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Aroa Marine Reserve

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Address: Aroa Beach, Cook Islands

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Can't believe how clean and unspoiled this place is

Although i did not get the opportunity to snorkel just looking at the reserve was enough to say i would deffinately do it on our retun visit. It is amazingly clear and clean.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
rossndi2015
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Napier, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although i did not get the opportunity to snorkel just looking at the reserve was enough to say i would deffinately do it on our retun visit. It is amazingly clear and clean.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We discovered this place during our recent visit to Rarotonga and it made our visit so special. The variety and size of the fish in the reserve was amazing. The children could play happily in the shallows and on the sandy beach. I spent ages just watching a moray eel having its teeth cleaned by a cleaner wrass. It was... More 

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Invercargil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great snorkling and fish, lovely white sand beach's remember sunscreen and keep an eye on where you are bing taken by current.

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Levin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we spent a fortnight with the reserve just on our doorstep. Fabulous to see all the fish. My highlight was seeing a "rock" move then realising it was an octopus. I was very careful about where I put my feet after that!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Still a lovely beach area with beautiful clear azure water. Great area for families and kids. Snorkelled out further and saw quite a few fish, not so many in closer this time round - for some reason. Worth the visit.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

This was easily the best place to snorkel on the island that we found, tons of different fish to see, moray eels, clams etc and an easy swim to get out to the best parts of the reef.

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Thank cozza22
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Lovely to see so many beautiful tropical fish close to shore. The lagoon is so clear and there are so many fish! Aroa is definitely the best place to snorkel with the reef - I always spend alot of time here each time I visit. So beautiful!

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Thank Cheryl Burton
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

The reserve is teaming with life, excellent place to swim and snorkel but make sure you take your underwater camera as their is plenty to see.

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Thank Rwd181
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Excellent snorkeling large range of fish take some bread to feed the fish and you'll be surrounded by them.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Snorkeling on the cooks isn't quite as good as Fiji and Vanuatu but here we felt it was the best out of all the places we snorkelled in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Heaps of fish and some decent coral.

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