I am very happy to recommend Island Vinnies and DiveIndia. As several reviewers have pointed out, it is important that you realize that this is a place that's all about the diving. If you are looking for a Maldives-type experience then you are really looking in the wrong place. If you can come without such unrealistic expectations of luxury and simply expect a comfortable, friendly and professional dive experience then you really can't go wrong.
The accommodation is perfectly comfortable with effective fans, working plumbing, and even quite warm water which is not always to be expected in such far flung locations. We had no huge problems with Mosquitos as we came prepared, and the nozzle nets in the tented cabanas were in good order.
The Full Moon Cafe, is sometimes slow but always serves very good food with an excellent choice and only occasionally were things not available. Again, very good indeed for a remote destination. I should be pointed out to westerners that there is no alcohol served there (as in much of India) but you can always go and stock up at the wine shop in the nearby town and can sometimes even find ice at the local shops to chill your beers! The prices in the cafe constitute very good value for money.
In terms of arranging transfers and ferry meet and greets, we were very impressed indeed, and were grateful for the help when a delayed flight caused a missed ferry.
The real strength of the place lies in the dive shop team. They are a tremendously professional, patient and well educated bunch of young men and women who do a superb job. M husband has dived in 15 countries and he thought them the best team ever. I needed to brush up my dives after a long gap of several years and felt very safe and encouraged; helped, but not smothered. The ratio of dive masters and instructors was good, and even though it was the busiest time of year there was always elbow room on the boats.
The best thing, though, was the fact that my two sons did there first dive there and had absolutely first class help and instruction. We were very grateful to the staff for their patience in making it a truly special day for us all.
All in all, I hope to go back when our boys are certified and dive further afield. The coral nearby was not living, and poor vis due to high winds took the edge of the more accessible sites. However, my husband went further afield and said it was amongst the best diving ever. So what are you waiting for? Get out there to Island Vinnies!
- Also Known As:
- Island Vinnie`s Tropical Beach Cabana Hotel Havelock Island