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Oyster Island Resort
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Tauranga
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perfect family holiday”
Reviewed October 10, 2008

Our 6 nights at Oyster Island were fantastic. We had our adult children with us & booked this resort after reading previous good reviews. I did have a few reservations about it tho because of the distance from Luganville & isolation. However there was absolutely no need to worry about that. Grant the manager sat down with us every night to see what we wanted to do the next day & either took us or organised transport for us. Who wants to stay in Luganville anyway! The 2 blue holes were very close by & a must to see. We got a ride with a local (paid him quite generously) to the amazing Champagne Beach & Grant took us to a village one day. Grant also organised the diving trips for the divers in the group which were such an amazing experience.
The food was fantastic & well priced. I would have liked some lighter items on the menu for lunch. The rooms were great - right on the water with good balconies - not 5 star but very comfortable. Our fare had recently been upgraded & had excellent brand new bathroom.
Thanks Grant for an excellent week.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 8, 2008

Our accommodation was excellent - I don't think its fair to complain about the noise of the high tide waking me up at night because we were so close to the sea! A very cute bungalow, nothing posh but very private, a good bathroom and bed, and a balcony to relax on.

Staff in the restaurant were very friendly and helpful. We had a problem with our return flight and they helped us make the phone call (which required a lot of persistence to re-dial!).

Food was very good indeed, although I would have liked more really light options for lunch. (I probably should have just asked, actually - I was spontaneously offered an off-menu alternative for dinner the first night when it was obvious I wasn't well. and couldn't cope with a full meal.)

The common facilities are great - beautiful restaurant/bar, hammocks by the beach etc.

The little boat trip to the mainland was good - never a problem to get ferried over when we wanted to.

The road from Luganville/airport to Oyster Island is rough, although it may be sealed soon (maybe!).

We enjoyed exploring Oyster Island itself, wandering along the inland paths and going around the coast when the tide was right.

We took the offered trip to the blue pool (ie up the Riri river, back on Santo) by dugout canoe, which was well worth doing. The trip to Matevulu blue pool is also good but directions for this from staff were far too vague - you can easily do it on foot, if you get good directions from the hotel about where to find the guide.

I was disappointed with the day tour of (part of) Santo that we arranged via Oyster with a local driver - it was pretty expensive for what wasn't much more than a taxi trip to Fanafo and Champagne Beach, because the driver wasn't particularly informative about what we saw, and just (for example) drove slowly through the village of Fanafo rather than allow us to really experience it. I suggest that if you want to learn about what you're seeing, a "proper" tour company is probably better.

  • Liked — Picturesque
  • Disliked — Access road from Luganville
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Tauranga
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

My partner and I stayed at Oyster Island and it was a highlight of our time in Vanuatu. The bungalows (recently rennovated) are comfortable, really well maintained and provide everything you need - great value for money. The setting is so beautiful and very romantic, perfect for couples who want some time to themselves just to share and enjoy the experience. Grant is great, so accomodating and friendly. We stayed 2 nights but would have stayed longer if we could. Such a beautiful spot. Don't expect all of the trimmings of a fancy resort (who needs them anyway!) but expect comfort, friendliness and a genuine experience.

Stayed July 2008
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2008

With a new owner and a new management the Oyster Island Resort has changed a lot. We had the chance to be one of the first guests to stay in their new/refurbished bungalows. Everything was clean, the service excellent and also the food better as on any other place on Santo. But the best is the island itself with the colourful reefs, the rainforest and the beautiful beaches. Thank you for the wonderful time.
K&H

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Oyster Island Resort
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Luganville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Oyster Island Resort 3*
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
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