Eden on the River
Eden on the River
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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sandra w
Bass Hill, Australia104 contributions
This place was a gem,from the minute we arrived we were made welcome by Carolyn.As we waited for the next group which was only 20mins,Carolyn gave us complimentary tea/coffee and cold drink which gave us time to spend with the animals,which were all characters.Safety equipment all in good working order and a great little tour and then suspension bridge climbing/walking over cascading waterfalls then a 17m zip line at the end.Much to my husbands and 13yr old amazement i did it,it was unreal and then a refreshing swim in the waterfall at the end,crystal clean icy cold water You could stay as long as you want and do the bridges and zip as many times as you want,once was enough for me but my husband and son did it again.Then when you are done swimming/jumping in waterfall you make your way back down to the entrance area where you have a gorgeous platter of exotic fruits and fresh lime juice.What a fantastic way to spend a few hours in Vila.And best of all not crowded like Mele waterfalls.Would recommend for any age group 5 and up,only 17km from port vila,so don t let cab drivers tell you its an hour away on otherside of island they are just trying to get more money off you negotiate a price for the day.
Written January 21, 2015
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HI Sandra, thank you for your kind word we really appreciate the time our guests take to write their reviews. I have to tell you that all of us from myself to all of the staff enjoy being able to share our piece of Eden with our clients. I also love hearing how much people enjoy our staff because they are very special people and they are what makes Eden a special place
Written April 16, 2015
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FamilyTravellers6
Brisbane, Australia16 contributions
Family
Eden on the River is a new attraction since our last visit to Vanuatu and we found it a little difficult to get information on this before visiting, so hopefully by writing this review I can be of help to others. We booked our own transport to Eden and just paid entrance to the Bridges and a swim, plus a fruit platter and juice after. Cost for this was 4400Vatu per adult (around $50AUD), compared with about $75AUD if we had booked it as a tour through Eden. We booked our private transfer with Around Vanuatu Tours and the return cost for 5 of us to our accommodation was about $44AUD total. We spent just over 2 hours here and that was enough time to walk the suspension bridges (the kids went twice), have a liesurely swim in the rock pool after and sample the fruit platter. The guides are all very friendly, their english is good and they are very informative on the walk down to the river. They are very professional in instructing how to put on the harness before the bridge walk and doing a safety check. The equipment is all in new condition. The guide also carries a first aid kit, rescue kit and satellite phone for emergencies. However, the bridges are a very safe and easy walk for all except the elderly and very young. The bridge isn't very high but does have some sections which have quite large gaps between steps - some of the sections are solid and some are spaced planks. The flying fox at the end is suitable for all. I wouldn't recommend this for someone who suffers from vertigo but otherwise it shouldn't be a problem. The swimming hole is quite deep - adults can't stand so children need to be reasonable swimmers or have flotation devices. This is not a challenging activity, but it is a fun way to spend a few hours.
Written May 5, 2014
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Thank you for taking the time to review our product, I do apologise for the difficulty in gaining information on our tour, we are in a learning curve that is extremely steep. We do have brochure in the resorts but there is sometime a problem about maintaining stock. Also we are about to change our pricing structure, as it is now more common for people to hire cars or negotiate their own transport so the new pricing will reflect this. I am pleased that you enjoyed your day. I will pass your comments to the tour guides, they always appreciate hearing the feed back Carolyn
Written May 13, 2014
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Where to next?!
Port Vila, Vanuatu366 contributions
Couples
To start off I’ll talk about our experience of getting to Eden on the River. As a well traveled couple I’m not into paying for a fancy tour or extra cash to be cattle’d along to somewhere so we set off with some basic knowledge of the area and which way we were heading.

The busses in Port Vila are abundant but varied. When asking to be taken there some were asking for as much as 6,000vt for a journey I knew should only cost around 350vt each so be wary! One taxi driver even shouted at me when I laughed at this price and sped off.

After doing a little more research, I discovered that if you got a bus to Bon Marché from Port Vila for 150vt, you could then literally flag another down and go to Eden for 200vt.

Always have change, and I’d not ask for a price and just give them those amounts otherwise they know you’re not a regular bus user. These are set prices for the areas of travel.

On our arrival at Eden, it was a long drive down a dusty track to the main reception which was set in an untouched jungle area. The entrance fee was 1,000vt ($12AU) each and then we did the bridges of Eden tour at 2,200vt ($25AU) each.

We were shown to the changing/ toilet block which was just the other side of a play area. This was clean and well maintained.

