Considering that you already know that you're going to stay on a tent with attached or shared bathroom and so you're not expecting any luxury, Vinnies is a great place to stay in Havelock, especially if you dive or are interested in diving.
The tents are good, clean, with spacious bed (but no cover sheet, only cover bed), shelf to put your stuff, hammock and chairs in the "verandah". The tent itself is not big, but has enough space considering that you're not going to spend much time there. Bathroom is not exactly a piece of architecture, but usually has hot water and the shower is good - there's lack of space to put your things, but it's ok.
Dive India is in the same place and is excellent: we did the Learn to Dive and advanced diving course and it was great, our instructors Melissa and Vikram were very patient, clear and friendly and know how to manage panic within their students. We also did a night dive, which I highly recommend (Sid, our instructor, was great also). Everyone is very professional and the equipment is in good condition. Also, the food on the boats is very good!
People there in Vinnies are easy going and very nice and the Full Moon Café is a nice place to meet everyone and share experiences. We met a lot of nice people there!
Also, the food is fresh and tasty - we've been to different restaurants in the island - but they don't have any alcoholic drinks.
The location is good, near all places in beach #5 - you can easily rent a bike or scooty to go to beach #7 and other places. The beach in front of Vinnies is not the best one to sunbathing and doing nothing, but a short walk to the right and you'll find good spots for this also.
Havelock is a paradise and we highly recommending staying at Vinnies. Because, above everything, their service was flawless - they picked up us at the airport, at the jetty and they accomplished everything they've promised. They even helped us solving a huge problem with Travelguru regarding our booking and advanced payment (travelguru's fault that Vinnies quickly solved).
I hope we can come back there soon!
- Also Known As:
- Island Vinnie`s Tropical Beach Cabana Hotel Havelock Island