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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

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Address: Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Phone Number: 6857265289
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Lovely snorkeling

The coral close to shore is broken and sad looking but do persevere and swim out less than 100m; as the water gets deeper the coral gets much better. In the deeper water there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Probably still the best place to snorkel on Apia, and there are still a large number of fish and coloured corals. However over the years I have seen the quality decline. The fish numbers and species are not what they were 15 years ago, and much of the coral is now either smashed or bleached. Sad to see it go.

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Melbourne
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The water here was very shallow - even about 60m off shore, I was still hitting the floor when I paddled. Additionally, the coral is all dead. There is some brown sea grass, and a couple of regular looking fish, but none of the colour or vibrancy you'd expect from a paid-access reef. Unfortunately I think that the reef has... More 

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Melbourne
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Not for everyone.... When we went there we quickly left. Its about 100m swin out from the shore in what were VERY choppy and fast moving waters. No guards on site either. We asked if it was safe to swim and we were told that normally there is a strong under current, but that today there wasn't but that the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is one of the finest snorkelling destinations anywhere. One of the main reasons we return to Samoa.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The gate at the entrance, which simply says "closed" if the gate is closed and nothing when it is open, does not begin to give you an idea of the wonder of the underwater world that awaits you. At 4 tala (about US$2) entrance, this is pretty good value for money, and you can rent a mask, snorkel and fins... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The coral close to shore is broken and sad looking but do persevere and swim out less than 100m; as the water gets deeper the coral gets much better. In the deeper water there are colourful little wrasses, triggerfish, blue starfish and an assortment of other fish. When we were there the current was flowing onshore so it was perfectly... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Having 2 younger kids and a wife along without snorkeling experience I was apprehensive about the 100 yard or so swim to the hole where the good scenery was. Our first day out we didn't make it due to the rough sea but the 2nd day we made it fine. If you are itching to snorkel or take a swim... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Tucked away at the back of the industrial port, the marine reserve was a wonderful surprise. The coral reef area is less than 100m offshore and offers great snorkelling with lots to see.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Many fish and lovely coral. I visited this site when I was a child and enjoyed taking my children back many years later. Good fish life so close to the City.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

At $4WST to enter, it's fantastic value. An easy walk from town, the trench had a fantastic variety of coral and fish. It's a short swim out to the trench and no problem if you don't have flippers Well worth a visit

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