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Aroa Marine Reserve

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Fantastic snorkelling

What a great place to swim with a great variety of tropical fish, been windy lately but usually... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ali A

Amazing amount of different fish, some times the tide was very low ut you learn when to go and when... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Blenheim, New Zealand
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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great place to swim with a great variety of tropical fish, been windy lately but usually very calm, a must do!

Thank Ali A
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing amount of different fish, some times the tide was very low ut you learn when to go and when not, kayaks available as well.

Thank helebarba
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on Rarotonga. Access to the beach is across from Kaena Restaurant. You can get to the beach between the rocks on the south end. There is a simple water station on site to shower and wash off the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Given the marine reserve, it's a great location for snorkelling. Simple access, although we did notice a line of algae through before you get out to the abundant coral.

Thank chemikills
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best beaches/locations for snorkeling on the island. Returned several times during our trip. If you need snorkel equipment, The Dive Centre is right across the street from the beach and they have everything you need. Saw a lot of different fish including...More

Thank Brad D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gallery of pictures is exactly what you get, suitable for all ages young and old and the sights are amazing from coral to fish and if you have a keen eye a moray eel or even an octopus, time sails by as there is...More

Thank Howard P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We brought our own snorkelling gear and wandered through the Rarotongan hotel to access this beach (which didn’t seem to be a problem - we even jumped in their pool at the end of the day!). Great snorkelling spot - water wasn’t too deep but...More

Thank SamH4698
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good beach to relax. Snorkeling is OK (when compared to Hawaii and GBR) because the corals are lifeless, although the fish are enough to make it worthy of snorkeling. See my negative review on Muri beach (with photos). Here is a picture...More

Thank Krishna N
Reviewed 10 August 2018

we hired some gear across the road and went for our first snorkelling experience. it was fantastic, lots of fish and coral to see. and such an amazing magical feeling under the water.

Thank MistyJewels
Reviewed 8 August 2018

This is a great place to snorkel. The beach is free, or you can pay someone to bring you here. There were lots of beautifully colored fish to see. We even saw a moray eel. Take your time and explore all the coral heads, where...More

2  Thank 50StatesOrDieTrying
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28 August 2018|
Response from sandbergkim | Reviewed this property |
Not sure- we rented snorkeling gear for our whole trip- it’s a lot more convenient and less expensive that way.
26 March 2018|
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Response from toppopof6 | Reviewed this property |
Booked through a company called Pure Traveller they are gold coast bases but very good travelled Air New Zealand direct to rarotonga stayed at Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa would recommend this hired a car from Raro... More
21 November 2017|
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Response from omoja | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend you go to your local dive shop, all you will require are snorkelling fins, mask and snorkel. To make your experience pleasant try on different masks etc and you will be set for many years. My wife and I... More