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The Secret Garden

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Vanuatu Full Day Cultural Village and Blue Lagoon Tour
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Vanuatu Full Day Cultural Village and Blue Lagoon Tour

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This small-group tour is ideal if you’re seeking a scenic and cultural excursion on Vanuatu when your ship docks in Port Vila. Forget researching the sights or haggling with drivers, and enjoy a pre-arranged itinerary covering Vanuatu’s highlights. See Port Vila, visit a cultural village to experience local traditions, snorkel with turtles at a beach, swim in a natural lagoon, shop for duty-free bargains, and browse a local market.
$85.00 per adult
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joduffield46 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia35 contributions13 helpful votes
We recently visited The Secret Garden, not really knowing what to expect. We were greeted by a lovely lady and then show around the grounds by a man who was very knowledgeable about the surroundings and passionate about what he was doing. It was very interesting to hear about the history of Vanuatu and its culture. We saw some native wildlife eg Fruit Bat and Lizards. All very interesting and informative. Well worth a look.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Stormcloud96 wrote a review Jan 2020
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania15 contributions7 helpful votes
Our bungalow was so amazing and beautiful. They were on top of stuff when we brought up anything (fresh towels, hot water, etc). The place really feels exclusive and like you're in your own world. Definitely recommend staying here. They will help you find anything. The waterfall is a short walk up the road. On site they have a walk with the history and photos and legends from Vanuatu. They also do a traditional culture night where you learn more and they dance and do a big feast.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Sharni_Bartlett wrote a review Dec 2019
18 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed here for four nights and the only positive was the interesting bungalows, the rest was highly disappointing. The staff were drunk and high on kava most of the time when we saw them. We witnessed them change prices depending on how drunk they were and forget if people had paid or ordered because they were so wasted. They charged us 4,000 vatu ($AU50) per person for a small average meal of leftover turkey mixed with cherry tomatoes and a couple of potatoes - an absolute scam. Oh and it took them an hour and a half to prepare it. No housekeeping service, you had to search to find someone who worked there if you needed help, it was nearly impossible to get things like toilet paper if you ran out. Yes, it’s 2 minutes walk from the beach but the beach isn’t really somewhere that you’d want to swim. We asked the owner for some activity or tour recommendations, she just handed us a newspaper and told us to book it online. Very slow WiFi that’s only usable in the bar. Half of the time there were no lights turned on so it was a very dark walk through the jungle to our bungalow. The rooms are hot and sticky, only some power outlets work and it looked as though they’d never cleaned around the furniture as we found piles of dirt, used cotton buds, rubbish and cobwebs. Oh and when we queried a transaction the owner told us she doesn’t know how booking.com works and that booking.com steals money from guests. One word - avoid.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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SamK wrote a review Nov 2019
Melbourne, Australia124 contributions73 helpful votes
I pre-booked Secret Garden for my first week in Port Vila. The bungalow was basic (eg: no fridge or tea/coffee etc) but nice enough. It was a little dark but stayed cool with the fan and we had privacy and quiet. The shower had terrible water pressure and hot water lasts about 1 minute! The pool was lovely, and I enjoyed staying a little out of town in Mele. Getting buses was not an issue at all. We had a nice continental breakfast included but it didn't stop them from trying to upsell us to something from the menu! Food and drinks were pretty pricey (but good specials) and there weren't many people around so we didn't eat many other meals there. The Cultural Centre/Garden is interesting enough but I wouldn't make a special trip. During our stay an important government group was visiting so suddenly the staff were very busy for 2 days tidying up the property and it was much nicer with some attention! (Just too bad guests aren't considered important enough for regular upkeep and basic maintenance). Staff were friendly but sometimes hard to find - like on my last night when I had to get my laundry back (which was still soaking wet even though I told them I was leaving early the next day and checked it would be ready), and the next morning I had been promised a lift to the airport but nobody was around and had to sort myself out at 5am. The Cultural Show & Feast was very good, and I would recommend people to come along for that. Overall I found the pre-booking rate good value for money for Vanuatu, staff were nice and the setting was pleasant. Just don't have high expectations because you'll be disappointed.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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RachAel-Irv wrote a review Oct 2019
Hobart, Australia10 contributions5 helpful votes
Our family visit to the Secret Garden was seriously disappointing. The garden was incredibly run down and gloomy. Some super miserable reptiles were in dirty isolated confines. The playground (the biggest let down) was filthy dirty and every piece of equipment was broken and couldn’t be used. The restaurant was so dark and smoky we couldn’t see across the room. Hefty entry fee and an awful experience. Don’t do it 😞
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Date of experience: October 2019
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