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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

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Address: Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
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Not worth it

While it is only 4 Tala to visit I really don't think it was worth it. A lot of the coral around Samoa is dead and there was not a lot to see that we couldn't find outside our... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

While it is only 4 Tala to visit I really don't think it was worth it. A lot of the coral around Samoa is dead and there was not a lot to see that we couldn't find outside our resort.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Good easy snorkling, within walking distance of Apia Harbour. Currently $4 per person entry, 7 days. Snorkling is accessible and good. Easy for kids and novices. Tide is important, because it's shallow, so a couple of hours either side of high tide are best- some rips develop as the tide changes. Toilets/changing rooms and parking available at no extra cost.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The January heat in Apia is pretty intense, but an afternoon here cooled and relaxed me! For 4 tala, you gain access to this Marine Protected Area managed by the local community. There are changing rooms and toilets, and lots of wonderful places to rest and eat a picnic lunch under the huge trees. The ocean breeze was so very... More 

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Canyon Lake, TX, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We visited the Palolo Marine Reserve during a one day cruise stopover in Apia. The reserve is about a 5 minute walk to the left after exiting the port gates. We were there during low tide, which made getting into the water easy, but also made swimming the approxmately 100-150 yards offshore to get to the better coral a bit... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

a few more touches from the caretakers of the beach would make this place a truly nice experience. Its all fine once you get in the water. The edge of a deep bowl on the left side of the snorkeling area is really nice, with more fish and space. Fish are not abundant, but the corals are great.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Getting into the water when the tide was starting to come in was a bit challenging but once at start (150m offshore) it was worth it! Once there there was no current - lots of fish and interesting coral that I haven't seen in other countries...The plus side was when I was swimming back to shore it took no effort... More 

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Geraldine, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Very strong currents when we were there so struggled a bit to get out there. While over the deep area no problem wit current. No really notable large fish We had much better snorkeling on the south coast of Upolu. Nice to have this place close to Apia. Good showers for afterwards. Only 4 Tala entry fee.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

If you are into Snorkeling this is a must. Just within a couple of hundred meters you will encounter beautiful coral and fish. This is a must for adults and kids alike. In the heart of Apia

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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fantastic beach - aside from the choral. Beach shoes would be a good option. A beautiful place - lots of huge trees for shade, great toilet facilities and the snorkelling was great. So much colour. Highly recommended. Take your own equipment if you can because the ones for hire (from 4 tala to 7 tala) aren't great. No playing music... More 

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Westport, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Bit of a swim out required - so flippers are a must. Plenty of live coral and fish once you get out. Well worth the effort.

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