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 Upolu using our Upolu trip planner .
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  • This was one of our best days in Samoa, an easy walk from where we were staying, we had hired gear from near the markets. The facilities were simple, there was plenty of space to sit in the cool of th...  more »
  • Having snorkelled in Bali Vanuatu Thailand and the Great Barrier Reef we were in agreement this was the best place we had ever snorkelled. An amazing abundance of fish and coral and at only 5 tala ent...  more »
  • What a find! Centrally locates and cared for by a family, great snorkeling (couple hours either side of high tide) with plenty of sea life. Basic toilet and changing facilities and a snack/ drinks car...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cheap, almost in town, shady, lots of beautiful fish and interesting coral, shade and fales to rest in
  • 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

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