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. By using our Avarua trip app , you can arrange your visit to Aroa Marine Reserve and other attractions in Avarua.
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  • Like elsewhere around Rarotonga's inner reef, the corals here are in serious decline with many sites showing 90% mortality of the hard corals. Even so, I enjoyed snorkeling here more than at Fruits of...  more »
  • This was a good safe place to go swimming. I had expected more coral than what was there, but maybe I needed to go out further. Still worth a visit as there were some fish to see and the water was rea...  more »
  • great snorkelling with fish swimming right up to you, a lot of very different varieties of fish at different times of the day, night snorkelling is very different with a complete different variety of ...  more »

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