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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
+685 72 65289
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Genuine Samoa

A little oasis of a genuine Samoa. A cool respite from the heat with reasonable snorkelling and a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
Amazing Snorkelling experience

Palolo is only a few minutes from city centre and well worth visiting. I visited this several times... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Palmerston North
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  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“high tide” (55 reviews)
“reef shoes” (17 reviews)
“close to town” (14 reviews)
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Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
+685 72 65289
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A little oasis of a genuine Samoa. A cool respite from the heat with reasonable snorkelling and a great place to swim.

Thank cwillan
Reviewed 2 days ago

Palolo is only a few minutes from city centre and well worth visiting. I visited this several times during my stay and was very impressed with the abundant fish life. Suggest you go at high tide otherwise journey out to the deeper water can be...More

Thank robin-joy
Reviewed 4 days ago

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 the coral. The upside was the fact that the fish...More

Thank racer30
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Marine Reserve has a lovely setting for picnics and young families with lots of sun shelter. You can buy lunch there and stay as long as you like for only a few tala. We did find that the deeper part was quite hard to...More

1  Thank Grammy554
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good spot in Apia but one the best post for me in Samoa as well. 5 tala. But you will need a mask, maybe snorkel. And if it's the low tide, special shoes. Otherwise very slippery and painful for the feet. You will have to...More

Thank liloo l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very good spot to see excellent coral, though there were fewer fish than we had expected. Access is across some dead coral, rocks and weed, so as everyone says, this is really a high tide outing. Overall, very good.

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went snorkeling twice here. They marked out the good places to look with pole-markers in the water, and we saw LOTS of different fish and coral. Its ideal to bring your own gear, including reef shoes or fins. If you haven't got gear, they do...More

Thank Jacoba90
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw more fish whilst snorkelling round the jetty at our hotel. Paid about $5 NZ to hire flippers. Others seem to have had better experiences than I did. Disappointing.

Thank Kylough19
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We timed it right when we arrived. The tides were just right so we spent a few hours there. The hosts were very informative on where to snorkel and the boundaries as i was not as confident in the water as my husband was. Don't...More

1  Thank Rochelle C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent the morning here and had a great time snorkeling. For much of the time we were the only person's snorkeling and it was as if we had a private beach/reef to ourselves. The entrance fee is five tala ($2 US) but it cost...More

1  Thank vincemc
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Kilián N
3 August 2017|
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Response from Eleanor U | Reviewed this property |
It is a reserve so no to fishing .
Delvina T
7 January 2017|
Response from 2015FamilyK |
Even sitting in waist deep water near the shore we could still see plenty of fish, so it would be fine for anyone who is able to put their head under water. Having said that, there is a strong current (we weren't told about... More
18 October 2016|
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Response from JKWG | Reviewed this property |
They just rent out snorkelling gear - take your own food and drinks - lovely spots to picnic under shade. I think entry was about 5 Samoan tala or maybe 10 but terrific value. Saw loads of fabulous fish. Suggest one hour... More