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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

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Beautiful snorkeling in an unexpected spot

As plenty of other reviewers note, this is a highly improbable place but a great snorkel. Well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
25PaulH
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Sydney, Australia
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Amazing

Abundant fish and Coral life. Amazing as it is basically in the harbour of a major town. Crystal... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anotherkiwitraveller
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As plenty of other reviewers note, this is a highly improbable place but a great snorkel. Well worth the effort with a huge variety of coral and fish in a calm setting fringed by a protective reef from the nearby port and town. Take (...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Snorkelling in clean calm waters and be rewarded by some nice fishes, some “aggressive” to try to tap you into your face mask. Visited on public holiday so there were many locals there adding to the ambience. Perhaps more could be done to protect the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great location to see a wide range of tropical fish right off the shore. The snorkelling is in shallow water and you swim out to a wooden post that indicates a drop off of over 5 metres. I scuba dived with the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is fantastic as there are so many different types of coral and fish and they are only 100m from shore. It was the only place we got to see big starfish. My only regret was that I didn't take flippers, which made it...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Erin J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Abundant fish and Coral life. Amazing as it is basically in the harbour of a major town. Crystal clear water. Definitely worth a visit. Make sure you swim right out to the marker for the best views

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to swim safe easy acess family owned acess with amenties. Water is crystal clear. Others siad the Snokling was amazing.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Julie G
Reviewed April 11, 2019

I found this place because the only day I had available to SCUBA was Sunday- but you will quickly learn Sundays in Samoa are for church and family. So I needed something else and I found this on a map! I asked the Sheraton to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Capicatalina
Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

Nice place to snorkel or swim. Only $5 local currency. Take reef shoes as there is some coral to get past first. They have change rooms and a shower which is nice. Only a 5-10 min walk from the cruise terminal

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

A lovely area tucked away behind the wharf. Lots of shade and seating. Bush shower to rinse off afterwards. The day we were there the current was quite strong. I'm not a strong swimmer so I didn't feel very confident in going too far out....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PaulaTamworth
Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

Best place we've snoreled on Samoa for sure. On lots of places throughout Samoa you find corals smashed and dead and you really have to look for a lively part of the reef. Not here though. This place is vibrant and alive. Lots of beautiful...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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kili_nn
August 2, 2017|
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Response from EleanorU10 | Reviewed this property |
It is a reserve so no to fishing .
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DelvinaT3
January 7, 2017|
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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
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wcrosby9
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
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