Mele Cascades
Mele Cascades
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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.
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Laurent
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The falls are nice but not anything you would not find in other countries. The entry fee of 2,500 VT (around $30 AUD or $20 USD) per person makes this not with it (a major tourist trap) and I would not recommend visitors wasting their time or money to go. The falls are foreign owned and you are not helping the local people by doing so.
Written 11 October 2022
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ddflash
Sunshine Coast, Australia30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We paid around $30 au per person to enter the cascade waterfalls which is expensive in comparison to other local tourist sites. There was no guide available for us but it was a straightforward walk up to the top before you get to the falls - which are stunning. Recommend wearing reef shoes as you walk across wet rocks in the last section and can hold onto a rope to get to the top.
Written 22 October 2022
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TJfamily2014
Byron Bay, Australia168 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
My friends and I visited this undoubtedly beautiful spot and while I did enjoy our afternoon there the experience was soured by the knowledge of the Chinese ownership which appears to hold no value at all of this natural wonder accept as a money making venture. It is certainly expensive, I was more than happy to pay the 1500 Vatu to the local Mele village who maintain the bottom section and to whom, presumably, the land belongs. However the 2000 Vatu paid to access the top section where the main waterfalls are, feels exorbitant, and I am told that this money does not benefit the locals at all but goes directly to the Chinese company that now owns it. This is particularly distasteful as this company are apparently doing nothing to maintain the beautiful spot. There is rubbish all along the path and in some spots in the water. The safety ropes are largely washed away and the young men who collect your money appear to have no concern for the cascades upkeep. I wish I had gone to another of the islands beautiful waterfalls or cascades that are wholly locally owned.
Written 20 April 2023
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Martin S
Sydney, Australia122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The falls were stunning because it was rainy season. The main fall is tall and powerful and there are a number of cascades downstream. The local community have built facilities by the lower cascade and you pay a fee to enter. This gives you access to toilets and changing rooms and there is also fresh fruit offered at no additional cost. There is a bar by a natural pool beneath one of the lower cascades and sun loungers are provided. You ascend to the main falls via a track and this takes about 10 minutes. You have to pay a second fee for this which is expensive but in view of the experience it was certainly worth it for us. You cross the stream twice. When you get to the top they have set up ropes in the cascades which enables you to climb them and walk through the rushing water. It is better if you have aqua shoes but many people do it barefoot. It is an exhilarating experience to approach the main fall in this way. There were not many people there when we went but they all found it to be a great experience. It was our favourite place in Efate.
Written 21 January 2023
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Vanessa C
Escondido, CA23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
When we went we had the whole place to ourselves (minus 1 couple who were leaving as we were getting to the main waterfall), it was a fairly easy hike but make sure to wear water shoes because they will get wet. The cascades, waterfalls and greenery were all beautiful. The only disappointing thing was that the entrance price is very high and that was a bit of a turn off especially knowing that money does not go to the locals and goes to the Chinese who now own it. If you need a private driver for the day to take you to this and other sites around the island I recommend Austen Lolo, his English is great and is a very happy easy going guy, to reach him go to Facebook and search "Austen Lolo"
Written 25 October 2022
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Angela S
Sydney171 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We visited on 5 July, just a few days after the country opened back up after the pandemic.
The cascades are beautiful and the waterfall was awesome. Huge water flow. If you're going for the natural experience- to see the cascades and waterfall and swim in the water holes, you won't be disappointed.
However, the business appears to just have changed hands and the facilities are not ready for visitors. The toilets didn't flush, the lights didn't work, and the buildings around have graffiti and are falling apart. Chairs and items that survived the shut down are still piled up and not really usable.
The shelter up by the waterfall is in disrepair and the stairs to the waterfall are barely hanging on. The bridges are missing planks and paths are pretty overgrown. We did not venture up the waterfall via the rope line. The condition of everything else made us question the integrity of the rope line.
I imagine in about 3-6 months, once money starts flowing again, they'll be able to return it to better condition. However, if you go now, go to enjoy nature and set other expectations low.

Written 5 July 2022
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CJSammo
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Decided to pop by these as my partner has been here before and said how amazing it is. Sadly due to a dry wet season it is dry apart from 2 watering holes on the way up so no cascades.
Once at the top the hole there to swim in is stunning and as the water isn't flowing fast it is so relaxing to swim. Floating in the water, all you can see is cliffs and rainforest. So peaceful.

Definitely worth the 15min walk but only if you are going to swim i think.

Due to it having been bought by a Chinese company its pretty expensive and the locals wont encourage you to go there now as the money wont be going back into the community which is sad.
Written 8 March 2020
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Jessie_192
Bateau Bay, Australia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Loved this experience. We took our 3 and 4yo with us. Our guide was amazing with all of us, walking with those of us in the group who were a bit anxious about slipping and creating some beautiful drawings on the stone, not to mention showing us the wildlife! He also took photos for each of us in the group once we got to the top.
Do take reef shoes as you’ll get wet but also helps with the slippery parts. Take your time and enjoy, it’s just beautiful.
Written 30 November 2022
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OZHasie
Brisbane, Australia214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
What a beautiful place and great walk. We spent the better part of the morning at Mele Cascades, our local guide was very knowledgeable and shared some local stories and provided insight into local custom.

The falls are a great place to cool off on a hot humid day and the scenery itself is unique and beautiful.

Highly recommend
Written 15 January 2020
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Kia
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A group of 7 of us visited the waterfalls today and we were pleasantly surprised by the waterfall! We paid $40 each to get in to both areas as we were a group however the normal price is $60 per person! The bottom area seemed alright however we didn't really spend much time there as we spent it up at the waterfall (probably not worth going just for the bottom pool bit) ! You can climb right up to the bottom of the waterfall however I would say you need to be quite physically agile to do so. I would say you would need around 2 hours there if you were wanting to walk to the waterfall and spend a bit of time there!

BE CAREFUL OF YOUR BELONGINGS!!

As we were up at the top and in the water unfortunately someone did go through our bags on the side and stole a phone from one bag and some cash from 2 other bags! We are not sure if this happens often however there were not that many people there today (approximately 5 other groups) so please just be aware!

I think there are lockers at the bottom pool area when you enter which in hindsight we should of obviously used so it would probably be good to do so if you visit.
Written 3 April 2024
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