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Oyster Island Resort
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The snorkelling at Midway beach, an easy 10 min walk, was absolutely brilliant. the coral was gorgeous and the fish plentiful and colourful. The kayak trip up to the Blue Hole took about 45 min to get there. It is amazing just how blue it is, and the trip back, for me was a highlight. So peaceful.

The breakfast had the best coffee of the 3 places we stayed in, and there was fresh fruit every day and island baked bread. Other meals were good. I wasn't well one day, and they provided me with some chicken soup. great service. I had a massage and it was excellent. The managers were in general extremely helpful, in trying to make our stay great. there were plenty of tours if that is what you want.

Now, why not for everyone? Well, one night I awoke to see a crab high up on the wall. Another night a crab was in the bathroom. We had an outdoor shower (2 shower heads and just great), and the crab was walking along the top. there were lizards and geckos too.

We had a bamboo bungalow, and the room was fine; the huge bathroom with outdoor shower was great. One minor issue was that there weren't any drawers, and so we had to leave our clothes in our suitcases. When the tide came in, it was a bit loud; like being in a washing machine, as another guest said. But it wasn't too bad, and by the 3rd night high tide was later in the morning and wasn't waking us up. Our soap in the basin disappeared, and we each thought the other had used it up. But the next morning we knew we hadn't because two cakes went missing. We thought it was funny but not everyone would like the idea of rats stealing the soap. However, it won't take long before they are all caught and dealt with. Basically, we would still recommend the Oster Island resort. The staff are great, the food was good and the snorkelling was the best

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had a great 7 nights at Oyster Island and it was a good base for exploring Santo and just hanging out at the resort. The staff was very professional - the general managers were usually around to chat during meals and were genuinely interested in how we doing, any problems we've had, or if we needed any help planning an activity. The restaurant was quite good and reasonably priced for an island resort. The rooms were clean and had a nice view of the water. We were assaulted by mosquitoes sometimes, but some repellant and the resort-provided mosquito coils seemed to help. The snorkeling around the island was fantastic - there's a huge shelf coral garden, a small WWII plane wreck, and lots of fish. The staff was happy to organize a few trips (champagne beach, million dollar point, blue hole) for us. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Higher room numbers are a bit farther of a walk from the restaurant, but are much more private.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Port Vila or prefer a more untouched resort experience ...get yourself to Espiritu Santo and do yourself a favour and choose Oyster Island! We have both done a lot of travel and agreed hands down that this was the best 10 days we have ever experienced.
Firstly, Santo is just so stunning you need to wear your sunglasses ....the sand is so white, the water so blue and the rainforest so lush and green...it is truly a place where the rainforest meets the sea. The blue holes and Champagne Beach were just a couple of highlights. Oyster Island has managed to encapsulate this laid back, natural beauty in their eco style resort. We stayed in the deluxe bamboo bungalows which were just gorgeous, made of bamboo and coral with large decks perfect for swinging in the hammock and sipping champagne with friends watching the fish swim below.
The food was fantastic and varied enough to suit adults and children and not feel like you were eating the same thing for the duration. The steak, mud crab and whole fish was a highlight. But hands down the highlight and what will keep us coming back are the beautiful staff. From housekeeping to the restaurant staff to the labourers, they were all so friendly, accommodating and happy , it was lovely just laying on the beach listening to them talk and laugh together as they worked. We chose to have our wedding while on Oyster and we cant begin to praise how stress free and perfect they made our big day. The GM Olly organised everything via just a few emails before we left Australia and we basically just turned up on the day and had the most incredibly special day imaginable ...Olly and the staff went to so much trouble to make it extra special and it is something we will never forget. We travelled in a group of 13 including 7 children aged from 3 to 16 and the resort is fantastic for kids. It is very safe and our kids swam, paddled and fished all day. The staff are great with the kids keeping an eye on them so the parents can all relax and treating them to boat rides and teaching them about all the different fish. It is clear that Olly and David treat their staff well, you can tell they enjoy working in the resort and this creates the warm welcoming atmosphere that will keep us coming back for more.
We could go on for ages but basically if you prefer to get away from the cookie cutter resort style holiday and experience stunning natural beauty and amazing people then Oyster Island should be on your list.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

What a bliss full resort- great and welcoming staff, highly professional but non less a very familiar host couple looked after us and provided the perfect atmosphere, service as well as excellent food. We will be back!

Room Tip: We did not sleep there, but visited Oyster Island Resort several times during the day together with...
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had 5 days here and loved it. Our bungalow was one of the original ones and was still great accommodation, clean and comfortable with a nice little balcony to sit and daydream on. The restaurant was fabulous - my husband is still raving about the steak. The bread (made on the premises) was amazing too - especially the flat bread for wraps. Friendly staff and great service. The Managers paid great attention to all that went on - were welcoming and really established the friendly atmosphere. We would recommend Oyster Island to anyone - it is great for couples and families in fact people of all ages. Lots to do or not do - whatever you wish.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Our favorite accommodation in a month's travelling around New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Fiji: a private island with a bungalow on the water (though not on the beach) and an open-air bar-restaurant with a thatched roof. It's no 5-star resort, but the staff are friendly, the food & drinks are good, and the bungalows are cute. It's great value.

