We've just got home from 7 days on Tranquillity Island Resort, and we loved it. I'd love to go back! A beautiful spot. Gorgeous clear water and a private, quiet, laid back style. We went as a family with two teen children, and decided to do the scuba dive course while there... a wonderful decision. It opened up a completely new world and was a lot of fun. The best parts of the island, for us included.... (points here are in no particular order)
* The location - fares set on the beach front, but private from others with trees and 20-30m between each fare
* It's natural and hidden. The fares and resort are almost totally hidden from view until you are quite close approaching the island from the water.
* The scuba diving - Carol and Andy took us through the PADI open water diver certificate. They have both been diving for many years (20+?), and so we always felt like we were in the best hands. They made the learning fun and easy. Thanks so much. It was a great family thing to do, and we had a lot of laughter plus seeing the amazing coral, fishes, and even a couple of turtles. And we know there are lots more dive sites that we didn't get time to explore too.
* Carol and Andy - the Managers. I can't speak highly enough of this couple. They are wonderful. Although they only came to the Island 3 weeks ago, you'd never know - they seem to know pretty much everything! They are relaxed, fun, and extremely capable with a lot of eco and resort managing and dive experience, plus hands on practical skills (Andy can fix anything).
* The other guests - we all (probably 10-12 people at max while we were there) ate together at the 'beach house' around a long wooden table, which was a lot of fun and it was great getting to know some wonderful other like minded guests who were great company. But then, we also had our own private fares and the things we wanted to do during the days.
* The Turtle Sanctuary - a wonderful and humbling endeavour... very sad to see these amazing and beautiful creatures so threatened. We take our hats off to the wonderful work they are doing on the island, and we tried to do our little bit in sponsoring one of the turtles ready for release back to the ocean (aka squirtle). Thanks.
*The fare views... loved the privacy and views. But note that it is very simple accommodation. It is an eco resort. So if you need a few luxuries, then this may not be the right resort for you. It was right for us, especially in getting the kids to experience a basic and eco approach.
* The eco approach - really appreciate the approach to building and running the resort in a way to minimise impact and support a natural environment. It was a relief to be away from the thoughtless and commercial focus of typical resorts.
* Lots of activity options - we were busy scuba diving. But there were plenty of other choices... exploring the island, walking to other beaches, taking Tanna (the resort guide dog) walking with you - so he would guide you home; a sailing trip on the ketch, kayaking, taking an overnight camp out on an isolated beach, snorkling, reading... or just chilling.
If you do decide to go, make sure you take a few essentials like torches (a head torch was great), coral slippers/shoes for walking on parts of beach/shallows, sunblock, insect repel (not that there were hardly any mossies), and a good book. It is basic and simple - which is exactly what we wanted. But if you are someone who needs a few more luxuries and comforts then it may not be the place for you.
Thanks Carol and Andy for making it such a wonderful trip. The kids both said when we left, this is one of the best holidays we've ever had. And Terry and I agree. Thanks!
Jo & Terry.
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