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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

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Address: Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Awesome snorkelling, even in a tropical storm!

We didn't think a marine reserve right in Apia would be that great but it's actually pretty cool. The staff are totally laid-back.. as is the Samoan way.. but was no hassle to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

some of the best snorkeling in perfectly warm clear waters ever... So much beautiful colorful marine life ( underwater camera a requirement). Corals are magnificent. Near Apia. Ample parking. A must do.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

very convenient to town as it is only place to swim near the centre. there are rudimentary change and toilet facilites. the swim was quite hard out to the stick and there was only a little amount to see. good .for a short swim and snorkel and fairly cheap.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We didn't think a marine reserve right in Apia would be that great but it's actually pretty cool. The staff are totally laid-back.. as is the Samoan way.. but was no hassle to pay our 6 Tala (approx $3.50NZD), dump our stuff in a fale and head out in to the water. With the tide out you can walk all... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

you need to go at high tide to make the most of the snorkelling but its a very nice place to relax and snorkel when you please, the family there are lovely people too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The locals will help you out which way to swim, just ask them and then head out to see some glorious coloured fish and sea life!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We visited at low tide which makes the swim out to the reef very shallow. But once you hit the drop off, there is good clearance and excellent snorkeling. We had our own gear except for one teen who had outgrown his. Unfortunately, their rental gear is old and the mask had no seal so he couldn't join in. So,... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Lovely spot close to Apia, lots of coral so if the tide is out not nice to swim, having said that we enjoyed our time here. Once you are over the edge there is lots of marine life including turtles...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was an amazing crystal clear blue water pool , words can not describe this experience. Water was a bit cool at first but I didn't want to get out. So clean and clear.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Awesome marine life and plenty of live coral with beautiful colours. I advise you that snorkelling at low tide is best as the currents are weakest and easier to navigate around. Also the snorkelling equipment is a little average but if you can bring your own you will guarentee a more enjoyable experience.

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Auckland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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