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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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The summit is located about halfway along the escarpment that occurs just off the coast of Mele Bay. The drive up the hill is a challenging concrete track that zig zags is way up, but the view is well worth it at the top. The gardens are divided into a number of themed areas which are well tended and all... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Nice large tropical garden at the top of ridgeline not far from town. Not cheap by Vanuatu standards, but it was a personal guided tour. Many varieties of plants and some lovely views. Cafe was OK and there is a shop selling their natural products, also not cheap. Long steep driveway is likely a challenge for local buses and taxis,... More

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

As it is set up high you get great views across the sea to the town of Port Villa whilst enjoying a great fresh cooked meal in the café. One of the things I would highly recommend whilst in Vanuatu.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This attraction had not opened by the time the last Lonely Planet guide was published. However, if you like pristinely maintained tropical gardens you will love this place. As the name suggests it's atop a hill not far from Vila and has amazing views across Mele Bay and back to Vila. The cafe served great food too and the gift... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A relaxing day strolling in a beautiful garden. The garden design has some inspiration from Bali. I was delighted to see a lap lap plant. We combined it with lunch at the Summit cafe and the Zipline to make it an almost a full day activity.

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timaru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A wonderful leisurely stroll around beautiful, vibrant plantings, skilfully landscaped to capture views, provide secluded meditation spots and display the drama and variety of the tropical plants themselves. The guided tour is well worth it as the guide was able to point out all of the giant spiders - almost as varied and colourful as the flowers!

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Recommend coming for the wonderful views across the bay and out to Hideaway Island. The garden is still being developed but is very interesting and full of colourful flowers. We decided not to take the tour and were very happy wandering around at our own pace. Spent a couple of hours there and it was really enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Beautiful view at high mountains Good food and very pleasant cafe Fantastic soaps and vanuatu made sandawood essence. Its really worthed trip15 min from town

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Warragul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Hired a taxi from town and spent an hour or two on the Summit. Beautiful gardens and nice views. On way back called in at Tanna Coffee place and the Hideaway Island - so it was a good afternoon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The gardens were beautiful and it's great to take colourful photos and observe the huge dangling spiders if you're into that sort of thing but $25 per person to enter a garden is a little pricey - especially when we paid for ziplining as well! The ziplining was lots of fun, and got some great views of the forest. Some... More

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