Overall Oyster Islands is one of the most relaxing paces we have ever stayed with the most delicious cuisine. We will be back.
This was our second trip back to Vanuatu and need I say we will be back again and again. We flew into Santo beginning our holiday at Oyster Island. Arriving at the airport itself was an experience as we had traveled with many musicians for the music festival the following weekend. The locals got wind of their arrival and put on a traditional welcome and custom dance so it made us feel a little special too. Our pre organised transport was waiting and was an air conditioned very new vehicle - pacific tours by memory. We drove approx 20 minutes on a well made road, (the road has now been made all the way up to Port Olry) and arrived at a little make shift ferry point with an empty gas cylinder hanging in prime position. The driver walked to the cylinder tapping it making a gonging sound that rippled and rung over the water to inform the resort's boat master we had arrived.
A short journey on the palm leaf roofed pontoon took us across the lagoon towards Oyster Island. With the view of the restaurant and bungalows perched by the blue green water we knew we had arrived at paradise. Greeted with a welcome drink we were quickly made comfortable and at home.
ROOMS - We chose to stay in bungalow 11 due to other comments on trip advisor and personally I would have chosen any of them. Number 6 to 9 are particularly gorgeous with the best outlook, I thought. All other bungalows had just as good out look also of the lagoon. Number 11 does have the most privacy but is a fair walk to and fro and is a little stuck in the marshes at low tide (how ever we did not experience any mosquitoes). The rooms are clean perfectly sized with a fridge, kettle (coffee was rock solid from the humidity), fan, hammock, balcony and en suite bathroom. Cleaning tended to daily with fresh towels and flowers the rooms provided a very comfortable stay.
FOOD - Yum Yum Yum The cooks provided some of the most delicious meals I have ever eaten. Our first stay on Vanuatu was Tanna island and the food was not worthy of mentioning BUT here at Oyster Island evening meals were special, well priced and better than many restaurants back in Australia (evening meal average price $18 - $27). You must try the Organic Tanna beef, cooked to perfection ( I can still taste it). Lunches were light and simpler, yum all the same and averaged around $10 - $14. Breakfast provided was toast (home made bread), fruit and coffee really nothing more was required.
BAR- At your service from 8 am till approx 9/10pm. Friendly entertaining attendants. Drinks are similar prices as Australia $4.50 for a beer.
WHAT TO DO- Oyster Islands offers a good position mid way to all the main attractions. A taxi ride into town is about $8 and at times the staff are going in and wiling to give you a lift. The best days activity is kicking back, k yacking and snorkeling the many colorful lagoons and pockets around the islands shores. We could have spent the whole time doing just this but had to spread our wings a little, as you do. K yacks in good order, and like anywhere best to take your own snorkeling gear, its a personal tool.
Trip to the blue lagoon by k yack is and an awesome journey and not to be missed. Easy enough to do yourself with reasonable fitness.
ON THE GRAPE VINE - I hear oyster island can be a bit more pumpy around sailing season (mid year I think) when the yachties come in. This would be a fun teasing time to go, hearing every ones stories and I have heard they often escort people back to their yachts for a drink if your lucky.
It was unfortunate in a small way we went to oyster island whist the main managers were on annual leave and the main guide was at a wedding else where on the island which meant we missed the opportunity to meet them proper and have all the information at hand. Mark was our host and should be commended as he had only arrived himself 2 weeks earlier.
Mark made our stay at Oyster Island. He is a natural at being a host and a very comical intelligent man, he is a kiwi but don't hold that against him. The tour information in the rooms could be improved along with the tour information at the bar ( I mentioned this on leaving and It was on their agenda as priority as they are keen as punch to make your stay memorable)
I cant praise the staff enough, everything we asked for they accommodated. They are friendly, trustworthy and fun. The only leaving comment I would leave for managment is I would have loved to experience more of the culture and ni vanuatu at the resort. It is their culture we go to see when traveling over seas and one of the best experiences I have ever had in Vanuatu was staying at White grass resort and being able to wander down to the lagoon and join in with the locals and their children. I learnt so much that trip. I believe a fine balance of relaxation and privacy can be met whilst experiencing the ni vanuatu culture before it is lost. There is plenty of area on the island where the children could play creating a friendly work environment for the employees and sharing their culture with the visitors.
Keep up the great work in providing one of the most perfect locations to stay:)
yumi catch up soon, we missim vanuatu:) Shaz and Moose
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a private 25 hectare island just 2 minutes crossing from the mainland. Oyster Island Resort resides within a Marine Reserve, abundant in marine and wild life. Sandy beaches, tropical rainforest, coral reefs and war plane wrecks make for fantastic snorkelling. Bungalows line the waters edge, each with private decks or patio's, enjoying stunning views out over the calm lagoon waters. Family Vila allow room for parents and children to enjoy the large grounds and gardens and are set off the water for safety. Skilled Chefs serve the very best of local and western cuisine from our waterfront restaurant. Only 20 minutes from the airport and township. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oyster Island Hotel Luganville
- Oyster Island Resort Vanuatu/Luganville