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Aroa Marine Reserve

#12 of 66 things to do in Rarotonga Features Animals
Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Aroa Marine Reserve is beautiful.

We snorkeled here many times during our stay and it was always wonderful. The visibility can vary... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Katrina H
Amazing experience

Snorkelling in the marine reserve was the highlight of our trip to raro! Found it safe and easy and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We snorkeled here many times during our stay and it was always wonderful. The visibility can vary a bit, of course. The best coral is out further from the beach but the fish are plentiful everywhere.

Thank Katrina H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Snorkelling in the marine reserve was the highlight of our trip to raro! Found it safe and easy and some of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen underwater! Stunning. Top tip would be take your own snorkel as resort ones are pretty well used...More

Thank GemzA1984
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Possibly the best place on the planet to swim and snorkel, safe and crystal clear and right outside your front door.

Thank Stephenb2211
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Hands down the best snorkelling on the island! Easy and better visibility than elsewhere. Access from across the road from Kaena restaurant....

Thank henrywX4821YS
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This was one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. Good variety of fish like flounder, schools of trevally, cornetfish, puffers, unicornfish and many others, all in relatively shallow safe water.

Thank Julian Michael L
Reviewed 28 April 2017

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.

Thank JawnBC
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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...More

Thank viv_ab
Reviewed 15 April 2017

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

Thank Ngaio M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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.

Thank Thundergod_au
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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...More

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Dion N
Is the night snorkel a guided tour and if so do I book direct?
5 April 2017|
Response from Argentine | Reviewed this property |
Hi, apologises for taking so long to answer. I didn't do the night snorkel, even though I had intended to. The night snorkel was a guided tour and if I had gone I would have booked via the Rarotongan Resort and Spa, as the... More