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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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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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Beautiful place to visit

We visited The Summit Gardens recently. It is a wonderful place to spend some time wandering the amazing gardens and have lunch. The best view of Port Villa from here. Lunch was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Toowoomba, Australia
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Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited The Summit Gardens recently. It is a wonderful place to spend some time wandering the amazing gardens and have lunch. The best view of Port Villa from here. Lunch was great and very reasonable compared to places in town. The sandalwood products are great, I bought the face scrub and it's the best I have ever used. Lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The trip up the hill was scary but the view is amazing. Good cafe at the top, shame we had eaten as the menu was good

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Thank FiandAsh
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I did not know much about the Summit Gardens but what an incredible garden.Each corner was an 'Oh look at that' and amount of effort to keep the gardens in pristine condition, is very impressive. The views are wonderful even on a grey day. The Staff were so informative and friendly we really enjoyed our visit. The shop has an... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful views. The gardens are amazing... Easy walking trails.. A must do. Staff are so lovely, the literature explains the plants wonderfully. Thank you.

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Thank BernnHell
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on a school trip to Vanuatu and one of the days we went up to the summit garden to look around and go zip lining. The locals at the cafe were very friendly and made our group feel very welcome, however did not like the french lady running the cafe she was very rude to our group as... More 

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

Dear EmilyO, Thank you for your feedback from your visit to The Summit Gardens and we hope you took the opportunity to wander through the gardens whilst the majority in your large school group did the Vanuatu Jungle Zipline which is adjacent to The Summit Cafe & Gift Shop. Yes, our local Ni-Vanuatu staff are very friendly, welcoming people. The... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Contrary to what a few have said, it's not too difficult to get up to the gardens. The road is steep but concreted and not difficult. It's certainly worth the trip. The views from the cafe and other spots through the gardens are wonderful, but the real attraction are the gardens themselves. They are world-class. When we visited, admission was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The views were incredible, and the gardens themselves were a joy to navigate, but the drive up is only really manageable for four-wheel drives. Particularly after wet weather, DO NOT attempt to make your way up in a smaller car. I believe the gardens offer a commute service as part of an experience package - that is probably recommended, unless... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must say our Vanuatu friends are not that great at marketing. The gardens are so lovely and so special and yet so undersold. It is just lovely up there, however, the sign posting or promotional material is very scant..

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

Hi AnneC, Many thanks for visiting The Summit Gardens and your feedback. Regarding your comments about marketing, we do not have a lot of funds available for media advertising given that admission is now FREE to the gardens. We rely heavily on positive Trip Advisor reviews and word of mouth such as your lovely comments. However, we do have a... More 

Neuchatel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are free for the moment, because Pam destroyed part of their trees. Still, the place is beautiful, and the view on the bay is amazing! The manager and all the staff are welcoming and very friendly. Offer your stomach a lunch special, as it is worth the try!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not normally something we'd all agree to do, but glad we did. Peaceful and well worth the effort. Not so greatif its raining.

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