Vanuatu

Vanuatu is an archipelago consisting of 83 beautiful islands, with the main islands being Efate, Espiritu Santo, Malekula and Tanna. Unfortunately we only got to explore Efate as the monsoon season was just starting and the storms prevented us from taking a small plane to visit other islands.

 

Vanuatu is a land of diversity and huge smiles with abundant marine life, volcanoes and rainforests. People here are very friendly, always smiling and waiting to greet you. The only people we met that didn't smile or didn't say hello were the actual tourists. This is why Vanuatu has been voted twice as the "World's Happiest Place" in the Lonely Planet's Happy Index.

Efate

 

Efate is Vanuatu's third largest island with most of it's inhabitants living in Port Vila, the national capital.  It takes about two hours or 130km to drive around the whole island.  The car hire starts from 5000 Vatu per day for a small car and petrol is approximately 170 Vatu per liter.

 

Our trip started at Mele-Maat Cascades which are only a 10 minute drive from Port Vila.

 

Mele Cascades

To get to the impressive 50m waterfall that lies at the bottom of Klem's Hill, you will stroll through the lush, tropical gardens and at some parts of the trail wade through the water.  Be careful though as the rocks in the water can be very slippery.  

 

Taking photos of the cascades on your way to the main waterfall can be truly refreshing, especially in the hot, humid weather (picture above).

 

This is the trail to the main waterfall where the path is under the water.

 

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