NOAA Teacher at Sea
Onboard NOAA Ship, Oscar Elton Sette
March 12 – March 26, 2012
Mission: Fisheries Study
Geographical area of cruise: American Samoa
Date: March 8, 2012
Hawaii to Pago Pago
We arrived in Pago Pago yesterday around midnight. A fierce storm had just passed through dumping rain everywhere, evidence of which still remained on the tarmac. Exiting the plane came with a blast of hot, humid air like a furnace on full blast.
Through the thick air, we could barely make out a long string of lights illuminating the single road defining the island’s coastline.
As we queued up with our belongings, we were greeted by the Immigration & Customs agents of American Samoa. All the officials greeted us with enthusiasm and welcomed us to their island. Unlike our U.S.customs, each department wore a different colored uniform which consisted of a matching shirt and lava lava, which resembled a wrap around skirt. Bags were inspected, questions were answered, and we were off to our next destination.
We arrived at Sadies by the Sea, a seaside hotel situated next to a shallow bay.
After settling into the room, I ventured out onto my little porch/ lanai to view the scene only to see giant “flying foxes” of the area. The enormous fruit bats that encircled overhead were common to the island.
I was lulled to sleep by soft lapping sounds of waves as they greeting the shore. The excitement of the day soon turned to sleepy eyes and happy thoughts of what will come tomorrow and the next adventure.