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Mele Cascades

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Address: | Mele Maat, Port Vila, Efate 1368, Vanuatu
Phone Number: +678 23050
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Mele Cascades Waterfalls is one of Efate's most popular natural...

Mele Cascades Waterfalls is one of Efate's most popular natural attractions. Only 20 minutes drive out of town, a visit can be completed in just over two hours. There are bathroom facilities available , sitting area, a small cafe and bar on site for purchase of food and drinks. The area is local owned and run by locals. Revenue generated help pay wages for local employees, maintenance and upkeep of the area,community development for surrounding villages and sponsorship of social activities, most especially soccer development programs for youth. Note: Efate is currently experiencing severe El Nino and the once picturesque attraction has very low water levels. This is also causing drastic water supply shortage to villages and its people. To close the business would mean loss of income for many.

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Pretty but no water

We were unfortunate to go at the end of an El Nino season, so there hadn't been heavy rain months. The guy at the counter was really nice, and explained this to us, he even showed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were unfortunate to go at the end of an El Nino season, so there hadn't been heavy rain months. The guy at the counter was really nice, and explained this to us, he even showed a before and after picture. They've also lowered the price seeing as there isn't much water. We went anyway, and it was pretty with... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These famous waterfalls should not be visited until the drought ends. They actually don't really exist at the present time. It is $25 AUD to go in and see a dry riverbed. It might be lovely when there is water, but ask.

Thank dmittleman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I called into Mele Cascades a few days into our honeymoon. The trek in was something wonderful, you really couldn't picture the end result until you were upon the cascades. An amazing clump of bamboo met us half way- I think you could have had 20 people hold hands and reach around- truly amazing! The falls were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

although the main water fall wasnt flowing the pools on the way up are just as beautiful and the guide was great

Thank Bruce C
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The waterfall tour was breathtaking. The journey to the waterfall was led by our excellent tour guide "Rob" (from memory he worked for evergreen) who did an awesome job of showing us plants etc and telling us traditional Vanuatu stories along the way. The actual waterfall was amazing, although it rained for 10 or minutes while we were there, this... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have no doubt that the Cascades are a stand out feature, however during the late September/October period without rain the waterfall no longer runs. Depending on your inclination it may or may not be worth the visit. I still found the walk and the pools interesting however the wife and kids were keen to move off to the next... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked all the way up but there's no water at all, because of a lack of rainfall. The hike is nice but don't go there now if you're looking for some sort of water experience. You better wait for more rainy weather and ask the staff explicitly before going up.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great time walking up to the facades/falls. Lovely walk (uphill at times) and once at the top, a cool swim under the cascades. Best when water flows well.

Thank CilliA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked on a tour to visit the cascade falls... which was cancelled and money refunded as lack of rainfall has no water in the falls

Thank Chris M
Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a long walk, which is not always easy, the hidden gem at the top of the hill made it all worthwhile. Swimming in the waterfalls was an amazing experience, one not to be missed. The water is clean and refreshing and what was needed after the trek up there !

Thank Amanda B

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