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The Secret Garden

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Address: Mele, Efate, Vanuatu
Phone Number:
+678 26222

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Hidden Oasis

Discovered this hidden gem on a drive around the island. Stopped for a coffee and some lunch..... what a surprise an amazing two storey thatched restaurant full of quirky features... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by here in the late afternoon. Beautiful gardens and our guide was very informative. The food was good as well.

Thank Wensham
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Discovered this hidden gem on a drive around the island. Stopped for a coffee and some lunch..... what a surprise an amazing two storey thatched restaurant full of quirky features not least of all amazing timber tables and lounges to stretch out on to enjoy the tropical surroundings, On further exploration of the property we found delightful cabins set amongst... More 

Thank Littlefloss
Braidwood, Australia
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Whilst the gardens were quite beautiful and the buildings very interesting, we didn't get the tour we expected. Obviously this tourist spot plays to the visitors from the cruise ships. There was no cultural show, just a wander around the garden where you could read masses of information about the history of Vanuatu, not the gardens. We saw a couple... More 

Thank sally d
Frankston, Australia
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Very informative and interesting especially the coconut crabs, they are huge and can do some serious damage.Beautiful landscape and interesting to see the customs of the Ni Vanuatu people.

Thank Dennis A
Montreal, Canada
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147 reviews
78 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

As soon as we arrived on our cruise ship excursion, we were announced with a conchshell greeting. There is an entry fee for those who just arrive there on their own accord and not by a cruise ship excursion. Our guide, Mark, presented himself in "traditional" costume. He lead us through a covered area in which there was a wall... More 

Thank Joel D
Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

An interesting view of how the locals lived in early settlement showing the drums they used to call everyone the tribal dancing.

Thank Anne17102013
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived with a cruise so time was limited. We've got in the Secret Garden in the morning. We were taken through the garden by our guide who was polite, nice and funny. Unfortunately we saw no coconut crab. 😣 but a nice boa only 😊. It was handed to us so we could touch it. It was great. The... More 

Thank Gabor J
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Located just outside Port Vila, this tourist spot has it all....in writing. All of the legends, customs, folklore, carvings. They are all here. In informational sign boards. The garden is short on actual exhibits. If you have the time (meaning hours), you can read all the sign boards and become an expert on Vanuatu culture. But you could also do... More 

Thank dmittleman
Montreal, Canada
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

My friends and I were backpacking in Vanuatu. On a cloudy day, we decided to look for an activity and reviews on tripadvisor were mixed. We now get it. Definitely a tourist trap! Yes we did learn some of the islands history, but they simply printed out some Wikipedia pages and stapled them over walls... It's not worth the money!

Thank VaMa123
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Overall disappointing...Our highlight was going to Epike School and speaking with the teachers and students and the delightful vistas on the north of the island. Not all the attractions advertised were visited. Lunch was not the promised bbq, just a small piece of minute steak, sausage & some salad. Our final point of call was The Secret Garden and we... More 

Thank Jennie G

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