We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
+685 72 65289
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Only suitable at high tide

Our first visit was at low tide and it’s not possible to swim out to the coral as the water is too... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jacqueline B
,
Singapore, Singapore
via mobile
Close to town and lots of fish

Five tala entry fee is well spent, with a sweet wee beach and little fale to leave belongings. A... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lyndsay F
,
Auckland, New Zealand
via mobile
Read all 351 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“high tide” (63 reviews)
“fish” (120 reviews)
“close to town” (20 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION
Apia Harbour, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
CONTACT
Website
+685 72 65289
Write a ReviewReviews (351)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"high tide"
in 63 reviews
"fish"
in 120 reviews
"close to town"
in 20 reviews
"reef shoes"
in 17 reviews
"reef drops"
in 7 reviews
"deep hole"
in 6 reviews
"strong currents"
in 5 reviews
"change rooms"
in 5 reviews
"incoming tide"
in 5 reviews
"shallow water"
in 8 reviews
"easy swim"
in 4 reviews
"short swim"
in 4 reviews
"the great barrier reef"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful corals"
in 5 reviews
"sea life"
in 7 reviews
"entry fee"
in 10 reviews
"nice spot"
in 5 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 339 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our first visit was at low tide and it’s not possible to swim out to the coral as the water is too shallow It was a lot better at high tide but we still couldn’t find the large “whole” as advertised Saw some good coral...More

Thank Jacqueline B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Five tala entry fee is well spent, with a sweet wee beach and little fale to leave belongings. A bit of a swim to the stick in the water, which indicates where the coral reef begins. Best fish spotting there and beyond!

Thank Lyndsay F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So lovely to have so close to town. So well kept and adorable. Good on them for keeping is affordable

Thank Lexy C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
A TripAdvisor Member
62
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

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.

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 February 2018

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 also suffers from very strong currents - my...More

3  Thank BulaHoneymooner
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

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 which areas where safe to swim in etc...More

Thank sophiehH4990BL
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 January 2018

Nice to snorkel out there. The current wasn't too bad. Nice area to park and get a fale and there's a little caravan shop that sells the bomb chilli dogs

Thank hamurana552017
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Every year for the last 30 years I travelI to Samoa and spend several hours a day swimming in Palolo Deep. There is nowhere else to swim in Apia as the harbour is polluted and there is no coral or interesting fish. The setting consists...More

2  Thank erling44
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 December 2017

I went here with high expectations of great snorkelling but was quite disappointed. 5 Tala each entry fee (which is very reasonable) and a free fale to shelter from the sun but very few fish to view. Also the incoming tide created a strong cross...More

Thank kateandkeith2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 December 2017

The reserve is walking distance from Apia just past the harbour and the entrance is really well done with lots of seating and fales to store stuff in while you snorkel. You can hire gear from the entrance and there is a basic shower and...More

Thank Emily G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 39 hotels in Upolu
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows
223 reviews
.85 km away
Taumeasina Island Resort
845 reviews
1.27 km away
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
772 reviews
1.67 km away
Hotel Elisa
91 reviews
1.67 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Paddles Restaurant
867 reviews
.58 km away
Milani Caffe Samoa
209 reviews
1.48 km away
Pacific Jewell's Garden Cafe
133 reviews
1.26 km away
Bistro Tatau
220 reviews
1.57 km away
Nearby Attractions
Samoa Cultural Village
241 reviews
1.11 km away
Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral
224 reviews
1.18 km away
Old Apia Market
150 reviews
1.34 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Kilián N
3 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Eleanor U | Reviewed this property |
It is a reserve so no to fishing .
0
Votes
Delvina T
8 January 2017|
Answer
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
0
Votes
wcrosby9
18 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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
1
Vote