Samoa is a paradise in the heart of the Pacific, says Melanie Murphy.
Melanie, who lives in Auckland, New Zealand, flew into Samoa on August 6 for a relaxing holiday and to do a lot of sightseeing around the island.
And so far she’s been to the Piula Cave Pools and Maninoa Beach.
“Samoa is a paradise and a unique destination. People are friendly, so laid back. It makes me want to stay and never return to Auckland,” Melanie said to the Dear Tourist team.
“On Fathers’ Day, I went to mass at Mulivai Cathedral and went on a non-eventful fishing expedition on Monday. Unfortunately I think the fish knew we were there.
“My favorite food is raw fish mixed with coconut cream and palusami.”
Melanie has paternal links to Samoa and this trip allows her the opportunity to learn about her family origins.
“I have been learning more about my genealogy through my family here,” she said.
“I always wanted another tattoo for a while, but I had to wait until there was a point in my life where it was meaningful to me and it’s a celebration of my culture, my father and my identity. It is something that I am proud to honour my family with by representing it.
“Samoa is unique for their sense of pride in their culture and the way the people carry these traditions on passed through generations but at the end of the day Samoa is known for how they put their families first.”
Melanie raised concerns of the number of dogs she came across that barked at moving vehicles.
“I have noticed that the road rules do not seem to apply to the locals. Another thing is the footpaths; there is a great need of an infrastructure upgrade,” she said.
“Additionally, it is very expensive to have internet access in Samoa. I’ve noticed most people have their smartphones rather than having a broadband at home.”
Melanie returns to New Zealand next week Friday and plans to return with a friend.