We then put on our safety harnesses, were given a bottle of water each and were lead along a short path by our guide and down to the river where we hooked onto the first safety line and made our crossing. The bridges snaked over the crystal clear water and brought us to a short zip line to finish. Our guide left us at this point to enjoy the various river pools with a small inflatable ring.

After an hour of floating in the crystal clear water and enjoying the current from the small waterfalls we headed back to the cafe where we were enjoyed a mixed fruit platter (included) whilst we dried off in the sun.

Before leaving, we went to the Animal park behind the cafe. This was a little unmaintained but had some lizards, chickens, goats, sheep and a cow.

As we had made our own way to Eden, we had to walk back to the main road to flag down a bus back to town. This took around 15 minutes and was a relatively easy and pleasant walk.

The price was a little steep in my opinion, but the the staff at Eden were very friendly and made us extremely welcome. Thank you.
Written February 27, 2019
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Thanks for such a details review Rich936, your feedback is appreciated.
Written March 24, 2019
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Chris B
Canberra, Australia141 contributions
Couples
Our driver took us to the front entrance....and then we saw the prices

You have to be joking

To walk across the bridges....6,400Vatu. That is about A$70 each!!

A$47 each to get into the petting park

A$40 each to try the fruit and see the flowers

Never

Vanuatu is expensive but this is just silly. Greed run rampant

Drive on please
Written October 25, 2013
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Hi, I apologise for the time that it has taken me to reply but it has taken me this long to register with Trip Advisor as the owner. I am sorry for you experience and we have already taken steps to fix the problem. The prices quoted to you were for our guests that book through the hotels and require pick ups. As a new business we are trying to make it simple but we now realise we need to be able to offer special prices for people that make their own arrangements for travel and bookings, The prices you were quoted include the 15%commission we must pay the booking agents and transport. If you are ever back in Vanuatu please feel free to contact me and I will be pleased to give you a FOC tour Carolyn
Written December 10, 2013
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Bridget B
Hobart, Australia20 contributions
Couples
We travelled in a group of 6 to Eden in the river. We were greeted by a tour guide and a very friendly dog! After an introduction and safety check we made our way down to the cable bridges. Fitted with a harness you make your across several suspension bridges before finishing with a flying fox. After this we all had a refreshing swim in the river. Before our day ended our tour guide showed us through the gardens where she informed us of the plants and their native uses. We also got to sample some local fruit before departing. Due do cyclone Pam some fruit was not available to try but it was still a really great experience.
Written September 15, 2015
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Merry Xmas Bridget, thankyou for your kind comments. I will give Snow a cuddle from you, she enjoys the tours as much as all of our guests. We have had some rain this week and the trees are looking a lot better and we hope to have our fruit back on track within a couple of months. The staff and management wish you a Happy New Year
Written December 25, 2015
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Karen A
Australia11 contributions
Couples
While a bit of a ride from Port Vila (we were P&O Cruise guests) we even enjoyed the trip as our van driver was super friendly and informative. It was a hot day, so the refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters was superb. The surroundings were beautiful; it's well-named as Eden with all the fruit and produce being produced on the property. After the walk and the swim, we were offered free samples of some very unusual fruits. There was a fair bit of laughter as we decided which ones we liked, and which ones we thought were, er, "interesting tastes"!
Written October 6, 2014
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It seems we never responded to your review, thanks for your kind words, we hope to see you again
Written April 11, 2017
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Richard G
waitomo120 contributions
Couples
The staff were very welcoming when we arrived and the walk through the fruit trees informative. Sitting down to try the tropical delights was an enjoyable experience.

The walk to the river was easier than the climb back up but was worth it for the refreshing dip in the water.

Being a fair way out of Port Vila the bus ride was expensive as there is no bus back except to keep your bus & driver waiting. Perhaps this made the trip there and back pricey. If you have a hire car the experience would possibly be OK price-wise.

The cost of doing the walk was also too expensive for what was on offer, a 30min walk through an orchard.
Written September 22, 2014
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Hi Colin, I'm pleased that you enjoyed your experience even though you found it expensive. Unfortunately the transport is very expensive and there is nothing we can do about it. This is the reason we have now removed the cost of transport from the price of the tour , so that people with a hire car do not have to pay double. There is no difference in prices if the bus waits for you or if they return to pick you up. There are way too many buses so none of them are making any money, but there is no will within the government to fix the problem
Written October 5, 2014
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TabathaAJ
Wellington, New Zealand54 contributions
Solo
I highly recommend the Waterfall Eco Tour at Eden on the River as it's not as crowded as the Cascade Waterfalls, which most people choose to visit. The hike to the waterfall is also downhill and not as steep as the hike to the Cascades, so this tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. My small group of 9 participants had the river and waterfall at Eden all to ourselves, which was lovely. :)

After a short trek down through the rainforest, where we were taught about the uses for various native plants (e.g medicinal uses) we were free to swim in the river or float on inner tubes and even had an opportunity to swim underneath the waterfall.

