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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
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Ranked #6 of 9 Attractions in Apia
Type: Bodies of Water
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AKJL
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Palolo Deep is quite a unique site with quite a bit to involve keen snorkellers, just 5 minutes from central Apia. Facilities are minimal, but a nice peaceful environment. However the currents here are quite strong and it's probably not suited to children or weak swimmers.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Really nice reserve but check the tide times if it's low tide the water is only up to your knees and take reef walkers, it's rocky rather than sandy. Pretty fish to see and when it's high tide great snorkelling.

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Apia, Samoa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Very close to Apia port and town. Very reasonable, only $WST4.00 per person. Nice shady tree/picnic area with swings, tables. Small beach. Nice snorkeling so close to town. Best closer to high tide but watch the rip as the tide comes in. No life guard - you are on your own! Takes a few minutes swim out to the 'hole'.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The start of the marine reserve is marked by a post about 100 m off the beach. We chose to go out at high tide, which was a good idea, allowing an easy swim out there. The Coral was quite nice and there was an ample supply of small to medium colourful fish. Not the tops in snorkeling, but worth... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is worth a stop if you like snorkeling as there is a bit more fish life than at some other spots around the island. It is walking distance from Apia and costs 4 tala per person. Has a small beach with lots of tables and shade if you want to take lunch or spend the day there. Not a... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Nice, safe place for a snorkel. Visibility wasn't terrific when we were there, but other than that, it was a good, reasonably priced outing with a shower and toilet to use.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A good place for taking the kids or for inexperienced snorkelers. You can float around in the shallows and see a small variety of fish but the drop off is a bit far out unless you are a good snorkeler. Costs a fee to get in like all attractions but 5 tala is worth it. There is equipment available if... More

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Suva
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Easy access marine protected area in Apia, good coral except where broken by tourists.... very close to commercial port, and possibly not as protected from local fishing as you might expect though - Fish pretty scarce on reef top, more plentiful in actual "Deep" which is a dramatic 12 m deep pool in the reef top.

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was a bit disappointed in Palolo, think I had been spoilt as had swim here 30 years ago when we lived in Samoa for two years. Entrance and sign post could do with some improvement. Take your own gear and wear reef shoes. It was a good experience for our party that had not seen coral and the fish... More

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

lovely snorkelling unexpectedly close to Apia town. Be reassured by using your own hygienic snorkel and be aware there is only one toilet and tiny changing room

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