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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, Apia

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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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  • Great area tucked away next to the harbour in Apia. A half overgrown sign showed the way and five talk we could swim out about 100 m and snorkel around the fish and corals in the colors of the Rainbow. Amazing beautiful!
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  • Went here on a Sunday because everything else was closed. I believe entry was 10 or 15 Talla. Rented snorkel and mask for 11 Talla. The lady showed me a stick in the water and told me that was the pla...  more »
  • The family had their first ever scuba dive at Palolo Deep Marine Reserve. The marine life was beautiful and plentiful. We really enjoyed the experience, so close to the heart of Apia. Facilities rudim...  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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