If there is one thing that keeps tourists visiting Samoa’s shores, it’s the people.
Take it from couple, Claas Damken and Christina Ergel of Germany and New Zealand, who says the friendliness shown to them by the locals makes being in Samoa more enjoyable.
They are here with their 16 month old son, Casmir, who has somehow been the centre of attraction at their accommodation – Lalomanu.
“The friendliness of the locals, how much they’ve taken care of other people, like how they showed our son, everyone was carrying him and looking after him and he was happy, especially during dinner, he just felt integrated like we were part of this big happy family,” Christina said to the Dear Tourist team.
This is their first time in Samoa and they’ve loved the ocean, however they could not help but notice the damaged corals.
“I think it was the tsunami that hit the country in 2009,” Christina added.
The family was also treated to some local mouthwatering dishes.
“We had the umu, which was nice and the roasted pork that was great as well. We also had that food that looks like spinach, I think it was the palusami, I loved that, we loved that,” Claas explained.
Claas and Christina also shared their views on what could possibly help tourists while visiting the country and probably get in more tourist dollars.
“We like going to places that are not so touristy and we like to visit waterfalls and other places and one thing that Samoa really needs are road signs to help tourists,” Christina said.
Claas added: “Signs that are easily recognizable, like for the roads, there are different sizes and different signs for the roads, which should not be the case.”
Christina explained: “One thing we noticed is that when you go through the villages, it’s really tidy and you have rubbish cans where people put their rubbish, but sometimes when you go further to other parts of the island, you will notice rubbish just lying around.”
Despite this, they said they would return for more island time.