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Aroa Marine Reserve

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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Beautiful water

Snorkelling in the reserve/lagoon is amazing with a variety of beautiful fish who we were able to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tina D
Clear waters

We stayed at the Rarotongan Resort and Spa and snorkled in the reserve. The water was amazingly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amy Y
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“fish” (78 reviews)
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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Snorkelling in the reserve/lagoon is amazing with a variety of beautiful fish who we were able to feed.

Thank Tina D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Rarotongan Resort and Spa and snorkled in the reserve. The water was amazingly clear and you could see fish swimming really close to shore. It's a shame that the coral was mostly grey but there were a lot of Trevally and...More

Thank Amy Y
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

It was incredible. I couldn’t believe how many fish there were; quantity and variety—especially when the tide was in. I did some snorkelling, but you didn’t need to. The fish were just there.

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We enjoyed the snorkeling here! There was lots of varieties of fish, the water was clear, the lagoon safe. Also you can hire gear and get food and coffee across the road. We snorkelled several times and found the more we went the more we...More

Thank Molly M
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The beach is beautiful and snorkelling was wonderful. I would definitely recommend visitors to Rarotonga stop to take in the beauty.

Thank ADRIENNE M
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

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 4 April 2018

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 23 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

4  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

3  Thank Crpl_D
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Reviewed 2 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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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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JIM_MUSGRAVE
21 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
22 June 2017|
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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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