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Palolo Deep Marine Reserve

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 2 weeks ago
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 3 weeks ago
Margot G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Elisa J
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank vonblair
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank rushing-man
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank RobertLan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank downunderbaby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  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

2  Thank TinaV246
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

I have been meaning to go here for a while now but hadn't gotten round to it. Now I wish I had! What a beautiful spot. Not only was there great snorkelling but the setting is amazing. We took a picnic lunch and were so...More

1  Thank Tracy E
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Fantastic snorkelling spot, amazing coral reef. Tropical fish as soon as you enter the water. Do recommend beach feet/wetsuit shoes to protect feet and save coral. Nice trees and shade provided from sun, swings for kids and shaded fale. Wonderful spot.

1  Thank 21happy21
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Great snorkelling once out deep. Not much to see on way there. They have gear to hire which is good, and a nice set up.

Thank Kelly M
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Kilián N
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