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“Best activity on Moorea!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lagoonarium

Afareaitu pk 8.5, Cote mer, French Polynesia
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Moorea
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Davenport, Iowa
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“Best activity on Moorea!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

This was a fantastic experience for both of us. I'm a diver, and the snorkeling was so good that I didn't go diving: we went here for three days! Wilfred (the attendant on the Island) was friendly and helpful, giving out information and suggestions. We were provided a small hut (to keep our things and as a place to get out of the sun or rest if we wanted to. There are ropes strung (so you can pull yourself along if you don't want to swim or to fight the slight current), and a huge area to explore. Fish feeding was at 11:30 and 2:00, and we were surrounded by hundreds of fish of all kinds, Sting Rays, Black-tipped Sharks (non threatening), and Margareete, a 7' Mooray eel. There are several kayaks that are free to use, and we enjoyed paddling in the lagoon and around the island. It is located past the ferry landing, towards the village of Afareito, with a small shack on the ocean side of the road. Once you pay, they radio for the boat to come pick you up, and you have a 5 minute ride to the private island. Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa are provided at no cost, but they do not have any food. We can't say enough good about the experience! (cost is a reasonable 29,000 CPF (about $30).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

The Intercontinental laggonarium in Tahiti is my favorite place on earth where to swim. Read about it in my comment on the Intercontinental hotel in Tahiti.

Visited December 2011
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Powell River, Canada
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“The best place to explore a lagoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

The owner built a little village on a big piece of rock, right next to a private island in the middle of the lagoon. He built little huts when you can rest and leave your things when you go snorkeling. He built a restaurant with washroom and shower that looks like a charming old boat . When you go snorkeling there is rope that helps you navigate in the lagoon. You can see sharks, sting rays, murenes, and all the usual multicolored fish. The owner built a little pool when you can see what the dangerous St Pierre look like as well as the scorpion fish. This was the best place I saw for snorkeling.

Visited January 2012
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Richmond, Canada
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“Fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

Lagoonarium was amazing! We parked in the parking lot and the lady in the hut there indicated she would call for the boat to come and pick us up. She also advised we would pay once we got to the Lagoonarium. We didn't really know what to expect!

The boat picked us up and took us to the Lagoonarium. He showed us to our private hut for the day where we could stow our stuff and gave a us a tour. It was a Wednesday and only 8 other people there so we felt pretty safe leaving our cameras and money in the hut - not sure what else you could do with it, while we went through the coral garden (took about an hour, but could have taken longer and gone a few times).

And then we were off along the ropes and through the coral garden! It was such a safe and somewhat easy (it was very windy that day and a lot of waves) way to explore the reef and see tons of fish, some rays, and my friend even saw a shark.

We brought our own masks and water shoes. Not sure if they provided snorkel gear, but recommend you bring your own. They did provide water shoes though. They also did provide water, coffee, and hot chocolate (free), but the advertisement said you could buy food, but we were told there was no food that day. So bring your own food and water!

We stayed about 4 hours and caught the morning feeding (11 or 11:30) and that was AMAZING! Do not miss it! The rays come, the sharks come, and all the fish! Get in the water with your gear and prepare for fun! Don't be afraid :) And definitely bring an underwater camera (or two!).

The guy feeding the fish and the boat guide were so friendly - would definitely go back but would bring food and more water :)

Visited November 2011
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San Jose, California
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“BEST of Moorea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

I love this place. I cant believe it only has 6 reviews! You have to rent a car (or maybe book with a tour group) and drive here. There's a sign right out front. You parked and they have a boat that brings you a private island. There you can enjoy snorkeling in clear clear water and a pristine coral garden. When they feed the rays and black tip sharks, you can get a close look at them. If you are not a good swimmer, you can pull yourself with the ropes. it'll bring you to the different parts of the lagoon. The lagoon is not closed off, so fish are not trap in one place. If you don't want to swim, you can sleep in the tiny hut! This is one of the best things I did in Moorea and it was cheap!

Visited December 2010
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