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“Fun, but didn't quite meet our expectations” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lagoonarium

Lagoonarium
Afareaitu pk 8.5, Cote mer, French Polynesia
+689 87783115
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Moorea
Type: Aquariums
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“Fun, but didn't quite meet our expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The Lagoonarium in Moorea is a fun attraction, but it has been built up too much. The cost is reasonable, but the huts are far from cozy. Maybe that's because we got there at 10:00. They open at 9:00 and by then the big huts were taken. So we had one half of a small one, and it was hotter inside than outside. And it was really hot outside because there is little shade. The Lagoonarium has no beach, just a rocky shore. I packed a lunch for my husband and I, but he wanted to leave after the 1st feeding because he wasn't enjoying it. There's really nothing to do between feedings. The 1st feeding was at 11:00, and that is really fun. Lots of fish, maybe too many fish. It's overwhelming how many fish are in your face. It was hard to see the eels at times because there were too many fish. But the stingrays are playful and fun. They love to bush against your legs and be petted, like a cat would do. So yes, you pay at the hut that's south of the ferry dock, they radio the guide to come get you. He takes you over and then you're on your own. No real instructions on what to do. A nice lady showed us around and told us not to go over to the "real" island because it's private property. Not really sure she worked there or not. Another lady who didn't work there told us not to go in barefooted because of the stone fish. I like laid back, but a little instruction would have been nice. There is a bathroom, but I wouldn't say it was really clean. Oh, and the current is really strong. That's why they have ropes, so you don't get washed away down current! I guess if you paid at the hut at feeding time, you would have to wait an hour because there's only one guy that does both jobs. If we had to wait an hour, we would have been very upset. Luckily we didn't. So, I have mixed feelings about this attraction. Very laid back and inexpensive, but like camping, you have to bring your own food and cold beverages. It's like camping with a fish show.

Visited May 2013
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“Great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Don't listen to the activity desk at the Hilton. We had two activity ladies try to convince us not to go to the Lagoonarium by making it sound like it's some cheesy petting zoo with fish kept in nets and that it's a real hassle to get to. We are so glad we didn't listen to them and followed the reviews here! We rented a car and drove over the the pickup point where a quick radio call to the Lagoonarium owner, Wilfred, brought him over with his boat. You pay the radio lady and it's CASH ONLY!! (approximately $40 USD) Wilfred's got a great setup on the motu with cozy huts to store your belongings and a water, coffee, cocoa station and working bathroom. There are no nets keeping the fish in, just buoys set up connected by ropes so snorkelers can hang on while exploring the area. You can spend a whole day there relaxing. We barely caught the afternoon feeding but thankfully we were able to experience it. The animals must know when the feelings are because there were a ton of stingrays that came by and Wilfred hand fed them as we guests petted and touched them. Hundreds of various fish came to feed, as well as several moray eels ventured out of their coral homes to be fed by Wilfred. And of course there were the reef sharks, a lot of them! They come close but not too close and appear rather shy of humans. But Wilfred didn't get too close to them like he did with the other sea creatures, so we suppose they can still be dangerous.

If you are coming to Moorea, check this place out. You won't regret it. We almost made the mistake of not going. Don't listen to those downer activity desk workers! ;)

Visited June 2013
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Alaska
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“A great place to snorkel & relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

the guided motu picnics on Moorea are fun, but this is much better. The guide lines in the water for snorkeling are excellent to view all the sea life. There are plenty of sharks and rays that come in for the twice/day feeding, and you there are a couple huge eels in the area that we've seen more than once now.
The most important suggestion is to get here early, especially since it is now become popular with tourists. It used to be mostly a local spot, so make sure that school is in session or you'll be lucky to get a private "hut" unless you arrive when it opens. There is a restroom, dining area, water, coffe, tea, and bbq grills available on site. Just stop by the store before coming for you food & drinks, & you'll have a great day

Visited June 2013
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Dublin, California
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“Our Own Private "Under the Sea" Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

What an awesome way to spend a day (or half day) on Moorea. We were overwhelmed by our day with Wilfred on the motu. The value for this adventure is just awesome. We were lucky enough by going on a Monday that we had the place to ourselves for a few hours. The guide line allows you to snorkel for as long (or as little) as you'd like. Going out to the far buoy was rewarding when the stingrays began to emerge from the ocean floor. Seeing the reef tip sharks up close was exhilarating. (They really don't care if you are there.) The price was about $40 US per person, quite a bargain in French Polynesia. This was the most amazing array of sealife that I have ever viewed in one place. The highlight of the day was being sandwiched by two playful stingrays. One of my favorite days in French Polynesia by far!

Visited March 2013
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Curitiba, PR
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“excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

A must visit in Moorea. The Lagoonarium is a little island just by Moorea surrounded by transparent waters with a coral garden and lots of marine life, including (inoffensive) stingrays and black-tip sharks and lots of colorful fish. There are small huts where you can store your belongings, food on demand and excellent staff to provide information about the place. Do not miss the amazing feeding that happens twice a day!

Visited April 2013
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