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Aroa Marine Reserve

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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Colouful amazing fish

The fish are plentiful and amazing colours and sizes. Take some bread to feed them at the waters... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland, New Zealand
So beautiful

My favourite spot on the island. Water is so clear and so many different fish small and big. A must... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sara C
via mobile
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Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fish are plentiful and amazing colours and sizes. Take some bread to feed them at the waters edge.

Thank CherryB138
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My favourite spot on the island. Water is so clear and so many different fish small and big. A must see!!

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Palm tree skirted golden beach with blue/green tropical waters. Dip your toes in or go snorkelling. Various depths, with slight drift able currents. Take your underwater camera or simply observe the organisms and fish that are plentiful and colourful. This area is tidal and as...More

Thank omoja
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Protecting the marine life has paid huge dividends. An amazing array of beautiful tropical fish, friendly and curious just metres out from the shoreline in the lovely, calm lagoon. Lots of beautiful coral gardens, each hosting their own species of fish. There is one particular...More

Thank HelenL1000
Reviewed 9 October 2017

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.

1  Thank LachMe
Reviewed 8 October 2017

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

1  Thank Horoeka
Reviewed 28 September 2017

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

1  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

3  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.

1  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...

2  Thank voncraig1
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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