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“Amazing varieties of fish”

Hideaway Island Marine Reserve
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Half-Day Shore Excursion: North Efate Snorkeling Adventure
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Half-Day North Efate Snorkeling Adventure from Port Vila
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Port Vila
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Amazing varieties of fish”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Hideaway island is very accessible from anywhere in port vila. The number of different varieties of fish is quite amazing in such a small area. The snorkelling is very accessible just by walking off the shore. The coral is not as good as some places like the Barrier Reef but the sea life is outstanding.
The accessibility makes it suitable for all ages and ranges of swimming ability as it is possible to stay close to the shore and still see a lot. confident swimmers can swim to the outer edge of the reef or there is a boat that goes out as well.
The staff working on the island are friendly and helpful. Lunch prices were reasonable and the burger I had was tasty.
Bus from town should not be more than 300 vatu and if there is no bus waiting when you get off then walk to the end of the short road and you won't wait long for one to come by. Admission is 1000 vatu as it is a national park.
Definitely worth doing and can be for as long or short a time as you like.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank tiel
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Island in the sun”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

A lovely day out beside the sea - even though the mainland is so close you really do feel like you are "away from it all"

Visited August 2013
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Feilding, New Zealand
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“A treasure”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Superb snorkeling, great suntrap where the food is V good and everyone most welcoming. We had a most relaxing sun filled day there.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Grant F
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We visited Hideaway Island earlier this week, and were not disappointed. It was a beautiful day, and the place is just stunning. We had lunch on the beach, and sat in the sun for a while, then did a little snorkeling just off the beach. The fish come in so close you don't need to go out very far to see them. We caught the ferry across and paid the entry fee of 1000vt per person, and the hiring of the snorkel gear and fins was also 1000vt per person. The staff were very friendly, the food was great, and overall we had a wonderful relaxing day in the sun. Would highly recommend a day trip here.

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2013

My 6 year old daughter had the most amazing time here, she snorkelled down to the underwater post office and loved swimming with all the fish. She calls it the fish town.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Kyliecharlie
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