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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, Apia
(4/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Bring your snorkeling gear and a sense of curiosity to Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, a protected area for coral and marine life. Try to plan your visit during high tide, and float above a vibrant world teeming with tropical fish and coral carpets. If you are lucky, you may even spot sea turtles and sharks. It's possible to visit during low tide, but there's a higher chance of damaging the coral or hurting yourself. The attraction provides toilets, showers, and changing rooms. To visit Palolo Deep Marine Reserve on your trip to Upolu, use our Upolu itinerary maker.
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  • Palolo is located tight in town on the beach road. If you stay in Apia downtown area, this is the right place for you to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing without driving a long way to the beach....  more »
  • Definitely worth the few tala to get in. Ask where to go to see the Palolo Deep to make sure you don't miss it: there you will see the most amazing corals and fish diversity! 
  • Its not well sign posted and is very much a local run attraction, the snorkelling gear was in poor condition.but. It's very cheap, closer to town and the snorkelling is amazing. You only need to swim ...  more »
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  • About a five minute walk from the dock and you are walking down a short tree covered road. Pass through the small booth and pay a couple bucks and you are inside. There are benches and swings for those of your group who want to stay dry, but the real treasure is marked by a stick poking out of the water. You will need to walk a short distance until the water is deep enough to swim and don your gear. You will hear the sound of coral being eaten as you swim out and the whole time you are in the water. When the tide is coming in there is a current that pushes you towards the entry gate. It got quite strong while I was out there, but still very manageable and not overpowering. The best sights are to the left of the stick when looking out from the beach. You will find a drop off and see everything open up. I had the pleasure of being in the middle of about a hundred small blue fish immediately after crossing the threshold into the deep. If you are visiting the island I highly recommed it
  • Amazing. I only had an hour but it was high tide so snorkelled across the shallows to the "deep". So many fishes all the way, all sizes and colours. Definitely paying a return visit with more time to spare.
  • It's beautiful and to know where my name came from is truly an honour. I hope one day my family and I can visit Palolo Deep Marine Reserve 😍
  • A nice picnic spot away from the bustle of the city.
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