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Fatumafuti (pronounced fa-too-ma-foo-tee) is a well known beach in America Samoa. It was the first beach we went to upon moving here. This beautiful beach is located on the main road not too far from Pago Pago Harbor, which makes it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Not only is this one of the many beautiful spots on the island, but it is also the subject of one of the many legends here. This article will introduce you to the beauty and legend of Fatumafuti.
Natural Beauty of Fatumafuti
Fatumafuti is easy to spot from the road. It consists of two large dome-shaped rocks with green plants covering their tops. The two rocks are located about 25-50 yards apart from each other. Both are only a very short distance from the shore line. The look of the beach here is always changing, depending on the tide. At times, it is very sandy. At other times, the sand is covered with broken pieces of coral, small rocks, and shells.
Most of the time, you can walk or swim to the closer of the two rocks. During low tide, you can also walk out to the further rock. You can swim to the further rock during other times of the day. This is a great place to swim, especially for kids. While it is a little rocky, the water between the shore and the first big rock is pretty shallow. The waves are calm here as well. Additionally, the water is very clear, which makes it a great place to snorkel and see some fish. You can see tons of colorful, tropical fish here, especially closer to the second rock. And if you continue down the beach away from the big dome-shaped rocks to where the sandy beach gives way to a rock seawall, you can spot several bright blue starfish.
Please note, however, that this beach closes at 6 pm. Also, it is not open on Sundays. The villagers will make you leave if you try to visit during times when it is closed.
I have actually heard two different versions of the legend behind the name Fatumafuti. I’m not sure which one is more accurate. The first story that I heard was about a husband and a wife. One was named Fatu, and the other was named Futi. The story goes that they were in a small boat attempting to reach the island of Tutuila when their boat crashed. They both died and turned into the two rock formations to be together for eternity.
The other legend is about two boys named Fatu and Futi. According to this one, the boys did not listen to their parents and ran into the ocean. They died and turned into the two rock islands as a result of disobeying their parents. To me, both legends seem to fit the name and the beach area. Although, I personally prefer the first story.
Regardless of which legend you choose to believe, one thing is undeniable: Fatumafuti is a beautiful piece of paradise. It is a lovely location to photograph. It is also a great spot to spend some quality family time with your children. The other wonderful thing about this beach, like most of American Samoa, is that it is, even though it is a popular beach, it is usually not super crowded. Most of the time, you will have plenty of space to spread out. If you ever have the opportunity to visit American Samoa, you need to include Fatumafuti on your must-do list. You won’t be disappointed!
For more places to visit in American Samoa, see our posts on Airport Beach, Mt. Alava, Blunt’s Point, Turtle and Shark, and the best hikes in American Samoa. Check out our tips for visiting American Samoa on ways to improve your trip and awesome things to see on the island. Happy travels!
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