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The Summit Gardens Vanuatu

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Address: Devil's Point Road, 20 mins from downtown, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Phone Number: +678 566 0713
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific recovering well after...

The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific recovering well after Cyclone Pam in March 2015, the panoramic views from The Summit are stunning. Visit THE SUMMIT GARDENS for FREE, view health & body products being made at The Essential Oils Distillery, Cafe and Health & Body Gift Shop, DAY SPA 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 based on Sandalwood, soaps and candles are made. The Gardens were devastated during Cyclone Pam on Friday 13 March 2015. Since re-opening in August 2015, admission to the gardens is free and must remain so until they recover their former glory and world class status, and we wanted to share this journey with you. However, costs for rehab and garden team wages are ongoing. We believe in Trade not Aid... So if you want to help us going forward, please call into The Summit Gift Shop after your garden stroll and choose your favourite Made in Vanuatu skincare products, 100% Tropical Vanuatu Inspired, 100% Natural & Sandalwood Based. All net proceeds from the shop go to cover the costs of restoring The Summit Gardens. And remember, our products carry a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Come 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 leisure walk and lunch or refreshments, or wander around at your leisure for the whole day if you wish! Enjoy a Walk at the Rainforest or Dare the Canyon Ride (Admission Fee applies), or do the Segway Tour (Admission Fee applies) BUT Remember, there's NO ADMISSION FEE to visit and to enjoy The Summit Gardens for now! You can come by bus, by your own car, by your transport. Do come visit-you won't be disappointed! ATTN: Air Vanuatu/ Virgin Blue / Air Caledonia / Fiji Airways / CRUISE SHIP VISITORS & Everyone - To Visit The Summit Gardens is FREE! Explore, Discover, Dine & Shop in the Clouds! If you're feeling adventurous, dare the Canyon Ride or do the Segway tour! ADMISSION FEE APPLIES to both these tours.

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Lovely views

Very pleasant walk through the gardens with views over the sea. Cafe food issues delicious. You'll need to organise for a bus/taxi to take you there and negotiate a price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Angela M
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very pleasant walk through the gardens with views over the sea. Cafe food issues delicious. You'll need to organise for a bus/taxi to take you there and negotiate a price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

By chance we found the gardens on a rainy day. We had a hire car se we braved the steep road up. And so glad we did. Well worth a visit when in Vanuatu. One of the only Free attractions and really worth a look. The private garden and rainforest walks were beautiful and the view over port vill was... More 

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Hunter Valley, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

we hired a bus for the morning and it was a bit of a struggle to get up the hill, but once we got there it has the most magnificent views. A wonderful cafe and the gardens are stunning

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Thank olwynnash
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My visit to the summit gardens was beautiful. The staff were very helpful and the location is amazing. There are the most beautiful flowers and the view is incredible. Definitely a must see when you come to Port Vila.

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Thank Catherine T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were welcomed through the cafe doors and given a Little talk about the gardens, it's features and then provided with a map. The kids loved it! So many winding pathways to explore and jump out at the unsuspecting grandparents!!! The view out across Mele is simply stunning from the summit. We were told that the gardens have not yet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I hired a bus driver and came to visit the Summit for the morning, it is such a beautiful place and lunch afterwards was great, excellant local products you can buy there too!!

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Thank Cassie W
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful place this is!! Gorgeous gardens with a huge variety of amazing and unusual plants, spectacular views and delightful garden seats scattered around the gardens boasting artistic mosaic patterns. Our tour guide told us that the gardens are still in progress of repairs and replanting of all the damage affected areas after Cyclone Pam. To this stage, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are as good as any botanic gardens, though the plants lack information labels. The walkway that threads through the various areas is immaculately maintained and the views over Mele Bay are outstanding. The road to the gardens is rather steep in places and that's an understatement. Most of the local buses probably couldn't get up the path from... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a very steep drive up to the Summit Gardens, you are rewarded with magnificent views and some lovely gardens to discover by following an easy walking path. It does have a few steps here and there but a very relaxing walk. Then there is the cafe where you can purchase beautiful locally made soaps and lotions after enjoying a... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens here are gorgeous and nice a cool on a hot day. Don't make the mistake I did - book a cab or something similar to wait for you - I nearly ended up stranded, luckily the staff noticed I was alone and asked a church group to give me a lift :)

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The Summit G, Public Relations Manager at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Dear Tashy41, Thank you so much for visiting The Summit Gardens and your review. We are so pleased your weren't stranded here too! As you found, the staff are very friendly and helpful and will make safe alternative arrangements, it was great that you got the opportunity to talk to and learn a bit more about the local Ni-vanuatu people... More 

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