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The Secret Garden

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

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 December 2016
Joel D
Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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147 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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
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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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840 reviews
540 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We also were met by Bob in the local markets, and took the flyer from him. It sounded great and we booked in, we took ourselves there as we had a car, and it saved $5 per person. The cultural part was very interesting and well done! Lot's of interesting facts and some tribal dancing! But where it could improve... More 

Thank thejabours
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We were promised a feast. We got hatd meatballs and chicken winglets. This was not a feast of local foods The three stars are for the entertainment only Food very bad

Thank HipsterChooch
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4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Was really looking forward to a melanesian feast but all we got was a few chicken wings and stirfry. Nothing traditional about it. There was hardly any food to go around and definitely not worth the money. Traditional dancers were good but I was soo hungry by this stage I couldn't even focus. We got picked up late so it... More 

Thank Shaleshni S
Charters Towers, Australia
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We booked into the night time show & dinner are are so very glad we did. My family (6 of us) were in Vanuatu to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday and wanted somewhere special and different to celebrate his milestone. I recommended the as an option after reading about it in the Resort we were staying at and everyone agreed... More 

Thank Debra D

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