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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 #4 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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Masterton, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Knowledgeable and informative guide. Great views, steep road up to the gardens but well worth the trip. Nice lunch, recommend the sugar cane drink.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Really enjoyed these gardens. We did a guided walk around with a lovely girl . Amazing views & beautiful plants. Well worth a visit...

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

Hi Seq100, Thank you for posting this review on Trip Advisor. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour around the gardens. The tour guides are always helpful and enjoy their job in guiding visitors around the garden. Regards, Katrina Sali, Head of Tours More

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