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Aroa Marine Reserve

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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Ridiculous. Amazing.

This had the most amazing snorkelling. If you get here, get to it and get under water. My 8 year... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dubbo, Australia
Best snorkling in Raro

A lovely safe spot to snorkel with a dive shop across the road for anything you might need. You... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Zealand
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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This had the most amazing snorkelling. If you get here, get to it and get under water. My 8 year old and I adored it.

Thank LachMe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely safe spot to snorkel with a dive shop across the road for anything you might need. You need to get out towards the reef to really get the best from this reserve but it's worth it. Tried lots of other spots around the...More

Thank Horoeka
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best snorkeling ever, huge variety of fish. Even saw / swum with a turtle. Extremely safe. Highly recommend.

Thank letsgo76
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

This is just heaven. You can park at the beach then 10 meters of walking and you are swimming with beautiful fish just a meter off the sand. Best place on the island and I will stay here next time. It's quiet clean and sheltered....More

2  Thank Cookster_11
Reviewed 27 July 2017

The fish were very colourful in shallow safe waters. I enjoyed this better than the Barrier Reef. Helps to wear footwear as I did cut my feet on rocks.

Thank AucklandWino
Reviewed 22 July 2017

This is just the loveliest side of island for checking out what is in the water below. Your choice to snorkel or scuba and try and find moray eels and friends...

1  Thank voncraig1
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Sad but a lot of coral damage...some by storms and some by people reef walking. The truth is there is not much coral but a lot of different fish and is still worth while but most important you are inside the reef now if you...More

2  Thank mavnick
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We drove down to snorkel during high tide. Once you get to the resort, you just walked through the main lobby to the beach. The staff were friendly about this. While snorkeling, we saw some fantastic marine life including a peacock flounder, blue stars, clams,...More

3  Thank legallyred
Reviewed 27 June 2017

We stayed at the Rarotongan and snorkelled the lagoon daily. There are just so many fish to see even close in shore but the further out you go the more variety there is. And what you see by one part of the coral will change...More

1  Thank TStevenson77
Reviewed 23 June 2017

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
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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.
Dion N
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