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Address: Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Phone Number: 6857265289
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A slice of haven in Apia

This was so close to Apia. I brought my own goggles, but there's a place where you can rent goggles and fins. My friends and I swam out to the drop off to see the marine life, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
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Denver, Colorado
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Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here as it was one of the central areas that was available to swim. Both my son and husband enjoyed it as they could observe some of the marine life. The only negatives was that the area was rather small and although I don't mind paying to use the beaches, the bathroom and changing facilities are often very... More 

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Thank Raxit7
auckland
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

5 tala per person. Swim out to the sticks and you will find very good snorkelling for an urban area.

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Thank AucklandRewiti
Greymouth, New Zealand
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warm clear water as its close to harbour not a lot of fish,small fee to enter, toilet and changing room. Nice spot to read and dip

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Thank Guy M
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The coral is ruined and I was very shocked at how much it had changed since 2008 when I last visited. Did some snorkelling but didn't see much apart from a few fish. Sad how much it has really changed, for the worst.

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Thank Dot M
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The convenience of Palolo Deep is what gets us there. The customer service has room for improvement. There is snorkelling equipment to hire but not sure how hygienic or clean the mouth pieces are. The rocks leading into the water are quite sharp so if you have a pair of swimming shoes it is recommended that you wear them or... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This was so close to Apia. I brought my own goggles, but there's a place where you can rent goggles and fins. My friends and I swam out to the drop off to see the marine life, but there's also a lot to see along the way. The water was pretty clean, but the sand was basically broken bits of... More 

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The snorkelling here is very good with a reasonable range of tropical fish and an interesting 'drop off' not too far out. Toilets are basic, but fine. I had my own snorkelling gear but you can hire gear from the ticket booth if needed. Small entrance fee, pleasant, relaxing garden on the shore.

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Thank K B
Apia, Samoa
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

My 22yo son who is right into scuba spent ages free diving out at the hole and loved it. I decided to swim out and found that I wasn't as fit as I thought, it is a long way without fins for someone who hasn't swum like that for 20 years. The younger kids enjoyed the swings and swimming in... More 

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Apia, Samoa
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Right next to the marina in town, this jem is in a protected area of the reef. About a 100m swim to the 'deep' but well worth it.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

For the cost of 5 tala you get a lovely place to access beautiful snorkelling. The fish and the coral here a lovely and it is easily accessible. The weather was not the best for us while there...rainy season... but this is still worthwhile :)

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