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Pago Pago Harbor, Tutuila    

Trip Day Twenty: Thursday, October 11, 2007     

Pilot Boat Passes Channel Marker

Marina Near Mouth Of Harbor

Pilot Boat Passes Channel Marker

Rainmaker Hotel

This hotel was once an icon in the South Pacific. Now they say the government owned hotel offers standard rooms and bungalows with restaurant, tour desk and day reception. Soon to be renovated. It looked deserted when we passed by.

Here's what the Website on American Samoa Resorts had to say about it, no doubt in response to numerous questions on the topic: This is one of the most unusual hotels in the South Pacific. Built in the 1960's alongside a picturesque beach on the outskirts of Pago Pago, this hotel is now owned by the government. However, this figurehead of tourism is in a complete state of dilapidation with unrepaired doors hanging off their hinges, broken roof slates lying around and a pool green with algae. Many of the rooms are dysfunctional with broken doors and stripped of furnishings and paint but there are still pleasant enough rooms and bungalows overlooking the beach. The hotel is frequented by Government Officials on often dubious business. If you are one for novel experiences, then stay here for a few nights - you'll likely meet some interesting characters and will no doubt have a few stories to tell back home.

Looking Back to Open Sea

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