Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
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John Porter
Rice Lake, WI551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The beach is all rock and coral. Be sure to wear water shoes or fins as the water is only knee deep and full of sharp coral for a great distance. The perfect location close to where your cruise ship docks, can be easily walked to in minutes. Colorful fish and coral await your discovery!
Written 20 April 2024
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DM S
Port Macquarie, Australia1,503 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I think the main attraction is that it offers a snorkelling experience close to town, has some coral (mostly dead), and some marine life.

The reef is a fairly decent swim from the shore with a reasonable current. We went at high tide, recommended to us, but it was a bit disappointing.

Cost is 10 tala per person, and there is a limited range of masks/snorkels and fins/flippers for hire (8 tala each) available. The downside for us was a group of alcohol affected local people there with music blaring - it spoilt the potential tranquillity of the place.
Written 7 December 2023
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VeeNZed
Whangarei, New Zealand107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Definitely try for high tide as there’s not a lot of depth in the water so can be shallow and you can end up hitting & damaging the coral.

Worthwhile to have your own snorkeling gear & be confident swimmer as the best part is quite a way out by the sign in the water.

Good spots to leave your towels, picnic tables & big swings to enjoy from the massive tree cover.
Written 8 November 2023
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Jeff Y
Washington DC144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I've been snorkeling a few dozen places around the world and would usually place the Red Sea, Hawaii, and Kicker Rock at Galapagos as my top picks. Well, add Palolo to that list because wow! The coral and variety of fish were just top notch.

I'm not sure I've ever seen so much healthy and colorful coral anywhere. Water clarity was superb, I'd say you could see down 60-70 feet at the drop-off. And this is all adjacent to Apia port. Amazing.

The entrance is small and right next to all the port machinery and activity.I was wondering it this was the right place. Pay the fee and then walk out to the ocean and swim out towards the marker. Just amazing. Didn't want to go back to shore.
Written 25 September 2023
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Jana D
New Plymouth, New Zealand97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
What an amazing place! We've have done snorkelling in rest of Samoa, Barbados, Tahiti, Rarotonga and New Zealand- this was the best!
We loved:
*Clear signs with cost! No bartering with the beach hosts over the cost, if car or fale are included etc! It's 5T pp, with a Fale if there's one free.
* Budget friendly! At 5T it was the best value out of all sites we visited in Samoa.
*The ability to hire snorkel gear, although we had our own.
*The variety of fish and coral was amazing! We got clear instructions to swim out to the stick in the water. There was an about 10-15m drop off, with amazing visibility and a huge coral garden and a huge variety of fish, from about halfway off the beach.
*Very little current/drift so quite safe, even if distance to beach needs confident swimmers, ie not for little kids.
*Almost rubbish free. Whilst there were very few toilets and changing rooms, they were clean, there was an outside shower and there were enough rubbish bins around so people used them.
*Lots of shade. Very little area is actual beach, most of the "out of water space" is under huge trees, providing lots of shade.
*Kid friendly- sort of. There were lots of swings, a beach volleyball net etc, great for the older kids.
What's not so great:
* You really need to go at high tide or within 2 hrs either side- at most. Otherwise you can find yourself in trouble swimming out to the reef as it is only about 1.5-2m deep on the way there.
* Some people who show absolutely no respect to this precious gem! Saw someone walking over all the coral with their crocs, made our heart bleed! Maybe some signage educating or alerting people would help or a local "supervising".
Written 14 July 2023
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Brent & Margy
Christchurch, New Zealand186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Very good snorkeling. Coral was in great condition and lots of variety. Plenty of fish of all types. 5 Tala entry to a secure area under the shade. We went 30 minutes after high tide and water was great. Previous negative reviews going at low tide which would be challenging. Water was half a meter to a meter above the coral. There is a signpost in the water about 100 meters out which swim towards. Fish all the way out and coral so if not confident don't have to go the whole way. We had our own snorkeling gear, but cheap to hire there. I would rank as a must do in Apia.
Written 6 July 2023
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Amber
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We went to Palolo reserve at the end of January, and based on the reviews thought we better check it out. Unfortunately for our opinion, it was not as amazing as the reviews suggested it would be. We did go at low tide, and as such, it was a long swim over all the seaweed and coral to get to the drop-off. This took some time to get there. There weren't very specific instructions on where the best spot is, more go out and see, which was a bit daunting given how far of the shore it was. By the time we arrived, it was nice to see the fish, however, for me I spotted a shark straight away and headed back - for others this might be really exciting.
Overall, not a "must do" in my books, but something to do.
Written 26 March 2023
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Amy
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Run by locals with music pumping, this is the sweetest spot to find yourself at on a hot sunny day. Great for snorkelling or just relaxing and drinking coconuts, surrounded by the unique and charming shabby-chic scenery. One of the two snorkels we hired was very much on the musty side, so a good idea to bring your own or try and get in early to get the good ones!
Written 5 February 2023
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annaflanna
Christchurch, New Zealand87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We had a lovely time at Palolo Deep, however, even as strong, experienced ocean swimmers, we had a really hard time getting past the current to the drop off/deep point.
Once there, the coral and fish were pretty however we are lucky to have been spoilt with snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, so this was no comparison.
If you're in Samoa after March, the current won't be as strong, and if you've not been to other amazing reefs, this would be a great trip.
Written 31 January 2023
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Dan S
Hamilton, New Zealand135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Unfortunately I came here on a wet dull day but that didn't stop me enthusiastically from entering the water to see all the fish. There were 3 other people in the water when I arrived but they didn't go out to the deep part and i sure as heck wasn't going out there alone. I was satisfied near the shore though as there was still plenty to see.
Written 12 January 2023
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