Friendly Samoa impresses visitors

Katie Bethan and Ethan Johnson, of New Zealand, have no regrets about choosing Samoa as their holiday destination.

The duo were in the country to celebrate Ethan’s 21st birthday. 

 “We love Samoa,” Katie told the Dear Tourist team.

“Everyone waves out to you at the streets and that’s something you don’t get back home,” added Ethan.

For the couple, their most memorable experiences being on the island included the Alofa’aga blowholes in Savai’i, To Sua Ocean Trench, swimming with the turtles, walking around town and feeding stray dogs.

 “We enjoyed feeding the stray dogs as well,” Ethan said with a smile. 

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“Some of them just aren’t friendly but if you get one to come up to you, then it’s uphill from there.”

The couple said they were scouting for perfect vacation destinations and Samoa was the most attractive.

“It’s not as touristy as Fiji, and it’s bigger than Cook Islands; more things to do I guess because we don’t want to sit by the pool all day.”

“We like to go around and do different things on both islands and variety of things to see,” Katie said. 

The couple spent the first few days of their 10-day trip at Samoana Resort on the south-side of Upolu, traveled to Savai’i where they stayed at Vaimoana Seaside Lodge in Asau and then Taumeasina Island Resort for the rest of the trip.

The pair said they have enjoyed their rural experience so much; immersing themselves into the culture and the Samoan way of life. 

“Taumeasina is really nice and fancy. We’ve been staying in a small fale and more Samoan, but this one is very ‘white’ and doesn’t really feel like you’re in Samoa,” Katie said.

The couple left Samoa for New Zealand yesterday. 

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