‘Samoa offers great beautiful warm beaches’
A first time visitor, Charlotte Ralphs from New Plymouth, New Zealand, was drawn to Samoa because of its warm weather.
The 23-year-old flew into Samoa with her partner Nick O’neill five days ago for a two weeks break.
The Dear Tourist team came across the couple while they were partaking in the cultural experience at the Samoa Tourism Authority Cultural Village in Apia.
Charlotte is originally from England, but has lived in New Zealand.
“We arrived on Sunday and then we checked into our booking, which was at Vaiula Beach Fales,” Charlotte said.
“We also rented a car so it would be easier for us to travel and explore the islands.
“I chose Samoa because I love being in warm places and with that being said, Samoa has beautiful beaches and warm water and not forgetting so many stunning natural sites to visit,” Charlotte said.
Charlotte said the Samoan people were very friendly, which gave off a nice vibe of being surrounded by happy people.
“We went to the To Sua trench, which was spectacular. It was so different in a way that it was exceptionally breathtaking,” she said.
“The location of the place we are staying in is on the way to where the trench is located so it was convenient.
“Samoa is unique because it still keeps a sense of its traditional way of life.”
Charlotte admitted it was Samoa was the first destination where she experienced staying in traditional Samoan fale.
“I have to admit that sleeping near the ocean hearing the waves crashing on the shore is very relaxing,” Charlotte said.
“I love the local organic foods like fruits; they just taste so refreshing, my favourites are the pawpaw.
“I had the opportunity to drink the local Samoan beer as well and so far my favourite is the Taula,” she said.
Charlotte said they will also be exploring Savaii and see how that side of the island differs from Upolu.
“We also want to do some shopping so we will head to the local markets to have a look at the local product.
“I feel like Samoa should stay the way it is at the moment and not be too modernised because once it becomes modernised, it will be just like every other country, focusing on development but losing its own sense of identity, which classifies them from the rest.
“Samoa is unique because it still keeps a sense of its traditional way of life, meaning compared to other countries, it is different in a way where it still maintains its normal lifestyle that has a nice vibe.”
Charlotte said she would recommend Samoa for couples looking for a getaway.
“There are so many different places to see and explore and it is just perfect to just escape from the everyday hassles of life.
“Samoa offers great beautiful warm beaches and I love that,” she added.