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“Get out of your comfort zone”
Review of Millenium Cave

Millenium Cave
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Luganville
Certificate of Excellence
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Get out of your comfort zone”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

We did and really enjoyed the experience. Tough going at times, climbing over boulders in a dark cave with minimum light and bats overhead, but the guides were wonderful and coming out into the light and then canyoning down a beautiful tropical river - amazing. Experience local village life, well worth it.

Visited September 2013
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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“A Must Do”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

What an awesome day trip. Highly recommend you do this. A really great experience and a wonderful sense of achievement.
A group of us did it our ages ranged from 50 to 60 our fitness levels is not that high. So if we can do it so can you.

Visited September 2013
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Canberra
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“worth it”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

So this is how it goes: from Luganville about an hour by bus to the village; about 30 minutes walk through the bush (no nasty creepy-crawlies); about 30 minutes through the cave, ankle to waist in water (which surprisingly is not cold) in complete darkness (well they give you a torch) making your way stepping on or between river pebbles/boulders; about 20 minutes canyoning, about 20 minutes swimming in the river (again water isn't too cold) with 3 or 4 isles of dry land (however this might be more challenging when water is high, even though life vests are provided); some 15-20 minutes walk uphill back to the village (where refreshment is waiting for you) and back to town. Guides are very helpful if you need help, your bags are carried for you while you are going through the cave and on canyoning/swimming part. All adventure costs 7000 vt p/p, I'd say a bit overpriced. But overall it is enjoyable adventure.

Visited September 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“The Millennium Cave:”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

The Millennium Cave:
Wow!! What an experience! An hours jungle walk followed by a half hour slipping and sliding our way through the pitch black cave up to our waist in water with small hand torches to shine on the swallows and bats, followed be some rock hopping, followed by canyoning, floating through water on blow up rings and then a climb out via ropes and ladders! Oh, and then an hours walk out through the jungle :-)
The guides were one to one and although there was a slight language barrier there was good communication which at times was essential! I am quite sure I could not have done it without their assistance. They were always conscientious as to your safety, and even in their bare feet able to walk backwards holding your hand, pointing out where to place your foot/hand etc Not sure I would go so far as to call it dangerous but it certainly wouldn't get past health and safety at home!
It was an exhilarating day and muscles were called into use that hadn't been in a while meaning a very quiet hammock day the following day.

Visited August 2013
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“Not just a walk in the park.”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

This trek is not exactly a walk in the park. It is quite demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. Make sure that you wear a good pair of walking shoes, but take some wetboots or similar to walk through the cave as you will be in the water climbing over lots of rocks. you can change your shoes just befor you head down into the cave while you are having your face painted by the locals (you cannot enter the cave without it). Its also a good idea to wear a hat in the cave (and perhaps gloves if you have them) as there are lots of Bats and they do poop on your head. Its also a great idea to take your own torch, the ones the guides give you may not be that good, and the cave is Pitch Black inside.
If possible, take a wetsiut vest or something that may keep you warm in the water as you will be floating down river for about 45 minutes once you have been through the cave and had lunch. The water is very cold as it is coming from the fresh water springs at the top of the mountain.
The walk to the cave isnt that bad. It is long and rough but if you stick to the path and watch your footing, you will be ok. The trek out is quite tough. You have to climb over large boulders in the river between swimming spots. Once you leave the river, its an "up cliff" climb. Some of the spots are quite hairy and you need to keep focus on your footing. Its definitely not for the faint hearted.
But the experience is well worth it. The scenery is awesome and the adventure value is fantastic. It may be something you only do once in your life..so definitely give it a go.

Visited August 2013
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