Unfortunately, given the name of the place, oysters were unavailable due to over-fishing, but I (an oyster lover) soon got over that thanks to the place's many other charms. The night we arrived was a buffet night. The food was passable, but the local string band was the highlight of our trip. We spent a morning back in Port Vila hunting down CDs of this tradition. (Sadly the band that played had no CDs.)

We kayaked to the Blue Hole one day, drove up the coast to Champagne Beach & Port Olry another. We also walked around Oyster Island and went swimming & snorkeling. Rather nice.

Room Tip: You get a slightly better bigger room if you pay more, but they're all right on the water.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed at Oyster Island Resort for 8 nights from 19th till 27th April,2013.

Having travelled to Fiji several times to various islands, Whitsunday Islands, Majority of Australia, & Europe we had never been to Vanuatu and didn't know what quite to expect.

Having said that, we were glad our base was that of Oyster Island Resort in Santo, as this place is amazing. Its is positioned central to most things to do in Santo, where you can chose to be as busy/adventurous as you like or do as little as possible, the choice is yours.

We found from the moment we stepped onto Oyster Island the staff were very friendly & hospitable. We arrived late at 9pm, however were welcomed with refreshing tropical welcome drinks, and dinner was no problem at this time of night, we were ravenous from our trip getting there, and decided to order a coconut crab and 1 pizza. BIG mistake, the meals were absolutely delicious, however HUGE, we just barely finished the crab, mind you it took us 1 1/2hrs to get through, but enjoyed every ounce of it. We took the pizza back to our room and had it for lunch the next day. In saying this about the meals, we thought they were very reasonably priced, especially for the serving size you get in return. Eg; 1 X Medium coconut crab is approx. AUD35.00, and their medium is what we would call extra large!

We stayed in Bungalow 11 which is one of the Deluxe Bamboo bungalows located the furthest and most private bungalow on the Island. All bungalows are along the lagoon, and have fabulous views of the lagoon and Santo. The Bungalow was nicely furnished, clean & mosquito repellent was supplied in the room. I loved the semi outdoor shower with direct access to the water too. Anna the housemaid is a gem, and great to talk to, we learnt a lot about the Nivan people and their culture through Anna.

Oyster Island is great to explore, it will take you about 1 1/2hrs to walk around the island. There are so many great snorkelling spots around the island, plane wrecks within snorkelling distance, great swimming and many beaches.

We would like to mention a special thanks to John (Chef) for cooking us many memorable meals that tasted absolutely fantastic, I grew very fond on the curried poulet fish dish & that HUGE coconut crab YUM!

A special mention should be made to Casper, who absolutely goes out of his way to make sure you have everything you need & are happy with your stay. Casper is a treasure to this resort.

There were many wonderful staff that we came across and do not have a single bad word to say about them, they all great you with a smile on their face, and ensure you are satisfied.

The manager Olive, and her husband Dave are brilliant, and found the time to sit and chat with us, ensured that our needs were met, and very pleasant people to talk to.

We kayaked out to the Matevulu Blue Hole from Oyster Island which takes about 40 mins to get there at a leisurely pace. This Blue hole was spectacular, water so blue, clear & deep, have never seen anything like it.

We did a day trip to Port Olry, Lonnoc Head, Champagne Beach & Nanda Blue Hole, all four places were beautiful, with crystal clear water, and the most whitest sand ever seen. My personal favourite was Port Olry which has the white sand, crystal clear water and a small reef you can snorkel off shore, then would be Champagne Beach, as this is great for a relaxing swim in pristine water. The Nanda blue hole once again had an ever deeper blue colour to it, crystal clear and a depth of 25m!!

We highly recommend the Millenium Cave Trek, however you need to have a considerable level of fitness to be able to go on this trek. If your lucky enough you may see a wild pig, bats & many swallows in the cave. Its a full days trip of about 8hrs of hiking, floating down rapids, climbing over and under boulders, and you will definitely need a massage after this trip. This is where the lovely Marie comes in, and gives you a massage in the privacy of your own balcony in your bungalow, where you can hear the water lapping on the edge. It is recommended that when booking your Millenium cave trek, you book your massage for the following day....you WILL need it!

We also did the Mt Hope Waterfall trek, this was fantastic too, which is only a 3 hour trip. The trip starts off with a 5m jump into the river, and a casual float down the river, where you go down some rapids at times. You end the trip at a wonderful cascade where you make your finally small jump back into the river, swim along the cascade, climb up & walk over the cascade to make your way back.

Million Dollar point is another must see on your list of things to do in Vanuatu. We booked a cab from the resort and made our way to Luganville towards Million Dollar point. We snorkelled the beach there and saw many WWII relics all off shore, there were canons, dismantled army tanks, boats and many more.

Back at Oyster Island we also did a 4 hrs snorkel trip with Michel & John, who took us to some of the most beautiful reefs I've ever seen (better than our own Great Barrier Reef), with many colourful fish, clams & corals. They took us to an uninhabited nearby island (Turtle Island) where we walked around, John climbed up a coconut tree, Michel cracked open the coconut, & we quenched our thirst.

We enjoyed our stay so much, that we are now planning our return trip next year with our three children.

Thankyou to Olive, Dave & your Team for our awesome experience and cant wait for our return!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: PO Box 183, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Luganville
Price Range: $82 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oyster Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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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Oyster Island Hotel Luganville
Oyster Island Resort Vanuatu/Luganville

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