The difference between Samoa and its other Pacific Island neighbours is that Samoa is still ‘raw and unfiltered’, according to Manoa Snorkelling’s Neil Lumsden.
Hawaiian-born Lumsden has been living in Samoa for 15 years and runs Manoa Snorkelling, Surfing and Hiking Tours, putting on several tours from different parts of Upolu.
‘Tourism should grow organically, supply shouldn’t outgrow demand,’ he says.
‘There are so many parts of Samoa that are less known to tourists and that are still being discovered, and we can help travellers discover this whether it be through snorkelling, hiking or surfing.’
Lumsden says because tourism is still growing throughout Samoa, a lot of the tourism companies work together allowing them to offer several different types of product and help tourists get in touch with the right guide for what they are after.
The Samoa Airways and Samoa Tourism media famil that finished up this week took part in a snorkelling with the turtles tour right from their accommodation at Coconuts Beach Club. They were able to see the only vegetarian turtles in the world as well as many other sea life.
Lumsden states this as one of the best areas in Upolu because swimming and snorkelling are safe, as well as being able to surf off the reef for more advanced surfers, so it caters to everyone.