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Aroa Marine Reserve

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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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The best place to snorkel

You won't find clearer water and schools of fish like this anywhere else on the island. Muri looks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Janelle H
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Melbourne, Australia
Safe Snorkeling

Lots of fish and never mattered if it was raining! We brought our own masks but our hotel had free... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
hsi52
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Australia
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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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"fish"
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"rarotongan resort"
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"easy entry"
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"marine life"
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"dive shop"
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"safe water"
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"an aquarium"
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"underwater camera"
in 4 reviews
"clear water"
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"barrier reef"
in 2 reviews
"moray eels"
in 4 reviews
"clams"
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"low tide"
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"reef shoes"
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"snorkeling spot"
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"nice beach"
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"beautiful lagoon"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You won't find clearer water and schools of fish like this anywhere else on the island. Muri looks great but the water is not as clear, busy with water traffic, shallow and not many fish except little wee ones.

5  Thank Janelle H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of fish and never mattered if it was raining! We brought our own masks but our hotel had free hire of fins.

1  Thank hsi52
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

I've done quite a few diving and snorkeling..and I saw so many fish here! I dove in Raroas well but honestly, I saw more fish in Aroa by snorkeling than diving in Raro., I saw moray eel, flat fish, school of brims, school of unicorn...More

3  Thank Yeji J
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Like elsewhere around Rarotonga's inner reef, the corals here are in serious decline with many sites showing 90% mortality of the hard corals. Even so, I enjoyed snorkeling here more than at Fruits of Rarotonga or Black Rock. If one swims out far enough towards...More

2  Thank Crpl_D
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

This was a good safe place to go swimming. I had expected more coral than what was there, but maybe I needed to go out further. Still worth a visit as there were some fish to see and the water was really nice and clear.

2  Thank Stoobiedoo18
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

great snorkelling with fish swimming right up to you, a lot of very different varieties of fish at different times of the day, night snorkelling is very different with a complete different variety of fish it is a must to try

Thank toppopof6
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

The fish are plentiful and amazing colours and sizes. Take some bread to feed them at the waters edge.

Thank CherryB138
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

My favourite spot on the island. Water is so clear and so many different fish small and big. A must see!!

Thank Sara C
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Palm tree skirted golden beach with blue/green tropical waters. Dip your toes in or go snorkelling. Various depths, with slight drift able currents. Take your underwater camera or simply observe the organisms and fish that are plentiful and colourful. This area is tidal and as...More

1  Thank omoja
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Protecting the marine life has paid huge dividends. An amazing array of beautiful tropical fish, friendly and curious just metres out from the shoreline in the lovely, calm lagoon. Lots of beautiful coral gardens, each hosting their own species of fish. There is one particular...More

2  Thank HelenL1000
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potteradair
26 March 2018|
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Response from Crpl_D | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure exactly what your question is. we traveled from the US and booked hotel and flights through a company called Costco. if you're asking about getting to Aroa Beach, we rented an automobile from Avis. It cost $45... More
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20 November 2017|
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Response from omoja | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend you go to your local dive shop, all you will require are snorkelling fins, mask and snorkel. To make your experience pleasant try on different masks etc and you will be set for many years. My wife and I... More
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ruthandvern
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Response from Bima77 | Reviewed this property |
There are hourly buses around the island, one going clockwise, the other anti-clockwise, throughout the day. You can be dropped off and picked up right there.
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