This is a pleasant and interesting place to spend a couple of days. We stayed for three nights which may have been one too many! A place to go if this is the sort of place that you like - probably not for everyone. It is run by enterprising women from the the village that is about 5-10 mins walk away and is a great way to get to know them and their lifestyle.
The small village is interesting and welcoming. There is a village tour offered for 1,000vt PP which is interesting and worthwhile, but I thought a bit pricey for four people.
- Great location, right on the beach.
- Beach is picture postcard tropical paradise.
- Fantastic snorkeling - right off the calm beach. 500m of the beach is a marine sanctuary with lot of coral and fish. We were there in January and the water was warm enough to stay in for hours
- Lovely people who will make you feel like part of the family
- Not at all touristy - great to really relax and get away from it all. There were only two other tourists in the whole area when we were there.
- Accommodation is basic. More like camping than a resort. Rooms are small and fairly stuffy - very hot at night when we were there as there was no breeze at nighttime. There is no power in the cabins so no lights or fans. The mattress was thin for a heavy bloke, but you would have been happy with it if it was in a tent.
- Quite a few mosquitos, even with coils burning. Take repellant! Also a lot of flies when we were there.
- Nowhere comfortable to sit and relax. The experience would be greatly improved by some loungers or hammocks. Rolling out a towel on the beach is the best option, but not when it's raining or at night time.
- Food is on a meal package. The first meal is a bit of a thrill, lot of variety, but all the lunches and dinners are basically the same. A bit tired after a couple of days. The food is tasty, but stoggy and fatty for the hot weather.
- Rain water 'sprinkle' shower is really a dribble. Probably the lamest shower ever anywhere.
My minuses may or may not be important to you - decide for yourself. I was glad we went and would recommend it as a different sort off experience, but two nights would have been enough. This is basic, local experience, and whilst not expensive, it is not super cheap either. For a family of four, we were paying 16,000 vt (about A$190) a night with the meals.
Go in with your eyes open on what you expect if and you will have a good time - highly recommended.