Aroa Marine Reserve, Rarotonga

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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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  • This is just heaven. You can park at the beach then 10 meters of walking and you are swimming with beautiful fish just a meter off the sand. Best place on the island and I will stay here next time. It...  more »
  • The fish were very colourful in shallow safe waters. I enjoyed this better than the Barrier Reef. Helps to wear footwear as I did cut my feet on rocks.  more »
  • This is just the loveliest side of island for checking out what is in the water below. Your choice to snorkel or scuba and try and find moray eels and friends...  more »

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Since pristine white beaches and turquoise lagoons are never far away in Rarotonga, where you stay depends entirely on how much you want to spend. The hotels and resorts tend to cluster around the most scenic beaches and lagoons. At the higher end, luxury resorts offer pampering comfort, but often share their beaches with much more affordable accommodations. If you want to explore a certain part of the island, look for lodgings nearby: although the buses are extremely convenient, they tend to meander at a very slow pace.
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