

You may also enjoy reading about French Polynesia:

FRENCH POLYNESIA IS WHERE TO FIND PARADISE!

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What To Do On the Days at Sea on a Cruise Ship

What To Do On the Days at Sea on a Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

On a lot of people’s minds when booking a cruise is the days at sea. What can you do onboard?

I get asked these questions all the time ‘what do you do on the days at sea on a cruise ship?’, ‘what do you do on the sea days?’, ‘how you fill your time on the days at sea?’

For a start, it is a cruise ship, not a container ship, so it is full to the brim with things to do. There are activities going on all day onboard and there is a daily ship newspaper that tells you what is going on from morning to night.

Activities range from painting, card games, ship games, cooking, ice carving and fruit carving demonstrations, movies, shows, seminars about ports, wildlife, how to use your camera, jewellery, gemstones, hair and beauty, fitness, weight loss, and more subjects. Then there is shopping, wine tasting, art auctions, trivia, Zumba classes, fitness classes, gambling and lots more.

A cruise ship has many lounges, bars, restaurants, shops, a spa, a casino, sun decks, pools, jacuzzis, gym, running track and decks to explore.

I keep myself quite busy and I’m on my own most of the day while my husband is working (he works onboard).

So, what do you do on the days at sea on a cruise ship?

A typical day at sea for me for me is:

Morning at Sea

Tai Chi Class, Zumba Class, coffee, check emails, freshen up for lunch.

Afternoon at Sea

Lunch, reading or listening to a podcast, write blog articles and then get ready for the evening if going out.

Evening at Sea

Drinks at in the bar and then dinner and maybe a show.

This is just an example, days change all the time! If I am cruising in a hot climate I will sit in the adults only part of the sun deck, that way it is quiet. With no kids running around or splashing in the pool. I like to walk around the deck for an hour and listen to music or a podcast, I do this if it is hot or cold.

 


 

Days at Sea Ideas

If you are travelling as a couple or group, you do not need to do everything together. Decide what you would like to do and meet up later for coffee, lunch or dinner. As there are so many activities going on onboard throughout the day and evening.

The way to think about it is that you can do what you like as you are on vacation. If you would like to catch up on your sleep, sleep! Read those books you have meaning to, have that full body massage or your nails done. Lay by the pool all day, drink every cocktail on the menu or go to trivia and every activity available, you can it’s your cruise.

If you are travelling with your kids check them into the kids club if they are old enough and let them play while you play!

Days at sea do not need to be boring, enjoy your free time to relax. Cruise ships in this age are far from boring. They are only boring if you do not know how to use your time!


What will you be doing on the days at sea on your next cruise?

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Africa Will Steal Your Heart

Africa Will Steal Your Heart

 

Africa is not often on people’s hit list when thinking of a holiday, but there’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be. The wonders that you would be able to explore are amazing.

You will have adventures you will never be able to have in other countries, and your time will be filled with experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime.

Due to the vast landscape and beautiful wildlife, Africa truly is one of the best countries that you could visit. If you give it a go, we promise it will steal your heart, here’s why.

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Hidden Gems

Africa is full of hidden gems, let us tell you that for sure! One minute you could be walking down one of the main streets in Kenya, the next you could be immersed into a new terrain, bringing some of the most wonderful views of the planes of Africa.

Kenya is one of the best parts of the country to visit if you want to experience wildlife. It has plenty of nature reserves and national parks, with guided tours being held nearly every day.

There are also some truly stunning places to stop, such as the masai mara luxury accommodation. You’ll wake up to some of the most amazing views, and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, with only yourselves and nature to enjoy.

If you want a little hidden gem, one that’s a little bit different to the wildlife you’re going to see, take a trip to the Gedi ruins, you won’t be disappointed!

Experience The Wildlife

If you’re going to Africa, one of the main things you should be going for is the wildlife. It’s full of it, no matter what part you go to.

We’ve already said that Kenya has some good wildlife national parks, such as the Amboseli national park. But there are so many more dotted around Africa for you to have a look at.

The Serengeti national park has to be one of the most famous. The wildlife living here has ruled the planes for as long as they have lived, and the rangers here work day and night to make sure they’re all safe, especially from the likes of hunters.

Take one of the Safari tours, and experience what Africa is best known for. Never try and venture out alone, as good as Africa is, it’s a dangerous place for both violence, and the animals that you may come across.

 

Africa Will Steal Your Heart

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Experience The Culture

Africa is full of rich culture. The many tribes that still exist, and also rule their own villages are incredible. Besides the dangers that we have just mentioned, Africa is one of the friendliest nations if you go to the right location.

The tribes will welcome you, as you should welcome them with gifts. You’ll experience so amazing food, amazing dances and rituals, and see a culture that you will possibly never get to experience again.

So, do you feel as though Africa is going to steal your heart now? We believe it will so get booking whilst you still can!

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Africa Will Steal Your Heart

Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA

Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA - Lucy Williams Global

 

Pearl Harbour is one of those places you must visit while on a Hawaiian cruise or vacationing in Honolulu, Hawaii (USA).

