Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, Apia

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Bring your snorkeling gear and a sense of curiosity to Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, a protected area for coral and marine life. Try to plan your visit during high tide, and float above a vibrant world teeming with tropical fish and coral carpets. If you are lucky, you may even spot sea turtles and sharks. It's possible to visit during low tide, but there's a higher chance of damaging the coral or hurting yourself. The attraction provides toilets, showers, and changing rooms. Arrange to visit Palolo Deep Marine Reserve and other attractions in Apia using our Apia trip planner .
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  • While it is a fair way out to get to any of the actual coral and wild life, once you reach the stick in the water you will start to come across all kinds of fish, squid and corals. Take a breath and d...  more »
  • Looking for a spot not far from town to kick back relax swim snorkel. Well this surely is your spot $5 Tala entry fee there is also a shop onsite where you can grab fresh fish and chips be sure to che...  more »
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  • Nice spot for free-diving not too far from the city. The shore is a nice garden area with benches and picnic tables. I felt safe leaving my things in the open while I went for a swim (within reason of course- don't leave valuables exposed and unattended, no matter where you are). They offer gear for hire as well.
  • Phenomenal snorkeling place for somewhat experienced snorkelers. There's a bit of a swim over half meter deep water to the drop-off. Then there is good fish life, renewing coral (there was a bleaching event some years ago), all on a vertical wall with great hidey-holes for critters of every kind. Going to the right from the pole that marks the drop off is the best way for viewing the wall. To the left is also good for fish, and especially spotting sea turtles who hide out on the sandy patches below. At a relatively high tide it is also worthwhile to explore the flats further out because the many holes conceal many different species of fish. The current over the deep area is gentle, but on the flats further out you should pay attention to the current which could sweep you sideways away from the only comfortable entry point. It's also a good idea to orient yourself in order to find the marker pole and entry point. Don't ignore the flats on the way back in. there are. interesting fish making homes in the sand, and a rich nursery on even the smallest coral headlets. Finally, the entry area is run by a local family who provide showers, bathrooms, shaded benches to rest on, and snacks. Your gear is safe and sound - all for US$5.00 a person.
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