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Aroa Marine Reserve, Rarotonga

(4.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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. A visit to Aroa Marine Reserve represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Rarotonga trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • Impression is that there was also the State of the sea on the day of, but to be honest, better in other places. Were not blessed with clean sea and rich creatures and the like.
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  • The fishes here are so friendly! We've been snorkeling all over the place and have been met with some easily excitable fish. Not here! The marine life here seems healthy (overall) and the fish just sw...  more »
  • This is probably the best place to snorkel in Rarotonga with a few good finds if you search carefully. The reserve is covered in smaller baby fish like picasso triggerfish, boxfish, puffers including ...  more »