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“Surprised.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hideaway Island Marine Reserve

Hideaway Island Marine Reserve
Hideaway Island | Mele, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Ranked #5 of 15 Attractions in Port Vila
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Rakaia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Surprised.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Whilst I had a great time over at hidden island on a day excursion, it was let down by the staff. When I arrived I asked about the underwater postcards and was looked up and down by the staff member and finally provided with them after,the food I ordered was cold as it seems they forgot who had ordered it and I never did recieve the drink after having asked for it 3 times.

The snorkling I enjoyed I had a crystal clear day, but was surprised that the reef wasn't in better condition. Once the cruise ship had arrived in I headed off as it was getting really crowded and facilities etc were few.

Visited December 2012
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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“Your "must do" day trip from Vila”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Go there, easy snorkelling, underwater post office, great fish curry, dive courses all close to Vila. Busy on weekends and cruise ship days go there if you haven't got time to snorkel further afield.

Visited October 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Snorkelling safari”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Disappointed. Coral reef in poor condition. The tour was average. Lots of fish cause their being feed but it takes away the natural beauty of the area.
Good place to go for a snorkel with kids safe. Catch a bus out. And just go over and visit. Lots of activities if you stay a few nights. Padi dive shop so diving is the go if like shore dives drop offs look good
Food ok.

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Australia
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“The best snorkelling on Efate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Take some bread for the fish! Visibility is amazing and it's usually nice and calm so this makes for easy snorkelling. Love the pontoons out there so you can have a rest / sun bake.

The restaurant is fantastic - be sure to have lunch here!

Just get a local bus there (A$3 each). There are plenty waiting when you return. Allow a couple of hours to visit here.

A fantastic place to visit.

Visited January 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“expensive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I wouldn't recommend making a day trip if it was for snorkeling. There are better free options, that are not so commercial. Getting into the water was difficult on a windy day and the visiblity on this day wasn't great.

Visited March 2012
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