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Fantastic walk & swim in a downpour

Visited here as a family of five (3 young adults) this week. A 15 minute drive from Port Vila... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Launceston, Australia
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Stunning falls! Awesome family fun!

Any trip to Port Vila must include a visit to the Mele Casades to experience the stunning... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sydney, Australia
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Mele Road | Mele Maat, Port Vila, Efate 1368, Vanuatu
+678 23050
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited here as a family of five (3 young adults) this week. A 15 minute drive from Port Vila - it's a must do activity (rain, hail or shine -- and we certainly got all three)! Set amongst beautiful tropical gardens - it's a gradual...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Any trip to Port Vila must include a visit to the Mele Casades to experience the stunning waterfalls. On a morning tour with local company Evergreen (professional and efficient), we were provided with a history lesson by local guide Robert (he was fantastic!). Together with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mele Cascades is well worth the visit. It’s beautiful and lots of space so you don’t feel like you are on top of other people. There is a bit of a walk and some steep steps to climb to get there

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank cassyffrench
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 9.30 am and there were just 3 other people at the top pool under the waterfall. It soon became more crowded as the day the day wore on with several families passing us an hour later as we left. The top falls...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We caught a bus (local with B on the number plate) negotiating a price of 1500 Vatu (one way)from Vale Vale to Mele Cascades for 4 people. The journey is about 30min. To enter Mele Cascades it costs 2000 Vatu each or about $25 aud...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank WayneN795
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ( solo adult with 2 teenage children ) visited on a Tuesday afternoon free of any cruise ship passengers and a swell of anyother tourists. I believe it is well worth the $25 AUD equivalent entry fee. Nice man at the entrance let the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Matt5starorbetter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous views. Lovely springs and a cool slide. Well worth a visit. A nice walk up and pretty cascade at the top.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jo F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see. Go early and beat the rush. We got the at 8am and had the place to our selves. Expext your feet to get wet walking there. Well worth the trip

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marpc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well maintained great introduction to fresh water on Efate. Recommend going early and not something to do with lots of people. That said the first pools should not be overlooked for a fun swim. Would definately return. Some posts refer to ownership as a negative...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is worth the $2000 vatu entry fee. The walk is GLORIOUS - 20-30 minutes of complete solitude in lush forestry, fruit plants on the way, the sound of trickling water in the background and previews of the waterfall at the end of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank curlygirl1993
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October 23, 2018|
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Response from Andrew S | Reviewed this property |
I would say it would depend on the time of year. We went after an extended drier period so the water level on the crossings were very low and it shouldn’t be too difficult. As one advisor suggested, take your time, but... More
Peter B
July 30, 2018|
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Response from ColinRosewarne | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of water and save your money on the guide. Not necessary. Buses way cheaper too.
Nicole J
July 17, 2018|
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Response from MilneBayPatriot | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are. If not, the tour guids available at the waterfall reception are easily able to get a taxi for you.
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Trip Report (10 Replies)
As promised, back from our eight days at Hideaway Island so thought I'd post up a quick trip report. We are a family of four - two teenage 'kids' of 14 and 17, so this is from that point of view. I won't do a day-by-day account as I started keeping a diary but then got too relaxed to continue! I've done a separate review of the resort so will just say it was clean, fantastic snorkelling and diving, friendly staff, nice bar and restaurant. You do need reef shoes though. We didn't do a lot of...More
April 30, 2012|
Response fromOldNHappy|
Thanks for your report Diane, was great to read. Vanuatu is definitely not a 'cheapy' destination for food & shopping like Bali or Thailand, but there are cheaper places to eat in Port Vila, such as the markets or some of the smaller cafes. Making your own lunches is definitely the way to go though, especially with hungry teenagers. Thanks again for making the effort to write a trip report. Bet you'd rather be back there today than here in cold rainy Adelaide! Cheers, Barbara
Mele Cascades transport (9 Replies)
I've read a few TripAdvisor reviews that comment that you should take a bus to the Mele Cascades and pay the entry fee rather than take do an official tour there to save money. This sounds great, but I was wondering how to get back from the waterfall? Do buses stop there regularly, or will I have to negotiate a time with a driver? Thanks again for your help! :)
July 09, 2009|
Response fromJ_T_travellers|
Hi jobanoonoos, Usually what happens is that a bus driver will be dropping off other passengers and then you catch that bus back to town. You can negotiate to have a driver pick you up at an appointed time but this may not be perfectly reliable. A better way is to take the mobile phone number of your bus driver and call him when you're ready to return provided you stay put until he arrives. We generally go with the first option and just wander around near the entrance pools until...More
Newcastle, Australia
Mele Cascades, Eden on the River or both? (7 Replies)
Hi, will be in Port Vila for one day shore trip, can't decide between the bridges at Eden on the River, or the Mele Cascades. There may be an option to do with. What would others suggest? Thanks
December 28, 2017|
Response fromPeaceAndLight|
Hire a bus driver for the day and do both :) Expect to pay $20 per hour for the whole bus ($120 for the day) paid at the end of the day. Pick a well maintained looking bus at the wharf and ask about it. The driver will wait while while you go up the Cascades, go first thing in the morning, pay your entrance fee and self guide up the path to the top of the falls about 20 min walk (no tour required) just follow the track and swim in the pools on the way back down. Wear swimmers under your...More