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The Summit Gardens Vanuatu

Devil's Point Road, 20 mins from downtown, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
+678 5660713
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Port Vila
Type: Gardens
Owner description: The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific. Tour THE SUMMIT GARDENS & THE SUMMIT PLANTATION, visit The Essential Oils Distillery, Cafe and... more » Owner description: The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific. Tour THE SUMMIT GARDENS & THE SUMMIT PLANTATION, visit The Essential Oils Distillery, Cafe and Health & Body Shop and more. THE SUMMIT GARDENS have been developed to provide maximum pleasure to the visitor. Opened to the public in November 2011, the 11 named gardens, spread over 10 hectares, are all distinctly different, unfolding as a series of surprises as you follow the meandering pathways and steps. At nearly 200m above sea level, the escarpment garden offers the visitor breathtaking views over Mele Bay. Within the gardens are THE ESSENTIAL OILS DISTILLERY - see how oils from sandalwood, Tahitian lime, mandarin, tangelo, ginger, etc, grown at The Summit are extracted and where our soaps, candles and other health and beauty products are made. Come to THE SUMMIT HEALTH & BODY SHOP for our products MADE IN VANUATU and to THE SUMMIT CAFE for refreshments or lunch and take in more of the wonderful views. ALLOW 2-3 hours for your stay - take a guided tour and lunch or refreshments, or wander around at your leisure for the whole day if you wish. An ADMISSION FEE applies to The Summit Gardens. Your Admission ticket is then valid for up to 14 days. Take The Summit Gardens and/or The Summit Plantation Tour including Port Vila hotel/resort transfers, OR take a taxi, bus, hire car or the Mele Bay Express bus. Do come visit - you won't be disappointed! NEW TOUR - THE SUMMIT PLANTATION TOUR, take a landrover around The Summit Sandalwood Plantations, tour fee applies. ATTENTION: CRUISE SHIP VISITORS - The Summit Gardens are not listed as a SHORE TOURS but you can pre-book through our website, alternatively take a taxi/bus or the Mele Bay Express bus to The Summit Gardens. You will be very pleased you came to visit! « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It is sometime since this visit , but just dreaming today about going back. The the Cafe and the beauty of the garden and the thoughtful design layout......rooms which invite meditation. Walkways that are beautiful, some scented. Just a wonderful array of tropical fruits and flowering plants. The view from the summit makes you wish you could fly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I'm not a garden type but this was a pretty good tour. You got to see a whole lot of different flora, some of which we had seen before and some which was new. I learnt a lot today and so did the kids. We saw plenty of plants but also saw the fragrance laboratory, fruit trees like Pineapple, Paw... More

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi fishinwater, Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed the gardens tour even though you are not a garden type. Yes as you would have seen in the gardens lots of variety of plants but also fruits trees and vegetables. The Summit offers a number of attractions which families like yours... More

Masterton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you like gardens this is a 'must see'. We booked a half day tour from our resort which included transport, tour, approx $6 worth of refreshments and a free soap. The guided tour of the huge garden was great lots of plants pointed out to us by our friendly and knowledgeable guide. Not too much time to dawdle but... More

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi Tracey011, Thank you for the great review you wrote about your visit to The Summit Gardens. Yes we have had a number of comments on Trip Advisor about the harmless huge spiders which are playing their God given role in controlling the insect population in the garden. The gardeners clear out spider webs that are near the foot pathway,... More

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Amazing views and lovely grounds and cafe. Worth spending more time there than just a quick visit, exploring the property etc

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi vilasteak, You probably loved our steak is that why you chose the name vilasteak? Next time you come make sure you spend more time as you can spend a whole day with us admiring the garden with a million dollar view. Regards, Katrina Sali, Head of Tours More

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

$20AUD per person to enter the gardens. There was a tour of the summit gardens and explanation of historical traditions and culture in Vanuatu. The tour wasn't of great value, but the view of the entire bay was well worth the walk. The cafe at the look out and end of the tour was well priced.

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi Grunzy17, Reading your comments you do not sound like you enjoyed your tour, sorry about that. The garden admission fee is $25 per adult not $20 as you mentioned. The tour guides talk more about the plants and how they are used locally, not so much on historical traditions and culture in Vanuatu. But you enjoyed our million dollar... More

Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

These guides know their plants and it was great to walk around with them and have something in common to talk about, not so fussed on the spiders though :-( Bought some lovely shower foam and sandalwood essential oil and other stuff, loved it!

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi Faye G, Great to hear your comment about the guides I totally agree with you the tour guides definitely know their plants they are very knowledgeable and informative. Thank you for buying products hope you can purchase more online when you run out. Thank you also for your visit. Regards, Katrina Sali, Head of Tours More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Another great place to take the children who can play on the grass while the adults linger over their food and drink; taking in the view of the garden and distant harbour.

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi Beth H, You obviously did not do the garden tour but you had food and drinks at the cafe while your children played on the grass. Next time you come back please take a guided tour around the gardens it is a lovely relaxing walk . Either wise thank you for your visit to the cafe. Regards, Katrina Sali,... More

Adelaide Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A rather bumpy drive up to the summit, but worth every bump, friendly tour guide, spectacular views.

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi Barbara S, Thank you for the short and lovely comment. Yes sometimes it is a bumpy ride after a heavy rainfall causing pot holes on the road and once the road is graded then it is a smooth ride.The bumpy ride does take you to The Summit a beautiful place with spectacular gardens and views as you mentioned Barabara... More

Bega, NSW, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My family visited the huge garden and enjoyed ourselves with our friendly, well-informed tour guide. As we have two orchid and plant enthusiasts in our family, the tour guide was frequently under pressure to provide details... and she happily did so! The gardens were largely professionally designed and it's obvious the owners have lavished love and attention on it over... More

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The Summit G, The Summit Garden Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi Karen S, Thank you for taking the time to write this long review on your visit to The Summit Gardens. I am pleased to hear that you fully enjoyed the tour despite the incident at The Summit Café. Patricia the owner of the shop and café would like me to also post her response as below. Hi Karen, My... More

Brisbane Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We visited the Summit Gardens on a recent trip to Vanuatu. Firstly, let me say that while this is a great attraction an interest in gardening and plants goes a long way to making it interesting. Entry cost was 2000VT - about $23AUD. Our tour guide was Katrina and it turned out that the tour business for Summit belongs to... More

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The Summit G, The Summit Gardens Team at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Hi motherandson 1602, You definitely enjoyed your visit to The Summit, thank you for all your lovely comments. If I’m correct there were four of you that visited us that I took on the walk. Yes I own The Summit tour business and the tour guides and ticket booth cashier all receive their income from serving and taking guided tours... More

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