There is no denying that this place is run down. The hotel nearby has closed and the grounds have been left untouched. However, around the two large pools and mouth of the river (if you look beyond the ramshackle buildings) is still a place of natural beauty. We had a hire car and were on our way to the Blue Lagoon so it was easy for us to call in on our way. I would have been very disappointed if paid a taxi fare specifically to see this. The "attraction" seems to be run by local people, not westerners like many of the attractions on Vanuatu so there is very little money for upkeep. However I'm not entirely sure how legitimate it is. I am wondering whether the locals have just caught these animals, put them in the pools and are charging an entrance fee. The "guide" that was with us told us he had caught some of the large fish that were in with the sharks.
We paid an entrance fee of approx AU$10 per adult, children were free. There were a few local guys sat under the trees and one wandered over to collect our money, directed us to where we could park across the river and followed us over with a paw paw to feed the sharks, fish and turtles. We enjoyed hand feeding the two adult turtles. There were no baby turtles. You can swim with the sharks and turtles at high tide. We had taken snorkel gear but unfortunately the water was too low. The guide offered us a free visit the next day so we could swim in the pools but we were going home so couldn't take him up on his offer. If you engage the guide in conversation he is very interesting. I didn't feel in any way that the animals were treated badly or looked unhealthy.
We spent about 20 minutes there altogether but didn't come away feeling that we had been cheated. Well, maybe we did a little! We would have loved to have had the opportunity to swim in the pools with the animals. We just left feeling sad that such a beautiful place had been abandoned but at least we were helping the local economy in a small way I guess.
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