Once you jump on board the boat to go over to Oyster Island (3 minute trip) the stress simply washes off. The Island is very peaceful, the service was nice, no mozzies(!), and the rooms comfortable.
I loved the outside shower/bathroom! As other reviewers have mentioned the ghekkos leave their droppings randomly but hey... big deal. Not.
The balcony directly outside the bungalows was protected and included steps down directly into the water which was clean (apart from a few leaves from the shade of the trees near the edge) and inviting. A lovely place to sit comfortably with a glass of champers and watch the sun go down in the evening.
It was a great place to base myself to visit Champagne Beach and the Blue Holes, which in my travels are up on the top of the list for the clarity of water and sensational swimming conditions. Unfortunately I didn't get to to the Mount Hope Waterfall drifting down the river which sounds awesome as I was only there for 1.5 days and ran out of time.
The Santo locals are amazing people, very friendly and welcoming who live very simply. 1.5 days was definitely not long enough and could have easily spent a lot longer. Next trip will spend less time in Efate, Port Vila (I was there for three days) and use it only as a hopping island to Tanna if needed as Santo (you can fly direct) was far more beautiful. The island of Tanna will be also included next time to see the active volcano and everything else I believe it has to offer.
No TV, which was fantastic. Free wireless available in the waterside dining area.
Great place for everyone, nothing snobbish about it, and an uncomplicated and relaxing holiday all round.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Oyster Island Hotel Luganville
- Oyster Island Resort Vanuatu/Luganville