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SouthSeasAmerican wrote a review May 2020
Luganville, Vanuatu295 contributions158 helpful votes
We live in Vanuatu, but not on Efate. We were in Port Vila on business, but we were looking for a family outing on Saturday. My wife called Eden on the river and arranged transport from our hotel and back for quite a reasonable fee. We had Eden to ourselves, except for staff, friendly dogs, sheep and other critters. Our eight year old daughter was so excited before we got there that I was afraid that reality would be a letdown. It was not. Everything exceeded our expectations. The playground was a really high quality construction of wood, tires and ropes. Our daughter was delighted with the farm animals in the park. The cafe was closed so we brought sandwiches with us to eat in one of the picnic shelters. Then we went to the river. Our daughter had so much fun swinging, splashing, swimming and chasing prawns that she wore herself out, and me too. I am looking forward to coming back some time to explore more of the underwater nooks and crannies in the sparkling clear river.…
Date of experience: May 2020
gosnm wrote a review Mar 2020
Mallacoota, Australia76 contributions18 helpful votes
We loved Eden on the River as it was our kind of really relaxing afternoon. The gardens are well designed and maintained, and have little signs that tell you about the plants. The owner, Carolyn (Appologies if mis-spelt) also showed us around her veggie / fruit garden which we were really interested in. This was much more informative than the garden tour with the guide was. Many of the home grown fruit and veggies end up on the menu in the cafe - including the white Kumala which they use for hot chips. I’m not a usual kumara / sweet potato fan, but these were AMAZING chips, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and more potato flavoured than the orange varieties. The cafe also serves Tanna coffee in a plunger for 2 - lovely :) The river is stunning and has beautiful big clear pools. We borrowed 2 of the tire tubes and had loads of fun just floating around in the pools and sliding down the little cascades. It’s shady so nice and cool, and very relaxing... I reckon we spent over an hour just swimming. We actually went to Eden on the River with the intention to play mini-golf but ended up doing the ‘bridge walk and garden walk’ instead as it looked interesting on the brochure. I can appreciate that for children, and people who haven’t done much in the way of adventure activities the bridge would be exciting. But for us we took less than 20 minutes to do the walk and cross the bridge - if we’d seen it first we would have stuck with the self-tour and mini-golf idea. The fruit platter after the tour was nice touch. If we went again we’d just pay the 1000vt entrance fee each and enjoy the gardens / river without the tours... and then pay to play the mini-golf. In saying that though, the value for our money was in the owners who, when we told them how much we’d paid to get a bus out (1000vt for 2) they told us it was too much. So at the end of the work day they drove us back to the road with some of the staff and got one of the young staff members to help us get a bus for - costing us only 200vt each back to Vila. Overall a really relaxing day, but would suggest people do the river walk for themselves first (included in the entrance fee) and have a look and decide if the bridges will excite you. …
Date of experience: March 2020
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Paulette H wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We were warmly greeted and got harnessed up to do the bridges of Eden. We including my four year old son, loved it. This finished with mini zip line. After swimming in the tranquil river, played mini golf followed by lunch. There was so much food, steak, sausages, chicken wings, bread and salad, followed by fruit platter. We had the most amazing day, I highly recommend during this tour and visiting this amazing place.…
Date of experience: January 2020
1 Helpful vote
Brad wrote a review Nov 2019
Oakleigh, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
Such and interesting and insightful picture of island living. Beautiful place for the camera or just to rest and swim.
Date of experience: October 2019
Response from EdenVanuatu, Owner at Eden on the River
Responded Nov 20, 2019
Thanks for leaving us such a lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour and the swim.
Margaret E wrote a review Nov 2019
Sydney, Australia52 contributions22 helpful votes
Lovely place for a swim and a picnic. Great fun swinging off the ropes. Usually a lot of locals as well.
Date of experience: November 2019
Response from EdenVanuatu, Manager at Eden on the River
Responded Nov 20, 2019
Thanks for leaving us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.