OK, we are two 30-something travellers who prefer "wow and wacky" over "sedate and sensible", so when the idea of walking around a garden was suggested by our hotel concierge we nodded politely and thought 'not in a month of sundays'. However, having done most of the other attractions on the island, we thought we would give it a try. What a WONDERFUL surprise it was! Outstanding views and beautiful plants were brought to life by our guide who told us all about the gardens' history and future, and answered all our questions about the gardens, the plants and Vanuatu in general. The views from the gardens are pretty wow and enjoyed even more over a local beer and a wonderful meal at the cafe at the gardens. You wouldn't believe how good the food was - yet another welcome surprise! The shop full of scented candles and cosmetics was full of wonderfully tempting things (making my suitcase quite a bit heavier on the homeward journey!), but there was no pressure to buy or even look if you didn't want to. I would recommend the Summit Gardens to EVERYONE coming to Vanuatu - young or old, boring or bold. We got there on the Mele Bay Express. TIP: remember your sunscreen and insect repellant.
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