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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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Where to start. Walked into the cafe and was welcomed by warm friendly staff. Had a sumptuous veggie curry and then onto the gardens. It was just beautiful and the views... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Prue P
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Where to start. Walked into the cafe and was welcomed by warm friendly staff. Had a sumptuous veggie curry and then onto the gardens. It was just beautiful and the views breathtaking. An amazing and tranquil place to visit. Cannot recommend it enough.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens, breathtaking views. Action sports for those who dare. Gift shop full of locally produced products with all proceeds put back in to developing the property

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fabulous views out over Port Vila plus extensive tropical gardens with self-guiding map made for a delightful afternoon. Also fascinating was the essential oils distillery. Bought some chemical-free insect repellent: effective and has a great smell:) We didn't realise that there was a cafe there so took our own picnic. If we were to go again we would eat in... More 

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Muscat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped there for lunch after ziplining. Food was good, friendly service and gardens were great with good views.

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

HI SamsinTyrone, Thank you for your review of The Summit Gardens. We are pleased you took the opportunity to have a meal and refreshments at The Summit Cafe after your Zipline activity, a great way to 'come down' and relax. More of those great views over Mele Bay can be found from the Summit Cafe & Gift Shop as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before I went I saw this place cost entry. But it was free due to the previous cyclone that had hit. Reading reviews from January it said it was nice. We went and it was beautiful. Absolutely loved it. Was with my Mum who loves flowers so many varieties we had not seen.

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

Dear Awesometripmaster, Thank you so much for visiting The Summit Gardens with your Mum and for taking time to review us. We are thrilled you both loved wandering along the pathways of the Terrace and Escarpment Gardens through to The Woods. We hope you saw the Forrest Walk too. We don't think visitors necessarily have to be 'into' gardening but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did a tour by Segway, was interesting to see sandalwood and cinnamon trees, great views across Vila, cafe was OK and bought some oils that are distilled on site, we're quite expensive.

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

Hi VickyS Thanks for your visit to The Summit Vanuatu. There are a number of separate businesses located at this destination including The Summit Gardens, The Summit Cafe & Gift Shop as well as the Vanuatu Jungle Zipline and Magic Mountain Segway Tours. The later two are different operators but are pleased you got the opportunity to go through the... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Framed by spectacular views this historic garden is charming and tranquil in a rather "I am growing really quickly" tropical way. All kinds of tropical specimens, not just Vanuatu plants. This was. Interesting but I was frustrated by the lack of identification tags /labels on the plants. Many times I would like to have known what I was looking at... More 

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

Dear elmirelys, Thank you for visiting The Summit Gardens and taking time to review us. We are pleased you found it to be a tranquil garden to visit. If I could correct you though, we are not an 'historic' garden, nor a botanical garden but a private garden established in 2000 starting with hardscaping of the escarpment and terraces which... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wandered around after hours (with official blessing) - beautiful plants, great views but no plant info...ie what's that tree....Uh, I don't know...looks a bit like a ...! Great spiders, tough webs, no wonder they were used as fishing line!!..cool for arachnophiles like us!!! Interesting road up to the summit...just stay on the concrete track folks!

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Thank Bill_Draper53
The Summit G, Public Relations Manager at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review

Dear Bill_Draper53, Thank you for visiting The Summit Gardens and your review. The gardens are open everyday 9am-4pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday, then outside these hours are for the property owners to enjoy, and their dogs, who you met. The Summit Gardens are a pleasure garden, not a botanical garden hence no signage on plants. It is an... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must visit. Gives great perspective of the area. Nice place for lunch or a coffee. Also bought some cosmetic and therapeutic products.

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

Dear AlanG, Thank you for visiting The Summit Gardens and your review. Yes, we think it is the best panoramic views of Vila too! It is great seeing the cruise ships come into port through the heads and Mele Bay or just seeing the wide skies meeting the sea, fabulous. Thank you for having a meal and refreshments at The... More 

Naracoorte, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a taxi here instead of a local bus and were glad we did as the road up is VERY steep. Was a very peaceful 45 minute slow walk through the gardens. The day we went was overcast and smokey so the view was slightly obscured but on a clear day it would be fantastic. No admittance fee at the... More 

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

Hi KG, Thank you for visiting The Summit Gardens and taking time to review us. Using a taxi is a good option, please ensure you negotiate a price to include waiting time. Local buses as a rule don't come up to The Summit Gardens as they tend to do the town route but visitors may get a 'local' bus from... More 

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