Mele Cascades are located in 15 minutes drive from Port Vila – capital of Vanuatu, not far from the road. This is popular tourist attraction with marked trail and wide offer of tourist business including abseil down the falls. There should be paid entrance fee to access the cascades but all visitors agree that it is worth to pay. It is advised to come very early or – also in lunchtime, because during the day falls might be quite crowded.
Tourist footpath starts below the falls. Water of the stream is blue-green, it contains lots of dissolved lime. Bed of the stream often is layered with tufa deposits. Trail often goes straight through the water. Not many notice it: the edges of tufa terraces are covered with larvae of black flies.
Tufa deposits in many locations have formed smaller cascades with pools and, as one goes ahead, the cascades become taller. Several pools with cool water are well suited to swim and tourists eagerly use this opportunity, especially in warm time. There is a cave behind one of such cascades.
Most impressive is the approximately 45 – 50 m tall upper waterfall which is sliding down a steep rock face. There is beautiful lookout from the top of the falls over the lush green fields and forests of Efate island and the Pacific ocean.
After the earthquake in August 2010 the upper part became unstable.
|Coordinates:||17.6737 S 168.2531 E|
|Address:||Australia and Oceania, Vanuatu, Shefa, Efate Island, some 12 km northwest from Port Vila, near Mele Maat village|
|Alternate names:||Mele Maat Falls|
|Height:||Tallest upper plunge – approximately 45 m, total height – some 70 m|
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