Stayed in a two bedroom apartment, adequate, old building that has been "renovated". No cook top, BBQ outside on verandah. Beds are perfect. Found spiders inside the bedrooms and the beds, don't think this place has been sprayed to avoid bugs coming inside. Bathroom adequate, again it has been "renovated". Big enough, clean enough. There are some dvd's, beach towels, picnic backpack, some cable television. No air conditioning, no ceiling fans, just one portable fan, which can be a problem as it can get quite hot. There is no mobile reception in the island. There is a public phone next to pandanus restaurant. There also is free wireless in the restaurant. There is no pool in the place, so if you need to cool down you have to go to the beach, which at times, due to the hill it seemed like a chore.
The manager picked us up from the airport and offered rides to places if needed, however it felt more like protocol rather than she really wanted to help so we stack to the bikes.
Because of the weather we were in our cabin a lot and other people NOT the manager suggested things to do, I thought this was a shame. We missed carols near church as we didn't know they were on. We only found out about the museum as an option on a rainy day, thanks to the Pandanus restaurant manager; We found out about Santa on Ned's beach from the hair dresser next door to our accommodation. When we got there we realised people from other resorts got a lift in the mini buses, however we didn't, and had to ride our bikes in the rain while pandanus mini bus sat on the driveway.
It was no secret we had small children, it was no secret it rained a LOT of the time we were there, however we felt we were left to our own devices. A little bit of help and friendliness would have been appreciated. The couple of times we got rides it seemed like a favour more than customer service.
The place is at the top of a hill (somehow no one told us this!), everyone told us we should hire bikes but with two small children we ended up walking the bikes up the hill. If you have small kids or are travelling with an elderly person I would hire a car (there are about 5 for hire in the island so get in quickly).
The island is truly a gorgeous place, but be warned if it's raining (which it was for 4 out of 7 days we were there!) there is nothing else to do. No cinemas, no shopping centre. The only place to go to is the Museum which is very interesting but not very amusing for small kids.
The weather in the island can be unpredictable (something no one told us before we got there either!) However it is a beautiful place.
Everyone talks about feeding the fish, and yes it's a fun thing to do and it's pretty cool, the kids loved it. Weather providing, there are plenty of beaches to choose from.
This is a strange place where only a few people own most of the businesses, one guy owns the bike hire and car hire, another owns the cafe and a "hotel", and so on. Someone must be making a lot of money, however most services seem to be ran down and average, food is extremely expensive, because there is not a lot of competition (only 3 stores, payed 9 dollars for a jar of vegemite!!). Service is awful, people seem to have an attitude and a sense of "you should be thankful we allowed you in here". It seems to me that in the islander's quest to pocket in money they're running the island down to the ground. We were told by several people that there is a drinking problem in the Island, not surprised. We were also told that people who try to open businesses or come up with new ideas are quickly silenced by the "board of islanders" (more like mafia to me), Islanders don't want new people or businesses coming along because then there is more people to share the cake with. To be able to own a property you need to marry an islander and even people that live and work in the island, aren't considered to be islanders and are discriminated upon by the "original" residents. For a heritage listed place all these retrograde politics seem like a lot of rubbish and very BAD press. It's a real shame that this is the way this place is being managed.....if it continues it will eventually die, I would imagine it's already happening, you just need to look at the state of the facilities. The place looks neglected. What a shame.