If you haven’t been to Samoa, then you haven’t experienced the authentic Pacific lifestyle.
So says Kathryn Adams, 20, from Auckland, New Zealand.
In Samoa this week, she said Samoa is a must go-to destination.
She is originally from Denver, Colorado in America and moved about eight months ago to New Zealand, where she found a new home.
The Dear Tourist team met Kathryn at the Teuila Festival in Apia when she described her island experience.
“It is super beautiful, the first thing I noticed was all the palm trees, and it’s so green and pretty. The natural scenery is amazing,” she said.
“I’ve been travelling around the Cook Islands, but Samoa is different from anywhere I have been, really pretty and everyone is so nice here, that is very special. Samoans are so proud of their culture, which I really like.”
She said the Teuila Festival was exciting because of the fire dancing and the cultural displays.
“I think it is really great to get a showcase of Samoan culture in an organised way like this,” Kathryn said.
“There were actually less tourists in Apia than I expected. I don’t think this event has been as advertised as it could have been, there wasn’t much information. If I would have come with my friends, I probably wouldn’t have known about it. It’s not only the advertising but information where, what and when,” she said.
Kathryn said her intention of returning with friends is when she sees a lot of activities and offered for young people as well.
“I agree it’s more a destination where you relax and it’s not so much a night scene, but it is absolutely beautiful here.
“My favorite thing about Samoa is that everyone is so friendly,” Kathryn said.
Despite the low commercial standard, according to her, there is enough provided as she finds everything she needs.
“I do think in terms of signs, there are none or not many, which makes it hard to find anything. This could be improved to make the experience for tourists a bit easier.
“It has been an awesome experience and I would love to come back,” she said.