Vaoto Lodge, Ofu, Ofu, Manua Islands, American Samoa
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Vaoto Lodge 
Ofu, Ofu, Manua Islands, American Samoa
+1 684 6551120
http://www.vaotolodge.com
General and in-room facilities and services available at Vaoto Lodge
summer garden
laundry/washing services
phone at the reception
quiet surroundings
checks accepted
television set in room
telephone in room
internet connection in room
en-suite/private bathroom
Some excerpts from the website of Vaoto Lodge that might be useful
ROOM RATES PER NIGHT. STANDARD ROOM Single: $45.00 Double: $55.00 Triple: $65.00 Standard room interior photo: NEW RENOVATED ROOMS Single/Double: $75.00 Triple: $95.00 Renovated room interior photo: DELUXE SUITE Single/Double: $100.00 Triple: $120.00 Deluxe Suite interior photos: Continental Breakfast: $4.00 American Breakfast: $5.00 Lunch: $3.00 Dinner: $12.00. Soft drinks/coffee/tea/juice: $1.00 Small beer: $3.00 Large beer, mixed drinks, wine: $6.00. We accept cash, traveler's checks and local (US) checks. Taxi service (per trip) $5.00 Snorkel rental (per day) $5.00 Truck rental: $10/hour, $50/day Laundry (self service): $4.00 Laundry (full service): $7.00. GETTING TO OFU ISLAND. Currently (updated 09/2007) Inter Island Air flies to Ofu on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This schedule is highly changeable, other days are sometimes available on an as needed basis. Return fare is $147.50 (as of 1/2008). Though the airline has a website and an email address, we highly recommend calling Inter Island Vacations directly for booking and reconfirming your reservation once or twice before you are to depart. IIA reservation info: Inter Island Vacations. Ready to come to Ofu? Click the button and fill out our request form: Inter Island Air arriving at Ofu Airport. GETTING TO PAGO PAGO. The only way to get to Ofu Island is to get to Pago Pago first. Hawaiian Airlines has twice weekly (Sunday Thursday) flights from Honolulu to Pago Pago. West coast US connection are also available. During the summer months and holiday season extra weekly flights are often added -- news story about HAL's extra summer 2008 flights to PPG. Schedules and reservations at. Polynesian Airlines has several flights a day to Pago Pago from Apia, Samoa. Polynesian Blue connects Apia to Australia and New Zealand. Schedules and reservations at www.polynesianairlines.com www.polynesianblue.com. South Pacific Express flies from Apia to Pago Pago. Information available. TEL - 684-655-1120 US Mainland TEL - 309-786-6693. (our webmaster Terry who can answer most questions about Vaoto Lodge and Ofu Island during US Central Time evenings)

SNOKELING GUIDE By vaotolodge.com webmaster Terry Skaggs last updated March 2008. This guide has been prepared using my experiences as a visitor to Ofu Island. In January of 2008 I completed my fourteenth journey to Ofu and my experiences over these many trips are what I base this guide upon. Also, I;m a PADI certified scuba diver who;s had the rare and tremendous fortune to have gone scuba diving at Ofu. Between 1999 and 2008 I've visited Ofu during the months of January, April, May, June, November, and December and Ofu has never failed to show me something amazing and new in its underwater world. My rating system of 1 to 5 is fairly simple and totally subjective. A 5 is perfect, a 1 is bad times! click on this map's dive locations for region descriptions ::: Vaoto Lodge's beach is generally the first stop our guests make. The lodge has put up some simple shelters, chairs, and a hammock so you can lounge, read, and soak up the silence. The snorkeling here, however, is not great, in my opinion. There are only a few deep areas (even at high tide) and, though fish abound, the reef seems to be more worn here than elsewhere. These conditions vary slightly to the west (Runway Beach) and east. ACCESSIBILITY; 5 Located directly in front of Vaoto Lodge this nicely sloped sandy beach is usually the first stop for new guest at the lodge. Soft white sand, small shelters, and even a hammock make Vaoto Beach a great spot to chill out and read. VISIBILITY; 3 Under water tends to be somewhat murky and silty than seen elsewhere on Ofu. Low tide on a calm day may yield the best (if not shallow) results. UNDERWATER ATTRACTIONS; 2 A few well-worn coral heads and very little else. WILDLIFE; 4 You;ll always find a colorful sprinkling of smaller reef fish. OVERALL; 4 Always a nice, relaxing swim, and an easy diversion if you don;t feel like walking to a better location where a cool drink may not be a few footsteps away! HAZARDS/CAUTIONS None come to mind. This is a very calm and quiet section of the encircling lagoon. Typically, there is a slight current, but it seldom amounts to much during normal conditions. I do highly recommend the swim to the National Park. Try to chose a near-peak high tide (to help mitigate the shallows) and swim east from Vaoto Beach past the the rocky beach which follows, and finally into the National Park. SWIM TO THE NATIONAL PARK. ACCESSIBILITY; 5 Enter on the eastern end of Vaoto Beach (just before the rocks), swim out and work your way east. Your exit will be about of a mile away where you see the rocks come to an end and the beach open up all the way to below Sunuitao Peak at the far end of Ofu. You;ll be about 16 telephone poles from the lodge when you exit the beach to the road. Bookmark this spot as a great entrance to South Ofu Beach when you come back another day. VISIBILITY; 4 Vis tends to get a bit thick around the rocks, but the wildlife makes up for it. UNDERWATER ATTRACTIONS; 4 Lots of rocks and coral to check out. WILDLIFE; 4 Plenty of critters swimming around. Be sure to investigate around the bases of the rocks and large corals for urchins, octopi, starfish, etc. More animals are present themselves the further along you go. The rocky beach between the lodge and the National Park means people seldom visit these waters and therefore more wildlife is found here. OVERALL; 3 A nice long swim which also gets you into the National Park (and it beats walking on a hot day!). The rocky beach along the way is difficult to