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10-14 days - one resort or move around?

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10-14 days - one resort or move around?

Just trying to work out the logistics of a trip to Santo. We have previously stayed in Efate and now want to spend some time in Santo. DH dives and my son & I like to snorkel, kayak and fish. We would like to visit the northern beaches and blue waterholes. We are currently considering Aore & Ratua. Is it easy to do daytrips from the island resorts like Aore/Ratua or is it better to also base yourself in Luganville or somewhere else along the north east coast for part of the stay to better access this side of the island? Have also considered Oyster but it gets very mixed reviews........

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1. Re: 10-14 days - one resort or move around?

If you decide to split the time up with 2 resorts then pick one of your choices and look at Moyyan or Barrier Beach House or even Lope Lope if you are iffy with Oyster. Access to the mainland is easier from Aore than Ratua as there is a ferry which runs to a schedule and it drops you off within a short walk of the main street of Luganville. Dive, snorkel, and fishing all there on Aore from the resort itself or Aore Adventure Sports and Lodge.

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2. Re: 10-14 days - one resort or move around?

Like Bluey I also reccommend Aore over Ratua as it is so easy to get to town. Try Aore Adventure Sports for diving and snorkelling, they are great! They are right next to the resort. You can even stay there if you like, they have a bungalow for rent.

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3. Re: 10-14 days - one resort or move around?

Hi Bluey - I'd love to stay at Lope Lope but we have a 9yo son and he isn't allowed there. Is it easy enough to access daytrips to the north from Aore or would a couple of days up there be better?

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4. Re: 10-14 days - one resort or move around?

Tez, from Luganville to Port Olry is approx 1 hour on a pretty good sealed road so easy enough to do. You could take a tour, taxi or hire your own car but be prepared for the cost as they are more expensive than here in Aus. If you choose taxi then agree on price and pay at the end of the day. It may be worth firing an email off to Lope Lope as we know they have bent the no children rule if availability and amount of other guests eg determine a positive. Donna is the Manager and an easy lady to deal with. Also don't rule out Oyster as we have never had a bad experience there and would stay more often but their ferry shuts down at 9pm and we want the flexibility to arrive back later as we have many friends on Santo and often meet up with them and 9pm can be a tad early to finish dinner and get back. Having said that, Aore's ferry shuts as well but we have access to a private boat to use on Aore. The resort also has a later ferry on certain nights.

Edited: 18 January 2014, 23:54
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5. Re: 10-14 days - one resort or move around?

OK - thanks for the info Bluey. Will look into it further then. I think it would be nice to change resorts if only for a bit of variety in food etc.....

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