Father and son enjoy ‘laid back’ Samoa

By Anina Kazaz ,

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A HAPPY PLACE: Robin Hawkins is coming back to the place with the glorious climate.

A HAPPY PLACE: Robin Hawkins is coming back to the place with the glorious climate. (Photo: Anina Kazaz)

There’s no better place to strengthen the bond between a father and son then in Samoa. 

Meet Robin Hawkins from Timaru, New Zealand, who has been travelling to various destinations with his son, and this time they decided to visit Samoa. 

Their first visit to the islands couldn’t be more relaxing, a perfect atmosphere for them. 

Robin told the Dear Tourist team that the locals are very laid back, relaxed and these make Samoa the ultimate getaway destination. 

“I find the people in general very quiet, which is fine and the Samoans back in New Zealand are very similar,” he shared. 

Through the large number of Samoans in New Zealand, they became more interested in Samoa and wanted to learn more about the island and its people.

They rented a car for three days and visited different sites around the island, including tasting local cuisines in different resorts. 

Robin has been to Fiji a couple of times and also visited New Caledonia. “As a first time visitor, the thing that struck me is the number of churches,” he said. 

“When you compare New Caledonia with Samoa, I would say New Caledonia is more sophisticated. Here is lovely and very relaxing, the people don’t seem to worry and they show that.”

“It is hard for visitors to see the struggle, but you don’t see people protesting or anything, I guess they must have accepted the way of life in such a beautiful place.”

They have been happy with the services at the Taumeasina Island Resort. 

“I guess the advertising agencies in New Zealand know very little about Samoa and what Samoa has to offer, which is much more than people probably think. It is only four hours away,” he said.

Robin said he would like to return to Samoa. 

“I am absolutely happy that I came and I will recommend Samoa particularly at this time of the year because in New Zealand so cold and to come here for four or five days to this glorious climate is something else.” 

“I would have loved to stay some more days here,” Robin said.

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