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Aroa Marine Reserve

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Address: Aroa Beach, Cook Islands

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Best snorkelling on Raro

Wide lagoon with a fair bit of healthy coral. Lots of fish. Worth spending half a day on the beach and snorkelling if it's not walking distance from your accommodation.

Reviewed 2 days ago
JawnBC
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wide lagoon with a fair bit of healthy coral. Lots of fish. Worth spending half a day on the beach and snorkelling if it's not walking distance from your accommodation.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Plenty of fish, very clear water, one of the best in the Pacific. I have been to Great Barrier Reef in AUS, Fiji, Tahitil, many islands of Hawaii and can claim that this is one of the best sites of all time. Pros - Water not very deep, lagoon is mostly calm, entry is very easy. Color of water has... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy, free access to a beautiful lagoon with great snorkelling - a "must do" for any Rarotonga trip.

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Thank Ngaio M
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of fish. Snorkel right from the beach. The water is calm because the lagoon is protected by the coral reef. Crystal clear water makes for an excellent experience.

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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're not a diver then you'll still get to see lots of the local marine life in the lagoon. I found corals, unicorn fish, angels and even a ray all in a very short space of time. Very protected and good for kids, but make sure you wear your reef walkers even if just going for a swim. Snorkel... More 

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Maitland, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The water is so crystal clear, you can see the colours of the fish before you put your head under the water! So many varieties to look at. Night snorkelling brings out a whole range of different fish to see as well. Paddleboarding and kayaking are very popular on the reserve.

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2 Thank Kim1802
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The snorkelling is fantastic throughout this reserve. Fish swim all around you and seem very friendly. The range of tropical fish is amazing. We snorkelled everyday and were not disappointed with the variety of fish seen. Even the corals were just beautiful. Our only disappointment while on holiday is seeing 2 tourists 'fishing' in the area in front of the... More 

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Park City, Utah
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Some of the best snorkeling in the world. A must see/do. Nice variety of fish and coral. There are several places on the island to snorkel.

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Paso Robles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The fishes here are so friendly! We've been snorkeling all over the place and have been met with some easily excitable fish. Not here! The marine life here seems healthy (overall) and the fish just swims along side you. What a wonderful experience! Tip: PLEASE don't feed the fish. It destroys their ecology and makes some of the already aggressive... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is probably the best place to snorkel in Rarotonga with a few good finds if you search carefully. The reserve is covered in smaller baby fish like picasso triggerfish, boxfish, puffers including many more and the odd few big eels but not a lot of coral due to the area. I would highly recommend snorkeling here as its free... More 

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