The growing Samoan presence in New Zealand gives the Kiwis a glimpse into our Island life.
Keen to experience the real thing and relate to their Samoan heritage, Liz Harris, aged 26 and partner, Peter Stockton, aged 27, travelled to Samoa.
Part Samoan herself, Liz knew to expect gorgeous weather and has not been disappointed.
“The heat is my favourite thing; the temperature and the swimming,” she added.
Samoa has seen an influx of tourists escaping the chilly winters of New Zealand. Although just a three hour flight, it seems a world away.
The couple are six days into their two-week excursion.
In which time, they have been sure to explore the local cuisine.
“I’ve been pretty adventurous with what I’ve been eating. I didn’t want to just stick to what I’d been eating at home, and thought I should try some of the local produce and some of the raw fish dishes,” said Peter.
They have also tried several of the restaurants the Capital has to offer.
“We went out one night with a relative which was good. We held a surprise party and it was good to meet some people,” Liz added.
The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel has been the perfect base for the past few days.
“It’s a busy hotel, but that’s to be expected seen as we are in the middle of town. From the beginning of the trip we have been trying to take in some of the shops and walk around town,” said Peter.
However, ready to experience the quieter side of the Island, they are checking out of the Sheraton and into a resort on the South Coast today.
During their stay they hope to do some snorkelling, visit the famous To Sua Trench, and of course relax on Lalomanu beach. The drive to the south coast alone is known for its incredible beauty, undoubtedly the couple will find the relaxation they are searching for in the south.
Having not been on holiday for nine years, Peter was set on Samoa after his friends visited the island last year and recommended it as the perfect place to relax.
In much need of a break, the laidback atmosphere of the island suits him perfectly.