Hard work and determination sets pioneers apart from normal people. The vision of Tisa, to restore marine life back into her village bay was farfetched and seemed impossible for most islanders. But Tisa was set to do otherwise. Since 1980, each day was dedicated, for cleanup campaigns along with the help of her family to collect trash in the bay, beachfront, and highway of her village home. Much of the island and local people rebelled, when she declared her beachfront and village Bay off limits to fishing and sand mining, by 1985. “It was a long and painful journey of my life to lay down the new environment laws of our village,” admitted Tisa. “Enforcing them took many years of near death experiences and life threating encounters from unhappy poachers.” Tisa was determine to continue enforcement and surveillance of Alega Preserve. Her mission was clear and precise to restore damaged coral reef caused by powerful cyclones of 1990 and 1991. Entire coral reef colonies with living animals and their shelters became pebbles on the beach.
Thirty years later, we are excited to share amazing results of conservation and preservation of our Marine Sanctuary. Take a snorkeling tour, in our coral reef and greet the residents in Alega Marine sanctuary. From giant clams to baby octopus, and turtle nesting, all is worth a day of meditation at Tisa’s barefoot world. Let us offer you our new conservation approach, of how to be a responsible traveler and feel the heartbeat of the earth. Our natural aquarium is an awesome place to start. You won’t be disappointed.
The Alega Preservation Institute is now a 501c3 organization. Your tax deductible donation can be made via the Paypal Giving Fund
As a pioneer and leader of Eco-tourism, of American Samoa, the 28 year old Tisa’s Barefoot Bar, is fully committed to reduce further damage to other living things and environment. We accept the responsibility of living by examples, and maintain sustainable business practice in our village and share them with our neighbors. Our mission to live in harmony with nature, has improved with lessons learned, through trial and error, education, and team work with our island community and government.
Restoring and sharing of our traditional practice and knowledge in organic farming has inspired planting of new food items on island. We encourage, fishing responsibly and in season, to insure protection of rare species from extinct. A healthy environment is a great sign of a balance eco system. We succeeded in improving our business outlook to reduce, recycled and reuse everything including trash washed up on the beach for our business shelter.
Stay in our Eco-lodge tree house homestay. They were designed and built for beach and nature lovers who would not have it any other way. Hiking, snorkeling and Samoan cooking class Tours are fun eco-friendly activities offered year round at Tisa’s.
Traditional Tattooing and Samoan Cultural arts are celebrated annually in the last weekend of October. Tisa’s Tattoo Festival, revived the Samoan Tatau and it has become one of the most sought after skin art internationally. Tattooing and cultural activities, including traditional food and music are some of the fun things to experience in this fun filled weekend of October. Want a taste of traditional Samoan tattooing tools? Welcome to the land of Samoan Tattooing and meet traditional tattooists at Tisa’s Annual Tattoo Festival. Get inked and celebrate the Samoan Tatau with the coolest people of American Samoa.
Po Ula (Nude) Friday is an ancient event celebrated at Tisa’s. It is worth staying overnight to greet the sunrise with an organic breakfast.
Day Rate US$225.00 per person. This tour package is truly the best way to spend your limited time in American Samoa. It is the only package that includes not only a guided tour, but access to a private pristine beach and snorkeling in a Marine Sanctuary as well as a traditional Samoan Umu Feast. Includes:
A guided sightseeing tour of beautiful Tutuila Coastline
Time at Tisa’s Barefoot Bar and exclusive, private beach
Unveiling of Samoan Traditional oven and dining experience
A guided snorkeling tour of Alega Marine Preserve
Enjoy Alega Beach and the World Famous Tisa’s Barefoot Bar
Sit down Samoan traditional cuisine
Your five hour tour begins 1/2 hour after the ship disembarks when we meet you when you exit the gate. Your package includes an hour and half guided sightseeing tour and three stops for photo opportunities in scenic locations, to capture your special memories in American Samoa, before your arrival at Tisa’s little slice of heaven in Alega.
Tisa’s Barefoot World has more in store for you.
An authentic Samoan feast is being prepared just for you in a stone-fired earth oven with only the freshest food available, locally grown and free of chemicals. Watch and learn how food was originally prepared, served and presented by Tisa’s ancestors for over 3,000 years.
A beautiful and idyllic private sanctuary awaits you. Enjoy combing the beach or just simply lounge on the deck and take it all in, as you share stories with new friends and enjoy a delicious homemade Pina Colada. The Alega Beach Marine Preserve is living aquarium and all yours to enjoy. Go for a swim in the clean, warm waters of the South Pacific or snorkel amongst a living coral reef with an abundance of marine life. If you plan to snorkel, please bring your snorkeling gear and a well fitting life jacket.
Unforgettable memories are waiting to be made and shared with friends and family. You will be amazed. That’s a guarantee.
To capture instant moments of your trip at Tisa’s, and share them with your families, we offer complimentary Wi-Fi for your convenience.
Apart from the beverage served with the Samoan Feast, delicious drinks are available for purchase at our fully-stocked bar.
By Reservation Only.
Our primary commitment is to help our planet heal. As an Eco-tourism business and as the stewards of the Alega environment, we are implemented a new business practice with Cruise Ship Season 2017. In order to reduce the impact of high volume on our eco business and resources, we are limiting the number of patrons who access the private Marine Sanctuary and our establishment. Large numbers have had an adverse impact on the preserve. We appreciate your support and understanding as we protect Alega for future generations.
The challenge of feeding the world has become a major concern today, especially for small islands in the South Pacific. Alega Village farmers have revived the organic farming secrets of their ancestors and put them to practice – this is how the Food Security 4 U Revolution was established in the year 2017.
Restoration and revival of the traditional planting secrets of Alega Village is our mission. For over a century, this village was the source of food supply for the island of Tutuila. After World War II, the village eventually lost its farmers by the mid-1960s. The next generation produced seven young men, and the farming of Alega began to flourish again. But once more, the young farmers got tired of farm life and slowly they disappeared on the plane to faraway lands, in search of the American dream. Today, we are eager and ready to revive the secrets of Indigenous farming of Alega Valley and provide food security for the island of Tutuila. Join the revolution.