navigate via land due to steep and rocky terrain and helps to keep this area pristine. HAZARDS/CAUTIONS You;ll find some strong currents early in the dive, especially around the larger rocks and shallower areas. Diving at or just before high tide will reduce this factor. Some areas are very shallow, use caution and don;t damage yourself or the reef. HURRICANE HOUSE THE NATIONAL PARK. This is the spot everyone will tell you about! Few places in the world compare to the beauty you'll find here. For me, it has become a ritual to visit this spot at least once a day. After breakfast you'll find me, fins in hand, with the dogs strolling down the road to Hurricane House. Often I'll start my day here, and then hike elsewhere, only to return for a quick swim in the afternoon to cool off before dinner. I love to dive down and hold still on the bottom as the fish move in for a closer look. Another favorite activity is to go out during a rainstorm to feel the cold rain on my back and then dive down into the warm silence and hang with the fish. A rainy day does not spoil this place for me! ACCESSIBILITY; 5 Hurricane House is a gray structure on the left side of the road as you walk eastward from the lodge. It is twenty-four telephone poles from Vaoto and the only building you;ll pass along the way, and looks like. I prefer to walk sixteen poles and enter the beach at that point, walking the remainder on the sand instead of the road. Your water entrance is basically anywhere from an area of broad, flat beach stone near the sixteenth pole entrance to a point of land a quarter mile east of the large rock at To'aga. This rock cannot be missed, it's the biggest thing on the beach and climbing it will reveal a USGS pointed directly at the peak of Piumafua on Olosega (where I'm told a companion marker sits). VISIBILITY; 5 I;ve been there on days when it;s as clear as bottled water! Even a bad vis day at Hurricane House beats a good day just about anywhere else. UNDERWATER ATTRACTIONS; 5 You;ll have to see it to believe not just the quantity but the overwhelming variety of corals and attendant life forms you;ll find here. WILDLIFE; 5 Same as above. Reef fish of all sizes, octopus, eels, starfish, clams and other shell-dwellers, and even the occasional shy black tip reef shark. OVERALL; 5 This location, in my experience, offers the best, most relaxing snorkeling experience one is likely to find. I lose myself for hours... HAZARDS/CAUTIONS Other than keeping an eye out for avas (channels leading out to sea through the reef), there are none that I can think of. EASTERN NATIONAL PARK. To the east of Hurricane House is a sharp point of land which leads to a long crescent of beach all the way to Sunuitao Peak at the far eastern extreme of Ofu. Across the road, an ancient (now abandoned and overgrown) village called To'aga once stood. Like Hurricane House, this area also offers great vis and wildlife, but not the depth and ease of swimming offered to the west. ACCESSIBILITY; 4 In the same general area as Hurricane House, but about of a mile east. VISIBILITY; 4 Usually the same as Hurricane House. Can occasionally be somewhat turbid during stormy weather or very high tides. UNDERWATER ATTRACTIONS; 5 Same as Hurricane House. WILDLIFE; 5 Ditto. OVERALL; 4 Almost as nice as Hurricane House but with fewer large coral heads. The shallow parts make it difficult at times, better results can be found just after high tide. HAZARDS/CAUTIONS A black tip reef shark is said to call this area home, but like all of the black tips I've encountered around Ofu it tends to shy away from people when spotted. There is also an ava nearby which, if you;re not paying attention, could present a hazardous current during certain tidal situations. WHERE TWO ISLANDS MEET. These three spots offer up more challenging options for Ofu visitors, as well as variety. None will offer the levels of wildlife and corals found on the south beaches of Ofu, but these places have charms and challenges all their own. ACCESSIBILITY; 4 Enter on the spit of sand immediately off the Sili road by the bridge, or hold onto your mask and jump from the bridge. VISIBILITY; 5 Great vis. UNDERWATER ATTRACTIONS; 2 Not much to see unfortunately, but a fun an...

A map of Ofu (click for larger). Vaoto Lodge owners Marge and Tito Malae. Sunset at Vaoto Beach. Vaoto Lodge is located on the beautiful, unspoiled island of Ofu in the Manu`a Islands group in American Samoa. American Samoa is 2,600 miles south-southwest of Honolulu and 4,800 miles southwest of California. It's the southernmost possession of the United States at 14-degrees south latitude and just east of the International Dateline. Ofu lies 60 miles east of the main island of Tutuila. The currency in the Territory is the U.S. dollar and Samoan and English are spoken everywhere. Vaoto Lodge is only steps away from Ofu Airport which is served by Inter Island Air out of Pago Pago. A 30-minute flight takes you to the lodge's doorstep. The Lodge is owned and operated by the Malae family and has ten clean, comfortable rooms. Marge serves three meals a day in the lodge dining room which also features a library, videos and DVDs, TV, games, and a telephone. Internet access is also available. Outside, there is a large patio area and front yard, and just across the road is Vaoto's own beach. Meals are served family style at one large table which makes for a perfect way to meet people and make new friends. Talk about what you saw on the reef today, what you saw on the mountain, or who you met in the village. There is always good conversation at Vaoto! Each room has two beds, hot and cold running water, fan, and private restroom with shower. Water on Ofu is safe to drink and there are no dangerous animals or insects on the island. In the Manu`a Islands the day and night temperatures linger in the eighties and there's usually a cool breeze off the sea to keep things nice and comfortable. The water temperature is in the low eighties and the visibility is typically better than 50 feet, so bring your. The current temperature (updated hourly) in Manu'a:
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