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“Great place to snorkel, but some currents” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aroa Marine Reserve

Ranked #11 of 65 things to do in Rarotonga
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Lethbridge, Canada
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Great place to snorkel, but some currents”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

Some areas of the lagoon at this location had come and go currents that were very strong at times. No relation to tides. Just had to go out and try. Otherwise snorkeling was excellent.

Visited March 2014
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Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Pure Paradise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

So beautiful! Literally had to drag myself out of this lagoon everyday. The snorkeling is amazing! There are so many fish, so much interesting life all around you, you could loose your self for hours!

Visited February 2014
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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Best snorkeling site on Rarotonga”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

We snorkeled (and did a couple of scuba dives as well) in half-a-dozen sites around Rarotonga, and this is the best! A wide variety of fish (we saw 8 different species of butterfly fish in one session!) lots of live coral, warm, clear water, and no current to speak of made it easy and pleasant. The sandy beach provides a trouble-free entry, and the bus will drop you and pick you up right at Aroa Beach on request. The Dive Centre right across the street kindly let us leave our gear bag with street clothes in their shop, even though we had our own gear and thus weren't paying customers. *Very* hospitable!

Visited January 2014
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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Aroa Marine reserve”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Hired snorkelling gear from across the road, $12 for 24 hours- great deal. Beware the tide especially if the wind is strong. Quite a few fish, and we had a lovely day there. Dont bother with the tea or coffee from the cafe adjacent to the shop. The best place to snorkellmis down the beach from the Beachcomber resort opposite the dive shop.

Visited November 2013
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Rarotonga
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14 reviews
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“You can make a difference!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

The Aroa Marine Reserve is one of the oldest reserves here in Rarotonga. With only a depth of 1 1/2 to 3 meters it is a very safe place for snorkeling.
we have over 70 different species to look at. Everyone is most welcome to enjoy the snorkeling there and make a difference!!
there are a couple of things you can do to protect our beautiful lagoon!
What You Can Do
• Make sure your gear fits properly, is comfortable and adjusted before you go in the water! If you need to make adjustments, find a sandy area to stand or swim back to shore.
•When snorkeling, stay horizontal and float OVER the reef!
• Observe animals exhibiting their natural behaviors rather than stimulate them to entertain.
•No need for feeding bread or other food to the fish – instead bang two little stones/rocks together.

Thank you for looking after our lagoon !!!
Take nothing but memories and leave nothing but bubbles

Visited September 2013
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