New Zealand couple making their third visit as they love it here

Karen and Richard are having a ball on their third visit to Samoa – and they will continue to come back as they love the country and its people.

Residents in New Zealand's South Island and in their 50s, Karen and Ivan Richards said they will not and haven't grown tired of returning to Samoa and this is their third visit. 

"Our first impression of Samoa when we first came is that everybody's friendly and the weather is great, as we have done some previous tours around the island," Mrs. Richards said.

When asked by Samoa Observer what compels them to continue to return, they said they just make the call and might even make the trip to Samoa five times in a row. 

The couple is for the first time staying at the  Tanoa Tusitala Hotel in Sogi, which was a deliberate choice as they wanted to walk around town experience the hot weather. 

"When we first came, we stayed at other hotels like Aggie Grey and Sheraton's hotel but now we just decided that we should live close by to town so we can walk and we've hired a motorbike and we'll go buzzing around," Mr. Richard said.

The couple has also shared that they love the traditional shows that they watch in the hotels and around the urban areas and even music and dance.

Vailima has also caught the attention of the couple, especially Mrs. Richards as she said it was the first local beer she has tasted. 

While other tourists have raised concerns about public transportation in Samoa, the New Zealand couple brushed aside concerns said the transport was really good. 

"We went to Rarotonga last year and there were three planes that arrive at one time and so the transportation was really good and fast and also we got picked up at the airport and the service is just so great," Mr. Richards added.

They uttered that they have all the reasons to return to Samoa to even if it's more than three times.

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