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. Arrange to visit Palolo Deep Marine Reserve and other attractions in Apia using our Apia trip planner .
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  • Potential, but they need to do something about shabby bathrooms. I think the place is great, but needs some spruce up in bathrooms please. Snorkel is great during high tides on sunny day.  more »
  • We wanted to snorkel in Samoa, and given the ravages of Cyclone Gita Palolo Deep was recommended. But like the rest of Samoa the reserve is largely devoid of life, with dead coral and few fish. It als...  more »
  • Awesome snorkeling day spent here. Please note it’s quite a journey out to the drop off where you see the majority of marine life. We went with a guy from Samoa diving who was fantastic! He directed w...  more »
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  • Could be dangerous for a novice or begginner swimmer. It's literally just an open ocean with a pole marking the reef. The staff won't monitor you, there's no knowledge of the wave strength or if it's safe. Its not roped off or an actual reserve. If it's high tide and strong waves you might not even make it to the reef, but the family that runs it won't warn you off or tell you not to go. If you're a strong swimmer or it's low enough tide for you to walk out to the reef it should be great, but this is really just open ocean snorkeling. There are no regulations, there's no life guard, no one will watch you while you're out there. They told us to walk out to the pole marking the reef but we noticed that on the way there we were walking on coral and breaking them off and stepping on live, fish active coral. If you're with a large group of people it'll be better. But if you want to just come by yourself on a day where there's no one swimming, you're taking a chance of swimming out into the deep ocean by yourself. Much safer with a friend. It's a great place to see fish. The go pro footage was amazing, but it really felt like we just picked a random spot of ocean and swam out. You could honestly do this at any spot of the island and not pay for it. 5$ tala for adults to enter 8$ tala for the mask 3$ tala for the snorkel 7$ tala for the flippers
  • Really amazing for all ages. Big kids snorkelled to the reserve, little kids still experienced heaps of marine life. Will go back next time.
  • Very friendly staff! Perfect for snorkeling. Guarantee to see beautiful fish close to shore. Food can be bought on the premises or you can bring your picnic. Ideal for families.
  • Great spot. Go at high tide.
  • Palolo Deep Marine Reserve is a great place to snorkle. If you forgot to bring your gear, the owner will rent you. Great views of corals and tropical fish in the reserve.
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