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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

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Looking for a spot not far from town to kick back relax swim snorkel. Well this surely is your spot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hannah M
Tough condirions

We arrived right on high tide for a sneaky bit of snorkelling. We paid the $5 tala entry and went... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

While it is a fair way out to get to any of the actual coral and wild life, once you reach the stick in the water you will start to come across all kinds of fish, squid and corals. Take a breath and dive down...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BrendanP23
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a spot not far from town to kick back relax swim snorkel. Well this surely is your spot $5 Tala entry fee there is also a shop onsite where you can grab fresh fish and chips be sure to check it out your...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Hannah M
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Make sure you wear good foot wear here as its a bit of a walk over coral rock to get to the swim zone

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Barry G
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Phenomenal snorkeling place for somewhat experienced snorkelers. There is a Blue Hole in the middle of this large coral reef. The reef has many kinds of corals and vegetation and it is excellent for seeing fish and turtles. Generally you are swimming about 2'-3' over...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank BarbaraHRockwell
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I must admit I was a little sceptical when I saw the location was so close to town, but I'd heard it was great snorkelling. It's best to go near high tide - so check the times before you go. There's plenty of shelter and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank sophieNZ
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Charming little picnic spot with amazing snorkelling of the beach - gorgeous corals and heaps of beautiful fish. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Elisa J
Reviewed October 7, 2018

We took our own snorkelling gear to Samoa which was well used. Palolo deep marine was really accessible. For 5 tala each you get hours of fun. Make sure the lady points out exactly where to go and find out when is the best time...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank vonblair
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We arrived right on high tide for a sneaky bit of snorkelling. We paid the $5 tala entry and went in to find a place on the beach. The main snorkelling area is about 50m from the shore so it’s a bit of a hike...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank rushing-man
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Lovely coral, well marked. Friendly staff in the reserve offer changing facilities, snorkel hire and tips on where to go

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RobertLan
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Definitely check when high tide is and visit then. Easy to reach from town, walking or by taxi. Pay at the entrance, a number of fales and tables (and shade). Limited other facilities (don't think the kiosk had operated for a while) so make sure...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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August 2, 2017|
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Response from EleanorU10 | Reviewed this property |
It is a reserve so no to fishing .
January 7, 2017|
Response from 2015FamilyK |
Even sitting in waist deep water near the shore we could still see plenty of fish, so it would be fine for anyone who is able to put their head under water. Having said that, there is a strong current (we weren't told about... More
October 17, 2016|
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Response from JKWG | Reviewed this property |
They just rent out snorkelling gear - take your own food and drinks - lovely spots to picnic under shade. I think entry was about 5 Samoan tala or maybe 10 but terrific value. Saw loads of fabulous fish. Suggest one hour... More