After our refreshing swim (the water was lovely) we each were each offered a coconut to drink. After a short walk back up to the main center our tour guide cut up a huge platter of fruit grown on the premises (e.g passion-fruit, grapefruit and star-fruit) for our group to try. All the fruit I tried was delicious.

Also a huge thanks to Peter "the Rock" our driver, who gave a fun yet informative running commentary about the sites we passed in Vila, while on our way to Eden on the River. :)

I'd definitely revisit Eden on the River to try the Bridges of Eden Walk, which other groups on my cruise raved about. :) For a real taste of Vila, get off the beaten track and visit Eden on the River. :)
Written May 15, 2014
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Hi Tabitha, thanks for the lovely review and all of us here at Eden are pleased that you enjoyed your stay, if you are ever back in Vanuatu , bring proof of who you are and a copy of this comment and I will give you a great discount on the Bridges of Eden. Also thankyou for taking the time to make this comment, it is greatly appreciated. Carolyn
Written May 18, 2014
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prue2e
Port Vila, Vanuatu1 contribution
Family
We went to Eden on the River in October 2013 and went late in the afternoon and it was awesome! The water was a bit cool but refreshing and still nice to go for a swim after we walked along the bridge which you are harnessed to and then end with a flying fox! They also have an awesome kids playground area which is really cool and takes you back to how playgrounds were when you grew up and the petty zoo is really cool too, especially seeing one day old lambs!
We are now living in Vanuatu and had friends come over on their honeymoon so we decided to take them to Eden to have the same experience as we did and if we hadn't planned on going around the island that day we probably would have stayed there all day. We went there in the morning and as the weather was a bit warmer the river was perfect to relax and swim in for ages. It was so peaceful and you could just stare up into the trees and feel like you are in heaven. Walking along the bridges it was awesome to take photos of the amazing scenery and crystal clear water holes of the river.
After over an hour of sitting in the tyre rings they supplied and exploring the river pools, we got out feeling so clean and refreshed. We were then presented with a big platter of fresh local fruit and fresh lime juice, all which was grown in the gardens of Eden.
The owners and staff are so nice, welcoming and their knowledge of the plants in Eden and historical stories is something you will take home with you.
Only being a smooth 15-20 minute drive from town it is definitely somewhere we would go often and take any visitors we have to Eden on the River.
I have been to cascades waterfalls many times before and I think if you have to choose between the two, Eden on the River will win for sure! So much more natural and the feeling of an untouched paradise.
If you are coming over on holidays or live here, this is a must do!!!
Written December 4, 2013
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It seems we never responded to your review, thanks for your kind words, we hope to see you again
Written April 11, 2017
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San S
Gold Coast, Australia1 contribution
Couples
I went here last week based on all the glowing reviews all I can say is don’t be scammed. I first contacted Eden through Facebook as their website was not working. I contacted Eden asking if they would pick us up from our resort they advised they could arrange this for 2 people for 4000 vatu and this included transfers a tour and a swim. I wanted to also do the bridge walk so I asked my resort to contact Eden and organize the transfers, the garden tour, and the bridge walk plus a swim. The resort made the phone call to Eden in front of me and she confirmed twice what was included, the price was told to us to then be 6400 Vatu and our resort did a Voucher for us to present to them. We arrived at Eden at 9 and our guide was great, the walk and the bridges were basic but the swimming was nice. We then were ready to leave and had to pay where the ladies started saying to us we needed to pay an extra 4000 for the transfers as these were not included. I advised no we were told the price were all inclusive and they advised us that it did not include the transfers there and back. I was shocked I had paid $80 AUD for a swim in a waterfall and had only been there 2 hours and they were trying to fleece me another $50 AUD. What a disgrace! This soured our day. Do yourself a favor go to the waterfall run by the locals it’s next door it’s the same river plus it’s only 1500 Vatu per person. Very sad and dissapointed to be taken advantage of.
Written June 25, 2018
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Hi San, Next time I reccommend you stick with trying to organise your tour one way or the other. You enquired for one tour through our Facebook page and then proceeded to book something totally different, for a different price and different package through your hotel. If you would have come for just a swim, then you would find us just as cheap as our neighbours and we are locally owned.
Written October 9, 2018
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