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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
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Ranked #4 of 8 attractions in Apia
Type: Bodies of Water
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We discovered the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve by mistake, driving around Apia. What a gorgeous location. When we went to first time it was low tide, so were were able to walk / swim all the way out to the end of the reef. Tropical fish everywhere, just swimming around us. Our next visit was at high tide & it... More

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Barrington, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We did a lot of snorkeling on both Upolu and Savai'i and found that the accessibility and impressive fish and coral of the reserve was about as good as it got for snorkeling. It seemed very safe and if your not too spooked by deep water snorkeling a look right out around the edge of the deepest holes was excellent.... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We paid 4 tala each to enter the marine reserve and took our own snorkelling gear. There was a wide variety of fish, though most of them were on the smaller side and some beautiful coral as you got out deeper. We'd heard all the recommendations to go at high tide, which we did do, but found there to be... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

You'll see some pretty nice fish out there. Not much in terms of coral but there are plenty of fish to see. No shower facilities.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Remember to take some aqua shoes as you have to over quite a bit of rocky coral in shallow water before the reef drops enough to swim. Was great snorkelling although I did get attacked by a triggerfish (10cm long) but enough leave a small welt on my arm where he bit me - must have been standing on his... More

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We saw a lot of colourful and funny looking fish! Snorkeling gear could be rented and valuables were taken care of by staff while we were snorkeling. Showers to clean yourself of salt water after snorkeling. Easy to find a taxi to get back to down town Apia afterwards.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The Kids (19-20-21 yrs old) so wanted to experience snorkelling and Palolo Deep Marine was close to where we stayed.When we went they told us to come back cause its better at low tide 1pm and when the kids went back they had no other size flippers besides size 7 and the snorkel needed cleaning.The entrance area looked worn down.It... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

In the first two visits a couple of years ago, I found they didn't have adult size flippers and snorkels and was told the best spot to snorkel was the deep blue area in the water. I swam there and freaked out when I saw a shark! Lucky for me the tide was going out so the shark would not... More

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was a great afternoon out for us, plenty of shade and a great safe swimming spot for kids. The swim out to the deep was hardgoing that day with the current and we didn't take the kids. Would recommend an underwater camera and hiring the snorkels and flippers if you don't have your own. The facilities aren't five star... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

It was lovely, the water was warm and the guys on the boat were really helpful. The coral was lovely, and the fish were beautiful, but not as many as I imagined. I did see a turtle, apparently there are usually loads of turtles, but there was a big cyclone brewing so perhaps they all headed for a safe rock.... More

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