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Riri was the first blue hole we visited and we fell in love. The sun was shining and the water was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Gabi A
Melbourne, Australia

All of the three blue holes are lovely, this one was not quite as well maintained as the other two... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We ended up in Luganville because due to bad weather we could not go to Mystery Island. Through checking out cruise critic and trip advisor we decided again to avoid the expensive tours available through the ship ( Royal Carribean in our case) and organise our own trip. We possiblly could have done more but for a first visit it wasn't too bad.

If you are going to organise your own tour, be prepared for bargaining and negotiating with the taxi drivers. Some of them have vans and if you have a large group you may want to go with that. Check recent trip advisor reviews for up to date prices. As of February 2018 we negotiated $40 Aussie a day to visit 2 locations and raised it to an extra $10 per person to go to a third spot.

We found cab driver who walked over to a pick up truck with benches in the back and internal seating and the driver and girl took us in to Luganville town ship. It turned out the pick up truck belonged to a local tour operator (George) who is a bit of an operator! However we negotiated a final price and locations for the day - with his input ( it is good to find out what they think you can achieve in the time available) . Again you can pay with Aussie or American dollars.

He suggested we went to Riri Blue Hole. I asked him about Nanda and he said he thought it was too far for a short day trip ( we had to be back on the boat by 4pm). We knew about going by outrigger, so he drove to the bridge and some local guys we were waiting with a few outriggers. The river was clear even though it was raining. Takes about 10-15 minutes and were promised that it was $10 Aussie per person up and back to the hole. It turned out, and I think George knew all the time, that the river was too "busy" for the return trip and George met us about 1 hr later at the Blue hole. The Blue hole is lovely, great if you have water shoes to climb around the edges but not essential. Not really worth snorkling though. More of a jumping in and out and swimming around. It turns out there were tours from our cruise doing the same thing for at least double the price and no outriggers!Bring your own snacks or buy something from the locals.

Then there was a little problem. We had negotiated to go to Million dollar point to snorkel over the dumped WWII equipment which has become a reef. George was adamant that the weather was wrong. Trust me, darling , I have been doing this for 30 yrs!
So reluctantly we went off to a local beach resort which granted did have a good snorkling place. We found it by accident as we walked out in the shallow water off the beach. I think George must get a kick back from the owner. Food there was expensive so we shared a bowl of hot chips (fries). Look, its not bad for a food break and there are toilets and showers and nice snorkling. After that we did negotiate further with George and by then George had found two more people off the cruise who also thought they had hired George "exclusively". We did go to Million dollar point which was back past the cruise ship docking point and had to go on a dirt road. Maybe George was worried about wear and tear on his truck or ? who knows. Any way it was worth going but we needed longer. So insist that George and his mates stick to their original agreement. If you don't want him picking up other people, make it clear. ! TEll him you will pay at the end of the day!

Oh if you do go with George or someone with a ute ( pickup truck) we insisted that George drive about 30-40 km per hour rather than the 50-70 he preferred to drive at. You do not want to be thrown out of a moving ute at my age !
I don't want to give George a bad rap. Hes a good business man and let the buyer beware. He runs some cottages for rent and takes groups of fisherman out game fishing and does private day trips and he has to run a business in a struggling economy.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Catherine P
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

From nanda blue hole we driving around to champagne beach , Me & my boyfriend got to pass this place, We don’t really have time to stop over , but just to see from outside the waters actually look very blue n calm.

The only problem is
Locals not very friendly.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank christy a
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Our driver organised a local fellow to paddle us up to the Riri blue hole in an outrigger canoe. Parts of the river were a bit murky but as we came close to the blue hole the water was crystal clear. We had the place to ourselves and swam in tranquility. The grounds are well maintained by the local landowners and the facilities were rustic but clean.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jeanette J
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

I thought this blue hole was beautiful, however did not visit any others on Santo. The water colour was incredible and lovely and refreshing. We were the only tourists there which was wonderful. A couple of locals popped in for a quick dip while we were there. There are 2 ropes you can swing off.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank AusChick101
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Yes gone green. Still nice. Had ropes for kids to swing into water. Had a canoe trip I river not worth the money really not authentic canoes they are plastic. Locals not really friendly.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank 729traceyb
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