Wanting to scuba dive on the President Coolidge, we decided to go to Santo, Vanuatu and stay at the Aore Island Resort. When we arrived we went to the dive shop located at the Resort 'Santo Island Dive' and spoke to the owner, Mal, regarding a dive package. The next day we were off diving, and loved it so much that we actually extended our dive package and dived virtually every day of our stay. Our Dive Master Alfred, was awesome. Being a local, he knows heaps of knowledge about the area, and could swim the whole of the President Coolidge with his eyes closed. His dive experience, local knowledge, and friendly personally & sense of humour can't be beaten. We also dived with Donald who was also fantastic, and on the day we couldn't dive, spent the afternoon fishing with Alfred & Matthew. We loved spending time with all the guys from Santa Island Dive and they all made our holiday extremely memorable and miss all of them.
The resort was fantastic. Its located on the Island Aore, just across from town, and the resort runs a ferry that takes you back and forth during the day. The rooms are individual bungalows that have everything you need (no phones, no tvs...heaven!) The staff at the resort are fantastic and always greet you by your first name. Make sure when you go that you get the food package. With the food package you get a large continental breakfast and then you also get lunch & dinner as well. Its an all day menu so you can have lunch when it suits you (or take a picnic hamper with you) and you can choose anything off the menu, including Lobster for dinner.
We had the best 10 day holiday thanks to all the fantastic people and beautiful location....we will definately be back soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aore Island Resort is a stunning Pacific Island retreat with an authentic and welcoming culture nestled in a unique natural paradise. Experience the raw luxury of our private boutique bungalows and indulge in an impeccably fresh beachfront dining experience overlooking the crystal clear waters of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aore Island Hotel Espiritu Santo
- Aore Resort Santo
- Aore Hotel Santo