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“Abundant wildlife”

Ranked #11 of 66 things to do in Rarotonga
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Boulder City
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“Abundant wildlife”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Great snorkling with abundant schools of fish. Nice coral reef where fish hang out because they get feed bread often. Make sure you wear water shoes.

Visited February 2012
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“The world best aquaruim !”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Best place on the island of Rarotonga for very safe and amazing snorkelling .Easy to spend several hours leisurely swimming around looking at the incredible fish and coral.Highly recommended for young and old alike .Trust me ,its easy to loose track of time in the Aroa lagoon ,which after all is what the Cook Islands is all about !
PS remember to take your underwater camera ,its well worth it !

Visited September 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Love it :)”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Been here several times now and it has great snorkling, probably one of the best on the island :) does have quite abit more coral on the beach so reef shoes good.

Visited August 2012
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“A special place in my heart”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

Aroa was the first south pacific tropical beach I had seen when I visited Raro for the first time in the late 1980s, staying at what was then the new and pristine Rarotongan Resort.

It was beautiful then, as now. For a few years it looked somewhat ugly as concrete retaining walls were put in the lagoon to stop erosion, but it obviously worked and they were taken down again.

Over the years I have stayed in other parts of the island, but I always make a point of visiting Aroa. Were I to find the type of accommodation I prefer I would stay in that area again in a heartbeat.

An area to be recommended for safe swimming and snorkelling which is usually protected from wind.

Visited May 2012
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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“Lovely lagoon aspect”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

Aroa marine reserve has been a protected ecosystem for some ten years+. Aroa is the small locality situated on the south-western side of Rarotonga where the Rarotongan - Sanctuary resorts are located. The lagoon area is wide, reasonably shallow and sheltered from the strong SE winds for much of the time.

Aroa marine reserve is correctly termed a Ra'ui. This is a traditional form of protection bestowed by tribal and community leaders but which has no legislative code that enacts policy. Ra'ui' are more fluid as a conservtion measure and can be changed to suit the purpose of the covenant.

The Aroa marine reserve provides excellent viewing of representative tropical species including prolific fishlife, starfish, echinoderms, corals, sea cucumber, moray eels and molluscs. Some of the fish observed within the lagoon area include parrotfish, angelfish, wrasse, butterfly fish, trevally, goatfish and rock cods.

The reserve is a no-take zone while the Ra'ui is in place. The resort encourages fish to remain within the conservation zone through fish-feeding, guest awareness and schools education. All the efforts made by the local community and conservation measures are highly successful to date.

The Aroa marine reserve is a remarkable spot to snorkel, kayak, handfeed, photograph, swim and learn to scuba. The lagoon waters are high in clarity, often tranquil and very inviting. I always enjoy my experiences when visiting this spot. To learn more about the surrounding lagoon, the Big Fish dive centre located in Aroa are most knowledgeable about the fishlife and lagoon conditions.

Enjoy this lovely part of Rarotonga.

Visited December 2011
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