Aroa Marine Reserve, Rarotonga

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#5 of 11 in Parks in Rarotonga
Considered one of the world's finest snorkeling spots, Aroa Marine Reserve is a protected lagoon featuring crystal-clear water and droves of fish. This natural breeding ground provides a safe home for butterfly fish, sea bream, octopi, clams, and moray eels. Snorkeling gear and diving tours are available from the onsite resort or the dive center. Avoid stepping on coral while snorkeling, but do not worry about watching out for boats, because they are not allowed in the lagoon. By using our Rarotonga trip app , you can arrange your visit to Aroa Marine Reserve and other attractions in Rarotonga.
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  • October 8, 2017
    This had the most amazing snorkelling. If you get here, get to it and get under water. My 8 year old and I adored it.  more »
  • October 8, 2017
    A lovely safe spot to snorkel with a dive shop across the road for anything you might need. You need to get out towards the reef to really get the best from this reserve but it's worth it. Tried lots ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Best snorkeling ever, huge variety of fish. Even saw / swum with a turtle. Extremely safe. Highly recommend.  more »

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