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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Apia
Type: Bodies of Water
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Beautifiul beach and worthwhile to go out for a snorkel. Signage to find this attraction poor. The toilets and change room were disgusting, barely 3rd world standard. I would gladly pay 10 tala instead of 4 tala if these facilities were improved

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

I have been to Apia many times but normally stay at a place with a swimming pool and hadnt checked out Palolo deep before. Such a great little spot when you are anywhere in the Marina area and want to cool off, have a swim. Only 4 tala and you get a shaded beach, picnic table and peace of mind... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The palolo Deep Marine Reserve is a great spot to go to in Apia, when the heat gets too much and you need to have some beach time. This was our first snorkelling experience in Samoa and though the coral isn't looking too hot, we had a great time and saw some beautiful tropical fish. Our 8 year old son... More

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a fabulous place to visit on a lazy afternoon, when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Apia but can't be bothered to go farther afield to the other beaches. This is *not* a fancy spot: there's a little shack that collects the tiny entrance fee and rents snorkeling gear, a few tables and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A lot of the coral at Palolo Deep looks dead or bleached, but there are some fantastic tropical fish in mesmerising colours to be sighted. We felt safe and unaffected by the currents. Visibility and coral vitality improved the further out we swam, and we thought the best spots were out a bit deeper near the drop-off. In total we... More

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australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Fantastic snorkeling when you swim out to the drop off - abundant fish everywhere & coral formations. We took our own gear but you can hire for a reasonable fee. If you are staying in and around Apia make sure you spend some time here.

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Medford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We love to snorkel & we were happy that this reserve was just a short walk from our ship. The beach is nothing to talk about. There is a small entrance fee. I'm not a strong swimmer & always wear my own vest to go snorkeling. The current was very strong & so I never made it out to the... More

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Feilding, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Lovely situation, nicely presented with seating, toilets, changing areas. Good you could hire gear at the office. Husband got up close with a turtle but we were not so lucky. The Deep sure is deep - very interesting.

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AKJL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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

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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