Airport and scenery impress couple

By Anina Kazaz ,

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NOT JUST WORK: Kevin and Paulie Rule excited to go into town and explore another part of the island.

NOT JUST WORK: Kevin and Paulie Rule excited to go into town and explore another part of the island. (Photo: Anina Kazaz)

The newly upgraded Faleolo International Airport is another reason Kevin and Paulie Rule would return to Samoa. 

Speaking to the Dear Tourist team, the couple spoke highly of the upgraded airport noting the difference since the last time they came. 

 “Certainly noticeable is the upgrade since the first time we came here,” Kevin said.

 “The airport has really upgraded. It is definitely better now to come inside the airport with the air conditioner it is lovely, definitely more comfortable,” Paulie added.

Apart from that, Samoa is just a perfect place for the couple to relax and get away from their busy schedules. 

This is the third visit for the couple from Taumarunui, New Zealand. 

Being married for 48 years has its perks. Having to travel the Pacific area together and enjoy the beauty of the tropics couldn’t be done much better than with your soulmate. 

They have been to Fiji, Rarotonga, Hawai’i and Vanuatu.

Faleolo International Airport. Photo/Misiona Simo
Faleolo International Airport. Photo/Misiona Simo

 “It was perfect that we had to come to Samoa. We used that as an escape from the real cold weather back home. The roads there have been closed because of the snow,” Kevin said.

This time, they’ve extended their stay a bit to experience more of Samoa. 

 “The people are very nice and helpful and friendly. This time we did not eat the local food, but we had it before, which was good,” Kevin added.

 “We haven’t done a lot, just enjoying and relaxing mostly in the resort.”

The couple offered some advice for Samoa’s tourism sector. 

“I think you just have to be open and let the culture come to you. It is a much laid back atmosphere here and you are able to get used to it, just let it happen and take it easy,” Paulie shared.

 “I am sure we would come back again. It is a very good place to come and we will totally recommend it. The first time we came we probably wouldn’t recommend it, but now for sure. There were really not a lot of things here and very little shops, but now it has changed, which is definitely an improvement.”

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