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Aroa Marine Reserve

#11 of 68 things to do in Rarotonga Features Animals
Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Best snorkeling area

This is just heaven. You can park at the beach then 10 meters of walking and you are swimming with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hamilton, New Zealand
via mobile
Colourful fish

The fish were very colourful in shallow safe waters. I enjoyed this better than the Barrier Reef... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is just heaven. You can park at the beach then 10 meters of walking and you are swimming with beautiful fish just a meter off the sand. Best place on the island and I will stay here next time. It's quiet clean and sheltered....More

Thank Cookster_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fish were very colourful in shallow safe waters. I enjoyed this better than the Barrier Reef. Helps to wear footwear as I did cut my feet on rocks.

Thank AucklandWino
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is just the loveliest side of island for checking out what is in the water below. Your choice to snorkel or scuba and try and find moray eels and friends...

Thank voncraig1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sad but a lot of coral damage...some by storms and some by people reef walking. The truth is there is not much coral but a lot of different fish and is still worth while but most important you are inside the reef now if you...More

1  Thank mavnick
Reviewed July 5, 2017

We drove down to snorkel during high tide. Once you get to the resort, you just walked through the main lobby to the beach. The staff were friendly about this. While snorkeling, we saw some fantastic marine life including a peacock flounder, blue stars, clams,...More

2  Thank legallyred
Reviewed June 27, 2017

We stayed at the Rarotongan and snorkelled the lagoon daily. There are just so many fish to see even close in shore but the further out you go the more variety there is. And what you see by one part of the coral will change...More

1  Thank TStevenson77
Reviewed June 22, 2017

We snorkeled here many times during our stay and it was always wonderful. The visibility can vary a bit, of course. The best coral is out further from the beach but the fish are plentiful everywhere.

Thank Katrina H
Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

Snorkelling in the marine reserve was the highlight of our trip to raro! Found it safe and easy and some of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen underwater! Stunning. Top tip would be take your own snorkel as resort ones are pretty well used...More

2  Thank GemzA1984
Reviewed May 27, 2017

Possibly the best place on the planet to swim and snorkel, safe and crystal clear and right outside your front door.

Thank Stephenb2211
Reviewed May 9, 2017 via mobile

Hands down the best snorkelling on the island! Easy and better visibility than elsewhere. Access from across the road from Kaena restaurant....

Thank henrywX4821YS
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June 22, 2017|
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Response from Bima77 | Reviewed this property |
There are hourly buses around the island, one going clockwise, the other anti-clockwise, throughout the day. You can be dropped off and picked up right there.
Dion N
April 5, 2017|
Response from Argentine | Reviewed this property |
Hi, apologises for taking so long to answer. I didn't do the night snorkel, even though I had intended to. The night snorkel was a guided tour and if I had gone I would have booked via the Rarotongan Resort and Spa, as the... More