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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  • August 16, 2017
    Nice to spend an hour or so to snorkel in the heart of the city and 2 steps from the Harbour, however nothing to shout about, a few fish and lots of dead coral
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  • August 15, 2017
    One of the attractions of a Samoa holiday was to do some snorkelling. Palolo did not disappoint. First time it was low tide which did make getting offshore difficult and resulted in some grazes from t...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Seunokeulringhagi is a good place too. Samoa can be seen in a variety of fish of the island had to happy hour.
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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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