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“Picked a great morning”
Review of Mele Cascades

Mele Cascades
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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 #1 of 58 things to do in Port Vila
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Ballarat, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Picked a great morning”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Great venue- and maintance is first class- changes and updates being made will be of great benefit, all staff super happy to chat and inform

Visited November 2012
Thank Gail S
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We ended up seeing these beautiful Falls by default. Our tour was supposed to be around the Island but when we joined the tour the destination had changed. We ended up going to a local village and the Gardens. The Waterfalls were our last stop and well worth it. As we didnt realise we were headed there we hadnt taken our swimmers so sadly missed out on a swim, plus we needed thongs or suitable footwear for crossing over the Falls - we were able to tell others going there what to take! Really enjoyed the workout with the climb after sitting in a bus and we were given some delicious local refreshments at the end. Keep a look out for the dog that climbs the coconut trees plus has a coconut as its ball! Looks like the deflated inner of a rugby ball. Tour guides very relaxed and friendly and the surroundings stunning.

Visited July 2012
Thank Karen L
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We caught a taxi from our resort to the Mele Cascades, agreed price with driver of 5000vt return from the Holiday Inn Resort. Make sure you have a variety of vatu notes as alot of drivers don't seem to carry change. There is an entrance fee at the base of the cascades. Take cash. We had our two children aged 6 and 4 with us. No problems for them to make the walk to the top. There were groups of steps then alittle easy going then more steps then more easy walking. Then you reach the point where you walk holding the rope through running water and small falls up to the main waterfall. We wore reef shoes which made it quite easy. A tip, don't think you can only take waterproof cameras. We took video camera and digital camera and put them in double snap lock bags inside our backpack just incase we fell over in the water which didn't happen. You can swim right alongside of anywhere you choose to leave your bag so no need to worry about having to leave your belongings unattended. A great thing to do on a warm day as you are mostly in shade. We took our time on the walk up approx 30mins with photo stops and the whole visit we allowed 2 1/2 hours to be back down the bottom with allowing time for a quick drink before we went back to our taxi. You could easily allow 3 hrs with children if you want more swim time. These falls are stunning beautiful from top to bottom. Well worth seeing.

Visited November 2012
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Broken Hill, Australia
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109 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Don't miss it!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Beautiful waterfalls and an even better walk up to the falls. It's a bit of a climb but with stairs and rails. I did it with a bad back, dodgy left leg and a walking stick so it's not too bad. It was a great morning, immediately pleased by the surroundings at the start, so tranquil and colourful. Started up the steps, took our time and enjoyed the views and plant life. All the colours of the rainbow. Keep an eye out for the huge bamboo. It has to be 3 metres high.
The waterfall was great, just spent some time looking around and enjoying the tranquility.
Try to fit in a trip to the falls if you can. I cost us around $60AU to hire a taxi, he waited for us to return and took us on a little tour on the way back to Vila for our Duty Free stuff. He was great but I would still advise if you use a taxi, don't pay until you return or they might just leave you.
We enjoyed it, I hope you do.

Visited October 2012
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Lake Macquarie, NSW
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Number 1 thing to see and do”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Catch bus from PV 300vt. Entrance fee. Wear swimmers, reef shoes. On the way back from the top just past the hut, stop at a natural rock formation that acts as a slide into a pool of water. Better to wear boardies unless you want to be exfoliated :-) Walk back out to road and catch bus back to town. Another 300vt pp.

Visited November 2012
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