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The Summit Gardens Vanuatu

Address: Devil's Point Road, 20 mins from downtown | PO Box 1401, Port Vila, Vanuatu, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Phone Number: +678 566 0713
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Port Vila
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific. Tour THE SUMMIT GARDENS, visit The Essential...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific. Tour THE SUMMIT GARDENS, 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 6 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 range of health and beauty products, soaps and candles 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. The Summit Gardens Tour transfers from Port Vila hotel/resort, OR take a taxi, bus or hire car. Do come visit-you won't be disappointed! ATTN: CRUISE SHIP VISITORS - The Summit Gardens are sold on P&O ships only, for all other cruise ships you can pre-book through our website, alternatively take a taxi/bus to The Summit Gardens. You will be very pleased you came to visit!
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a very beautiful place and well worth the visit the cafe and shop are excellent. However don't pay the extra for the tour our guide did not know much about the plants and had to read everything from the piece of paper you get fr free when you pay your entry fee, Nice guy though.

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

What a find, make the effort to take the steep drive, and go early in the morning. Private gardens open to the public, with good facilities. Wonderful orchids to start the tour, and followed by lots of different laid out gardens from around the Pacific, a must!

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Summit Gardens on the 3rd Dec within an hour or less. The gardens and plants were nice and tour guide lady great. However,if we were in Australia, this garden would have been free for visitors. Most plants grow freely in other places in Vanuatu or Fiji. We regretted paying $25 pp for this garden tour. $10 would... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The gardens are beautiful, with a huge variety of plants, many in flower while we were there. Lots of photos! The small cafe served a nice selection (garlic bread, lime meringue tart, brownies for us) and the view is outstanding. You are up high and can see right back across Mele Bay to Vila. Lots more photos! The gardens are... More 

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

Hi TDB007, Thank you for your comment and the five star rating you gave The Summit Gardens. Yes TDB007 a good time to visit the gardens is around December when most of the flowers are in full bloom especially if you are interested in gingers and bulb flowers. As you mentioned “only a skeleton crew on Saturdays” that only applies... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Very nicely kept garden. Friendly staff and a good gift shop to pick up goodies for Christmas gifts.

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

Hi Kimberly H, Thank you for your feedback. Our staff are very friendly but you will find that kind of friendliness everywhere in Vanuatu. I hope you bought lots of Christmas gifts to take back with you as Christmas is just around the corner. Regards, Katrina Sali, Head of Tours More 

Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The gardens were lovely and the guide was very informative. It is a beautiful location above Port Vila and there are stunning views - great photo opportunities. I had lunch at the restaurant, food was tasty.

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

Hi Jampot666, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at The Summit. Yes plenty of things to enjoy the, essential oil distillery, gardens, view and of course lunch at the café and shop at the Health and Body Shop. Thank you for visiting us. Regards, Katrina Sali, Head of Tours More 

Port Vila, Vanuatu
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

You can enjoy the garden with varieties of plants in a beautiful view. You will be accompanied with a guide with a very good knowledge of the plants and their uses. You can feel the freshness from the plants and the smell of the nature itself. A place not to be missed when you visit Vanuatu.

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

Thank you 123456789746 for posting your comment. I guess you are a local resident which we appreciate it when locals give feedback and support us in our business. Please do tell other local residents that have never been to The Summit to come and enjoy the gardens like you did. Regards, Katrina Sali, Head of Tours More 

Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The view is fantastic from the top, but I was hoping for a broader range of plants. I enjoy gardens bit I found the range to be ordinary displaying many common plants. I like the shop and bought a couple of things. The vanilla bean was expensive though and can be purchased cheaper at the duty free inside the airport... More 

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

Hi Bandicoot7, Most reviewers rave about how beautiful the plants are, but you are the only one who is disappointed at the range of plants in our tropical garden. They would seem common to you but to others which many I have taken on tour around the gardens are fascinated by the variety of plants in the gardens. The shop... More 

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

There were beautiful views and gardens and aromatic and healing oils distilled at the site. Our guide had a very good knowledge of all of the plants and their medicinal uses.

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

Hi Rhett Y, As you saw on your tour in the distillery all the essential oils distilled is mixed with other natural and organically grown ingredients sourced from The Summit plantations or from the other islands of Vanuatu to make the health and body products. I hope you bought some at the shop to take home with you as they... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Getting to The Summit can be an adventure in itself, but don't let they put you off. We drove up in a 'normal car' and the drive up was fascinating; it feels as if you will never actually get to the top - sharp bends, amazing views and a sense of achievement when you get to the lovely grounds at... More 

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