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Best tourist spot on island.

What a great beautiful location. Excellent swimming, short walk to waterfalls, safety ropes for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Calgary, Canada
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Love this place , a must see spot in Vanuatu, can be hot walking up to the top , but worth every... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
paul m
Bundaberg, 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 2 days ago via mobile

What a great beautiful location. Excellent swimming, short walk to waterfalls, safety ropes for slippery locations. If you visiting Port Vila for a short time, we recommend this as a must see.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Love this place , a must see spot in Vanuatu, can be hot walking up to the top , but worth every minute of the trip. Great spot to cool down and relax and mix with some of the locals. Some great swim spots all...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank paul m
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a picturesque place. Waterfalls everywhere, swimming holes, a good walk and plenty of steps, so better for the fitter to go the whole journey. Our guide David was very helpful helping my wife through watercourses.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Campbells158
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mele Cascades is need of some T.L.C. since my last visit it seems to have been let go,paths and surrounding gardens need some work to bring them back to the standard they used to be.The falls are still amazing and worth the walk,you need to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Piggybackfarm
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mele Cascades are located a short drive from the Port Vila townsite. You can go on an organised tour with a guide or by local taxi and complete the walk up the cascades alone. There is a stone walkway across the stream which you...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jan A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cascades is about 20 minutes or so out of Port Vila....easy drive or regular buses run there too. Park is privately owned with entry fees applying...around $60 AUD for family of four. This is a really beautiful stretch of water that has a pleasant garden...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very picturesque, and clear water to swim in - very lovely afternoon. Paths can be slippery and narrow, and it's a climb up to the top - just beware if you have mobility issues.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 550kimberleyr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a bit of a hike in however well worth it. The falls are sky high and the opportunity to swim in a pool right underneath is a once in a lifetime! So beautiful. The falls are well looked after to minimise slipping and they...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chelle2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Mele Cascades tour with a company called Evergreen tours. The guide at the falls walked slower than a snail and was totally unengaged during the tour. I would recommend just going on our own and paying at the gate. The falls...More

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

I loved this place. Wear good grippy waterproof shoes. An amazing experience highly recommended. Nice cafe, friendly people. Very clean. Beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2019
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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