I was on a cruise that went to Honolulu and I didn’t make it to Pearl Harbour when I had been there previously. This time I went and it was a great day. I went on a ship’s tour and Pearl Harbour is short coach ride from the cruise ship terminal.

Why Must You Visit Pearl Harbour?

On the 7th December 1941, Pearl Harbour was bombed by the Japanese and World War II hit the USA. Most of us know the history and have seen the film, but to go there is completely different.

Seeing the harbour with your own eyes and being able to pay your respects to the men and women that died there that fateful day. The US Military has made the visitors centre a fascinating place to visit and give lots of history in the museums.

USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial is a chilling insight that can still be seen today, of what happened in the historic harbour which is the sunken USS Arizona.

The ship was hit by surprise and ship overturned completely. 1102 crewmen were trapped inside the ship and lost their lives. To this day, this is the grave of these brave men that lost their lives during the Japanese attack.

On the tour of the memorial, they show a short film that takes you back to Honolulu in 1941. After the film, you board a boat that takes you to the memorial site.

The memorial is a viewing deck over the top of the USS Arizona and you can see the hull of the ship. Also, there is a lot of oil that they call the black tears of all the men that died there.

It is very sad and unbelievable what happened when you are viewing it for yourself. Inside the memorial is a wall with all the names of the men that died.

 


 

USS Missouri Memorial

The second part of our tour was to board the USS Missouri Memorial also called the ‘Mighty Mo’. This was the battleship that ended World War II. It was very interesting to visit this ship and see how the ship worked.

I like to see inside a ship and what it looks like and how the crew lived and worked onboard. I think that is because I have spent most of my life onboard cruise ships. From working onboard to now travelling alongside my husband.

It was interesting walking below deck in the crew mess and bars and then up to the officer mess and bars. Not much has changed in the way a cruise ship is below deck today. Apart from the cabins have improved a lot!

The ship is huge and walking around on deck the seeing the giant battery turrets and all the areas below deck were amazing to see.

You can walk around the ship on your own and follow the arrows or go on a guided tour for more information about the ship.

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What to See at Pearl Harbour

I just saw the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Memorial when I went to Pearl Harbour. If you have more time you can also visit the USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Aviation Museum. The visitor centre is open between 7.00am – 5.00pm.

Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA

 

Limited Items Can Only Be Brought into Pearl Harbour

The U.S. Navy rules that all bags, handbags, backpacks are prohibited from the area. Basically, you cannot have a bag that can conceal a weapon. There is a storage area before you enter to store your belongings for a small charge.

You can bring inside a bag the size of a hand-held radio, which is the size of a glasses case. Wallets, bottled water, cameras (no case), umbrellas and cell phones are allowed inside, but you must either must carry them or be able to put them in your pocket.

You can purchase something in the gift shop and you can carry that around the visitor’s centre though. Also, if you are taking a tour bus, nothing can be left on the bus as the military do not allow that either. So, travel light when going to visit Pearl Harbour.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 20*C – 28*C
  • Currency: US Dollars
  • Language: American English
  • Top Tip: Bring an umbrella or lightweight waterproof coat/poncho, as when it rains it pours as I found out! Always check the weather before, I brought my little umbrella and I am so pleased I did. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking.

You may enjoy reading more about Hawaii:

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California Dreaming in the USA

California Dreaming in the USA - Lucy Williams Global

Before I joined the ship this time I flew out ahead of my embarkation date and spent three days in Los Angeles.

I stayed with some friends that live in Dana Point. This is a beautiful part of California, right by the beach and harbour.

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Dana Point

Dana Point is beautiful, the beach is long and sandy. Perfect for surfers and wildlife spotters.

To me, this was the real California on the coast and whilst I was there the TV show ‘The OC’ was in my head constantly ‘California, California, Califoooornia’! Do you remember that TV show?

The marina there is a nice walk, to see all the yachts and sit and have a coffee or a light snack.

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Laguna Beach

Down the road from Dana Point is Laguna Beach which is another very pretty place to walk along the beach and around the town.

The small town is full of restaurants, surf shops, art galleries and cute beachy gift shops.

One of the galleries that is nice to have a look around is the Wyland Gallery. The gallery is all sea life, especially dolphins and whales.

He is a painter and sculptor. Some of the pieces are out of this world. Also, at the back of the gallery, you can go outside and see amazing views of the coastline.

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Balboa Island

Balboa Island was like stepping out of California as there are cute small wooden houses very close together by the water.

It was like a small seaside town that reminded me of New England. The main street had nice little gift shops, beach clothing stores and ice cream shops. We had some delicious frozen yoghurt there.

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Outlet Shopping

If in California you must make the most of the shopping! Especially the outlet malls. I’m from the UK and we do not have outlet malls like the American styles and you cannot beat the prices!

My friend loves to shop, so she knew all the great places to take me. The San Clemente and Carlsbad malls were so good! I got some great deals that I would not have got in Europe.

After three days I shopped until I literally dropped, as I was so jet-lagged. I saw some beautiful beaches and coastal towns. Now I will be California dreaming until I make another trip!

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Essential Info

Weather: Spring 18*C – 26*C

Currency: US Dollars

Language: American English

Top Tip: Wear comfy shoes for walking around the malls and along the beach.


 

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