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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

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Address: Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Phone Number: +685 72 65289
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Excellent snorkelling, and that in a capital city

A great place to get some shade in a fale and cool off in the ocean during a hot day. We loved the snorkelling here, which is best done at high tide because you have to cross a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Barbara W
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Brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to get some shade in a fale and cool off in the ocean during a hot day. We loved the snorkelling here, which is best done at high tide because you have to cross a patch of reef to get to the drop off where schools of fish can be found. Let a local point out a... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tourism industry really needs to up its game. No information on the reef. Toilets and changing rooms are smelly and muddy. there are some covered areas, but instructions on where to snorkel were vague and i couldn't find the 'deep'. having been snorkeling in many places, i rate this about a 2 our of 10. The coral was covered... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

TA reviews advise that the best snorkeling is near the stick, but there are two sticks! Found that the left hand stick is where the reef falls away, and is the better combination of coral and fish. It costs 10 Tala to enter (about US$5) and the beach is coral so reef shoes or flippers are required. It is best... More 

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Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice park, clean and cheap, equipped with beach fale to relax in the shadow. The reef offers spectacular views of sea life; waters for the first 20 meters of swim are shallow, and it is advisable to wear at least a t-shirt to avoid contact with seaweeds. I enjoyed a nice sunny afternoon.

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had our own snorkeling gear and made sure we went at high tide so that we could swim all the way to the main area- it was easy to access and so worth it!

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Apia, Samoa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Palolo is located tight in town on the beach road. If you stay in Apia downtown area, this is the right place for you to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing without driving a long way to the beach. Admission fee is required.

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worth the few tala to get in. Ask where to go to see the Palolo Deep to make sure you don't miss it: there you will see the most amazing corals and fish diversity!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its not well sign posted and is very much a local run attraction, the snorkelling gear was in poor condition.but. It's very cheap, closer to town and the snorkelling is amazing. You only need to swim out about 100 metres to see beautiful corals and fish. It's a real treasure

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Really worth the $5Tala ! Make sure you have reef shoes as the coral is sharp when you walk out. we went at low tide on a day when it was overcast and windy - results were still excellent

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Excellent value for money! Cheap and cheerful facilities, with fantastic snorkeling. We visited twice as we enjoyed it so much. As others have said, its quite a swim out to the deep, but definitely worth it. Flippers to swim out would be recommended. You can hire snorkel gear there for a reasonable price, but we took our own. Loved it.

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