Papase'ea Sliding Rock safe for tourists

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 06 March 2020, 12:00PM

A U.K. tourist has warned of the dangers of visiting the Papase’ea Sliding Rock, after a log that was dislodged came close to hitting her partner.

Rosevir Frezille, who lives in London and is visiting Samoa, said she will no longer visit the popular tourist site unless the operators clear it of logs close to the river.

“I went there for a swim and while I was there with my partner a big log came down on us and almost hit my partner. I don’t want to go back there unless someone assures me that it is safe and all the trees near the rock are being cleared,” she said.

But Asiasiga Uluulu, who is in charge of the management of the facility, said they clean up and check the area every day to ensure it is safe for visitors and there is no reason to be worried about safety.

“The Sliding Rock is still safe, our committee takes turn in watching over this sight and there has been no complaint by any tourist to us, and if it’s the logs that are bothering them then I assure you that it is still safe,” she said. “So far, no complaints have come to us. I am also surprised by this, however, every day we go down there and clean everything. We make sure that everyone that visits here will have a great time and most of all safe.”

Mrs  Uluulu said they are yet to get complaints about safety issues experienced at the tourist facility and she is surprised with the grievance expressed by the British tourist.

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 06 March 2020, 12:00PM
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