The Mele Cascades are gorgeous!! The water is crystal clear and runs over limestone so it looks fantastic.
The cascades are about a 10 minute drive north of Port Vila and it costs around 200 vatu to get out there. Once you arrive you will have to pay a 1000 vatu fee to get into the cascades too...and if you're lucky you will get a guide.
You can swim in the cascades and look around as long as you like once you're there... You'll also find plenty of locals cooling off around the cascades.
The cafe at Hideaway Island is a nice little cafe overlooking the ocean (which would be almost impossible on this island anyway...haha). They have a fairly 'normal' menu with burgers, chips etc but the prices are probably a little higher than in town.
To get to Hideaway Island from Port Vila you will need to catch a mini bus or taxi out to the ferry point (about a 10 minute drive) and then catch the free ferry across the water. (You will then have to pay the 500 vatu entry fee on arrival)
All of the photos we saw of Hideaway Island looked like they had a gorgeous white sandy beach around the island... When we arrived we found out that it was infact a coral beach...a little disappointing but okay all the same...
Luggage and bags:
Take as little as possible...one small backpack or no bag at all if you can. We left our bag on the beach while we snorkelled and didn't have a problem but if we didn't take it then we wouldn't have had to worry...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take your own snorkel gear if you can, otherwise you can hire it for around 800 vatu per person.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take lots of sunscreen...you will get burnt while snorkelling...
There is an underwater post office at Hideaway Island. I heard that it was the only one in the world - but I also heard that it was the 'first' one in the world so I'm not sure if there are others. You can get a special 'plastic' postcard which you need to write on with pencil and then you will need to dive down a short distance to post your...more