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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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George of the jungle

You arrive at a George of the jungle style little village site, pay ur 4 tala and they say swim out past the bent stick, your snorkelling along towards the stick and after about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Visited here several times during our stay in Apia. Entry is 4 tala per adult and 2 tala for a child. The beach is coral so don't expect white sand. Reef shoes are a must. There are flush toilets, basic change facilities, a variety of seats and swings and lovely shade trees. We found going on the rising tide was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

You arrive at a George of the jungle style little village site, pay ur 4 tala and they say swim out past the bent stick, your snorkelling along towards the stick and after about 50m out into the water a massive amazing reef appears! Dense coral with lots of little bright fish. A nice place for a picnic or snorkelling

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Make sure to check the tides - you dont want to go when there is a lot of water movement, but you also dont want to have to walk across a bunch of coral during low tide!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

snorkelling was amazing, never done it before. The weather was hot and the water was warm, just loved it. Water was clear. It is very rocky though, it's a pity it wasn't a sandy beach. This place was not packed at all so it was perfect.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My third visit (over several years) to the reserve - I wasn't so lucky with the weather this time, but its still well worth the visit for snorkelling. And a treat to be able to snorkel so close to a big town! Cost 4 tala each for entry - for which you can use the various seating options.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Just around the corner fron the harbour, we spent most of the day here. The reef is about 100m out but the water mostly chest height until about 10m away. Some lovely fish in crystal clear water. Cost us about 16 tala to enter. (2 adults 3 kids) Benches for picnic and rope swings. Not too much of a beach.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was our first snorkelling experience ever and we were blown away by the wonderful tropical fish. This experience got us hooked on snorkelling, and we went out snorkelling in Savaii and the south coast of Upolu also on our trip. Took awhile to get out to the reef, but was well worth it. Very inexpensive activity which we all... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Fantastic place for snorkeling. You have to get 30 meters out to see the coral reefs and fish, and there is a lot of them! Take the swim all the way out to where the shallow coral reef ends - here's the best possibility to see the larger fish. A fair price, considering you could use the most of your... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

the best snorkeling in Samoa right in town, easier to get to at high tide Swim, low tide and you have to walk. you will be amazed at the number of fish you see.

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Hilton, New York
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

. I truly liked the palolo Deep Marine Reserve. Some have said that it is difficult to access except at high tides That is true but it certainly worth waiting for the tide. The location was not created for the convenience of the tourist ,but for thr preservation of marine life. It is NOT of a great depth and careful... More 

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Additional Information about Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Address: Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Location: South Pacific  >  Samoa  >  Upolu  >  Apia
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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