Samoa woos Australian tourist

By Soli Wilson, 18 April 2019

First time Australian visitor, Rowena Phillips finds so much humour in Samoa.

The 50-year-old arrived into Samoa with a friend on Monday to experience and have sometime away from her "boring job".

"Everybody at my work does quite a bit of travelling and I'm always jealous, so i thought I'd go somewhere nice and warm and get a tan. But now I'm just red all over," she laughed.

We caught up with the pair while they were waiting for their rental car to head to Papase'ea for an afternoon swim. She likes the fact that tourist attraction spots are run by families who own the land.

"Interesting how some of the tourist sites are owned by the families who own the land, but it's good to get some income.

"And the one thing that got me was how you bury your family in your front yard. I think that's something lovely, I do. Bury them close," she said.

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Rowena was also amazed at the local traffic rules while noting the road condition from the airport to the city.

"I'm talking about crossing the roads and trying to figure out if we were supposed to cross and then crossing really quick," she laughed.

"We tried finding something to do at night time, and the only thing that opens on Monday was Mac Donald's and it was nice and cold," she laughed.

She said this is her best trip destination so far, saying "Oh it’s been beautiful. It’s very hot but the rain cools you down, so its okay", she said.

"Its just a nice place to relax and the road are a really easy, it's not a big island, easy to get around," she said.

Staying at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel for the rest of their trip, she said they went on Wednesday to Tosua Ocean Trench, Lalomanu Beach and Piula Cave Pool, which she said was the best and loved it."

"The water was just so nice, the scenery is just so nice too, and the people are so friendly. The little kids just wave at you and chase you down to say hello, and people just say good morning and hello, so it's nice," she smiled.

She was fascinated with the idea of the locals prioritising family always and just how amazing the Samoans have been during their stay so far.

"The people are so friendly and because everybody is like family and everyone is so big on family," said the Sydney resident.

By Soli Wilson, 18 April 2019

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