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7 top American scuba diving destinations

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American Samoa

American Samoa is one of the most far-flung U.S. territories. Sitting in the South Pacific, this archipelago is considered by many to be a true tropical paradise. This “paradise” is also found underwater in places like the Fagatele Bay Marine Sanctuary. This protected area is home to life-filled coral reefs and untouched seascapes that draw a variety of migrating animals as well as provide a protected place for numerous local species. Migrating whales and turtles sometimes pass through the waters of Fagatele, while unusual species such as giant clams call the reefs home year-round. American Samoa is also a great place for shore diving. This is especially true in the nature-dominated island of Tutuila, which is almost completely ringed by coral reefs. Ofu Island, known for its utterly idyllic beaches, also has an expansive coral reef that stretches for more than 300 acres.