Tau American SamoaDew American Samoa
ASIA SAMOA Hotels and Beach Resorts Online Hotel Reservation Center with up to 76% off published prices! The small, peaceful Aunu' u is a fifteen minute drive by boat from Tutuila. Easy to explore in one or two days (but not on Sunday; you will not be welcome), the isle is an approachable break from the Pago Pago traffick.
The Pala Lake is a wonderful area of fire scarlet shifting sand - exceptional from the rim, fatal in the midsection. Across the isle is Ma'ama'a Cove, a kettle of windsurf, spume and reef. The Ofu is the most dramatically and beautifully of the Manu'a Islands.
Ofu Krone Jewellery is the southern shore of Ofu - the 4 km long sandy beaches are one of the most attractive in the Pacific. Snorkel with your equipment: the water here is part of the reserve and there are some great views of 300 different types of snorkel and 150 different types of corals.
Archeologists found a series of Samoan artifacts behind the beaches of To'aga in 1987. As part of the historic Manu'a Isles, Ta'u was the intellectual capitol of Polynesia before colonization in the West. It offers many traditional landmarks - among them the graves of the last Tu'i Manu'a (the most important chieftains of these islands) - and breathtaking scenic beauties.
It is six hours on foot from the town of Ta'u and is a gigantic volcano craters. The National Park ranger are planing a hiking trail to the craters.
TRULD DIVER FISH BIOMASS STUDY in Tau, American Samoa 2012
In order to promote the long-term objectives of the CRCP for the ecosystem sustainability of the reefs, the CRED (Coral reef Ecosystem Division) of the PIFSC (NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center) is conducting studies under the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP) for cruising.
Within the scope of RAMP Cruise HA1201 11 tow line measurements (total length 22.50 km) were carried out in Tau in American Samoa from 20120401 to 20120426. Towerboard surveys are a good way to obtain a general definition of large areas of coral reefs, to assess the condition of low-density large specimen of large marine species, large-scale disturbance (e.g. bleaching), general distributions and frequency pattern of macroinvertebrates (e.g. thorny tops, mammals) and to assess the trend in these population groups and measurements.
One couple of dives (1 grebe and 1 benthos diver) are dragged 60 meters behind a small start with a velocity of 1-2 nodes and a deep of approx. 15 meters. Each measurement is 50 minutes long, comprises approx. 2 km of living space and is subdivided into ten 5-minute measurement sections.
Divers catch all large specimens (over 50 cm in length ) at the minimum possible taxion within 5 metres on both sides and 10 metres in front of the tow. In addition, the fishing board is equipped with a forward-facing numerical camcorder which captures the measurement sheet.
Capturing the percentage coverage of corals and macro-algae, the Benthian scuba-divers estimate the types and complexities of habitats and censor a range of macro-invertebrates that include the thorny top, starfish and seal. A down-directed digicam is mounted on the towing board, which displays the bench every 15 seconds.