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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
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Unfortunately it rained the day we visited this place. Could see how beautiful it would of been if 5he weather was better. But we all need rain. Only problem was, the distillery... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Entry is currently free while they recover from the damage caused by cyclone Pam. Despite this, the gardens are in a very good condition and well worth the visit. Transport is a bit tricky as their is no set tour bus to the gardens and you will need to negotiate a return trip with a local bus driver. We found... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately it rained the day we visited this place. Could see how beautiful it would of been if 5he weather was better. But we all need rain. Only problem was, the distillery is closed on weekends & public holidays.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had heard about this place and while we had a hire car we decided to go there. The most difficulty is trying to locate it as it is poorly sign posted which is a shame. Its quite a climb on a steep and winding road and I can understand the reluctance of the many small "buses" not wanting to... More 

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite being ravaged by last year's cyclone, this garden is a Jewell and is not to be missed. We spent 2 hours wandering along the paths and exploring and marvelling at plants, the colours, the design features, the quirky statues and masonry, the fusion of formal and informal. Everything grows in this amazing environment and it is clear this garden... More 

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I went when it was poring with rain. Our bus (van) couldn't make it up and we ended up walking up the very steep hill in the rain. We didn't mind, it was part of the fun! When we got there we were greeted by Carl who was lovely, as were the other staff. The food was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Summit Gardens are certainly worth a visit but I would advise going with a tour or if travelling on your own then have a driver wait for you. The road up is very steep and slippery if it's raining. Signage is not good but just follow the signs to the zip line and you will get there. The winding... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately it started raining when we arrived and proceeded to bucket down so we didn't get to see the gardens. The shop is very small and super expensive, I'm not sure who would buy anything from here - $10 for a small bar of soap!

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Woodside, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite being ravaged by Cyclone Pam in 2015, this 6 hectares of garden are bouncing back brilliantly. The gardens are great and the views are breathtaking. Well a visit for the whole family.

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely lunch with fantastic views. Great selection of local products to buy in the shop. Gardens were great to have a nice quiet stroll around.

Thank melk1975
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss these gardens. Of all the gardens in the surrounding countries, these are the best! It's all the more amazing as the gardens were devastated by Hurricane Pam only a year ago. There is a long, lush path with beautifully kept plant beds offering up spectacular views of the coastline. Many of the plants are well labelled. The gift... More 

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