New Zealand couple enjoy sights, sounds
New Zealand-based couple Leslie Aguas and Andrew Green have just flown into Samoa and are looking forward to enjoying the sights and sounds of the country.
Originally from the Philippines, 34-year-old Leslie is seeing Samoa with fresh eyes as a first time visitor.
“There’s so much potential, I told my partner because it’s my first time here with all the road works, and easier way to the airport but it’s good.
“It’s good that you guys want to improve and want to know more, because we’re from the outside and we see it as opposed to you guys who are always here,” she said.
The pair are here for a couple of days and cannot wait to discover Samoa, even in the unpredictable weather.
“It’s still good because it’s still warm. It’s all part of the experience,” said Andrew.
When asked about their interaction thus far with the locals, Leslie said: “They’re very warm, always smiling, such happy people, and I love the dancing and singing.”
Currently, they are staying at the Taumeasina Island Resort, which is where they met the Dear Tourist team.
“Yeah there’s a lot of potential here (and) because I’m from the Philippines so I’m very much into resorts and stuff, and I was just telling my partner that your shore, you could have started with that.
“Because you’re mainly a tourist spot, so you have to clean up the shore, remove all those rocks and stuff so it’s nice for your customers and they would definitely come back.
“They enjoy it because tourists like the beach more than the pool, so that’s something you can improve on, because that’s what we do in the Philippines,” she added.
Leslie urged the resort to make use of Samoa’s natural resources and build from there while also maintaining it.
“Basically just cleaning it up and maintaining it because you’ve got it, New Zealand doesn’t have it and you’re close to us so that’s something you could do.
“They don’t have the type of sand and the weather is so different we have beautiful beach, but the water is cold so that’s why people still come to tropical country like this and that’s a plus,” she added.
Clearing the rocks on the beach will enable guests, added Leslie, to enjoy the experience.
On the other hand, Leslie complimented the hospitality of hotel staff and she described as “beautifully cooked dishes” at the resort.
“I like the fish – the seafood – the tuna, sashimi fish, that was very nice. People are very kind, nice and warm so I really like it,” she added.
And while the resort is beautiful, Leslie is of the view that they have to improve on their breakfast menu, though.
Andrew, 42, said they will head to Seabreeze Resort soon as they want to check out the other side of Samoa.
“We’re going out soon to the other side which I haven’t been to yet, and I wanted to get to the more natural sort of stuff because this is quite resort and stuff.
He said they are excited to check out more beaches on the south coast while visiting the rural community.
“Even though we’ll be staying in a resort but check out some of the beaches and things. And when we drive over to the other side, most of it is kind of untouched like there are not huge amounts of development with homes everywhere and that’s going to be very interesting to drive around to see.”
The couple will not visit Savai’i on this trip and have vowed to: “Just going to hang out and see what we can find.”