Aroa Marine Reserve, Rarotonga

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#5 of 10 in Parks in Rarotonga
Considered one of the world's finest snorkeling spots, Aroa Marine Reserve is a protected lagoon featuring crystal-clear water and droves of fish. This natural breeding ground provides a safe home for butterfly fish, sea bream, octopi, clams, and moray eels. Snorkeling gear and diving tours are available from the onsite resort or the dive center. Avoid stepping on coral while snorkeling, but do not worry about watching out for boats, because they are not allowed in the lagoon. By using our Rarotonga trip app , you can arrange your visit to Aroa Marine Reserve and other attractions in Rarotonga.
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  • 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 rea...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • The fish are plentiful and amazing colours and sizes. Take some bread to feed them at the waters edge.  more »

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Since pristine white beaches and turquoise lagoons are never far away in Rarotonga, where you stay depends entirely on how much you want to spend. The hotels and resorts tend to cluster around the most scenic beaches and lagoons. At the higher end, luxury resorts offer pampering comfort, but often share their beaches with much more affordable accommodations. If you want to explore a certain part of the island, look for lodgings nearby: although the buses are extremely convenient, they tend to meander at a very slow pace.
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