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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

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Tough condirions

We arrived right on high tide for a sneaky bit of snorkelling. We paid the $5 tala entry and went... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Ballarat, Australia
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A treat, made best of with own gear

The snorkelling is good. Intact coral, plentiful,varied fish. Small entry fee to caretakers doing... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
Margot G
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Make sure you wear good foot wear here as its a bit of a walk over coral rock to get to the swim zone

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Barry G
Reviewed 12 November 2018

Phenomenal snorkeling place for somewhat experienced snorkelers. There is a Blue Hole in the middle of this large coral reef. The reef has many kinds of corals and vegetation and it is excellent for seeing fish and turtles. Generally you are swimming about 2'-3' over...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank BarbaraHRockwell
Reviewed 29 October 2018

I must admit I was a little sceptical when I saw the location was so close to town, but I'd heard it was great snorkelling. It's best to go near high tide - so check the times before you go. There's plenty of shelter and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank sophieNZ
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Charming little picnic spot with amazing snorkelling of the beach - gorgeous corals and heaps of beautiful fish. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Elisa J
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We took our own snorkelling gear to Samoa which was well used. Palolo deep marine was really accessible. For 5 tala each you get hours of fun. Make sure the lady points out exactly where to go and find out when is the best time...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank vonblair
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We arrived right on high tide for a sneaky bit of snorkelling. We paid the $5 tala entry and went in to find a place on the beach. The main snorkelling area is about 50m from the shore so it’s a bit of a hike...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank rushing-man
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Lovely coral, well marked. Friendly staff in the reserve offer changing facilities, snorkel hire and tips on where to go

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RobertLan
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Definitely check when high tide is and visit then. Easy to reach from town, walking or by taxi. Pay at the entrance, a number of fales and tables (and shade). Limited other facilities (don't think the kiosk had operated for a while) so make sure...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank downunderbaby
Reviewed 20 September 2018

The snorkelling is good. Intact coral, plentiful,varied fish. Small entry fee to caretakers doing this on a threadbare shoe-string. Bring your own snorkel, mask and fins if you can. Hiring a matching pair of latter was a challenge for all involved at site. Be patient...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Margot G
Reviewed 6 September 2018

We weren't sure what to expect here as we'd heard it was next to the port in busy Apia, plus we'd been snorkelling off some beautiful beaches in the South. However we were so glad we made the decision to visit. The coral is amazing...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank TinaV246
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3 August 2017|
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Response from EleanorU10 | Reviewed this property |
It is a reserve so no to fishing .
8 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