Taken as a single 'resort', the Island Vinnie's/ Full Moon Cafe/ Dive India combination is a great all-in-one package. But each on their own isn't perfect.
Island Vinnie's - the rooms are spacious (given the price) and clean, and their verandas are very nice. However, the bathrooms aren't the best and the tents are all located quite far from the sea so rather than the sound of waves breaking, we fell asleep to the sounds of the resort which isn't noisy but it still isn't the same thing. Given the price though, these are very good value.
We also took the transportation package which i would recommend to anyone, like us, who is flying in and flying out again. The process isn't as slick as it might be with quite a few hand-overs between different people along the way, but everything was arranged and it did save us from the confused queuing others had to put up with.
Full Moon Cafe - my wife had sprained her ankle so we were going to be stuck with Full Moon Cafe for most our meals anyway, but to be honest I don't know if that made a difference in the end. The food was fantastic, not just 'fantastic for a budget-friendly dive resort' but properly fantastic and at good rates.
I would suggest checking your tab each night though as when we settled at the end there were some strange charges n the bill, most of these were just mislabeling (we ordered a chicken salad and it was written up as a chicken schnitzel) but it left us a little unsure over the accuracy. Also note that they do not have a liquor license so you need to bring your own if you own - a cheap bottle of local rum and their pineapple juice makes a decent cocktail.
Dive India – Dive India is run by a great bunch of instructors. Everyone we dealt with was professional and patient in their teaching style and the equipment seems well maintained. However, from an admin point-of-view it was a little disorganized. Perhaps I just needed to get into the island mindset a little sooner but I got a bit irritated that eve though I had pre-paid for a learn-to-dive package there wasn’t an obvious process for us to follow. Once we got into the swing of things though it all came together.
- Also Known As:
- Island Vinnie`s Tropical Beach Cabana Hotel Havelock Island