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Aussies love Samoa, not keen to return home

Australian tourists Mitchell Paterson and Claire Farquharson return home on Wednesday.

But the couple will leave our shores half-hearted as they say they do not want to go back after having so much fun in Samoa, and are mindful of the ever increasing threat of the coronavirus in their homeland. 

The Gold Coast residents literally crisscrossed Samoa during their one-week stay, having ticked the box for tourist attractions such as the To Sua Trench, Matareva beach and the Alofa'aga blowholes in Savai’i.

"We are loving Samoa, we don't want to go home. It is really beautiful here," Ms Farquharson said.

Mr. Paterson added: "We have been to the To Sua trench, which we loved. We have also been to Matareva beach and it was so beautiful.”

Asked what spot they enjoyed the most, the couple said they wouldnt go past the waterfalls and the To Sua Trench. 

On the big island, they also visited “Swimming with the Turtles as well as Alofa'aga blowholes, though they didn't expect the ferry ride to be long.

"We loved the To Sua Trench and the waterfalls because they were naturally beautiful. We traveled to Savaii and visited the blowholes and also the waterfalls there and we also liked seeing the turtles. The ferry ride was long but good so we had no worries at all," Ms Farquharson added.

However, on the eve of their departure, the couple said they are not looking forward to returning to Australia due to the coronavirus.

"It would also be good to spend more time in Savai’i to see more stuff because it was really stunning. Both islands are actually nice and beautiful. We are safer here than in Australia," Mr. Paterson added.

On the couple’s arrival a week ago, they said they did not encounter any difficulties when passing through immigration.

"Clearance at the airport was good and well done," Mr. Paterson said.

However, they are of the view that they will experience challenges on their return due to the health restrictions imposed by the Australian government. 

"Our flights are still good but probably getting back to Australia would be a problem," added Ms. Farquharson.

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