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    Mele Cascades

    by CandS Written May 14, 2004

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    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.

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    Hideaway Cafe

    by CandS Written May 12, 2004

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    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.

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    A starfish at Hideaway

    by CandS Updated May 14, 2004

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    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)

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Mele Tourist Traps

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    Hideaway Island

    by CandS Written May 12, 2004

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    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...

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    by CandS Written May 12, 2004

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    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...

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  • Hideaway Island 'Beach'

    This is a view of the Hideaway Island 'Beach'... They suggest you don't snorkel in this area because of the rough rocks...

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  • Underwater Post Office

    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...

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  • Snorkelling

    We also saw a huge fish with big teeth while we were snorkelling...hmmmm...he scared me a bit but luckily he kept his distance... ;)

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