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Reviewed 19 April 2012

We stayed in a bamboo bungalow (4) at this beautiful resort. Everything was perfect.. All staff were lovely, so friendly and helpful and they made our stay so enjoyable.. Marie, Helen, gaspar and all the others do a great job - outstanding customer service. Meals were delicious and very reasonably priced.. Steaks were fantastic and we really enjoyed the margarita pizza on the specials board. Kayaking to the blue hole was a highlight as was the mt hope river float with Greg..so relaxing and breathtakingly beautiful. Pacific tours took us on a lovely day trip to port olry and champagne beach which included visits to two more blue holes. Champagne beach was spectacular, we were the only few there..wouldn't want to be there on days when cruise ships visit. Didn't find much to rave about in luganville but it was good Friday ..did manage to exchange currency easily at the servo.

We were very happy with our bungalow and woke to the sounds of the water lapping at the veranda and the fish jumping...comfy bed and lovely bathroom..nice decor etc. Great having fridge, jug (we boiled our drinking water just in case) and mosquito coils (mozzies weren't too bad though).

We Would definitely recommend this resort and we will be back for sure!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Wendy E
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

We have just returned from our honeymoon in Vanuatu. We stayed at Oyster Island Resort for the first 5 nights. It was just what we needed. We felt a million miles away from everything in paradise. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the rooms were a little basic but clean and spacious - with a lovely private deck, the restaurant had a slightly limited menu but everything on it was delicious!

There were lots of activities to do on and around the island. We kayaked to the nearby blue hole which was amazing. Took a day trip up along the coast to Champagne Beach and Port Olry - which was a highlight - don't miss these 2 spectacular beaches and make sure to take your snorkel gear to Champagne. And did the Hope Mountain Cascade float - another must do! Tasted local Kava, snorkelled and swam off the islands beaches and met lovely locals - basically just had an all round great time!

Definitely put it on your "to do" list!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Bamboo Bungalow and found in spacious and lovely. It had a bar fridge and a ceiling fan - both of which helped with the tropical heat!
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank emily_2509
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We stayed at Oyster Island in December 2011 with our one year old daughter and loved it! I was a bit nervous taking a baby to a resort without air conditioning and a few other modern conveniences, but it was just what we needed. Because we were on a secluded island with only 11 bungalows, we had not a care in the world and found it to be completely relaxing.

The staff were wonderful and so friendly, and I loved how they took the time to know our names and took the time to play with our daughter, even taking her for little walks when hubby and I would be having dinner.

Even though we had our daughter, we still went to Champagne Beach (spectacular!) and kayaked to the blue holes (also spectacular!), but for the most part, we just relaxed and swam and enjoyed the company of other guests.

The food was great - some people have mentioned that the menu is limited but we found it to be more than adequate. I guess it depends on your tastes (ie. if you are a vegetarian it may be limiting after a while) but we found there was more than enough variety (beef, lobster, pork belly, prawns, fish and chips, pasta etc) for our week there, and we didn't even get to sample everything on the menu!

We stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow, number 11 which was at the very end. It is the most private bungalow, but then again, all of the bungalows are set out so that they are all quite private. If I went again, I would choose a Deluxe Bungalow closer to the restaurant, only because whenever we forgot anything for our daughter, or needed to change her, it was a bit of a walk in the heat to go back to ours.

If you don't like socialising with people, Oyster Island is not for you. This is a very sociable little resort. Guests mingle with each other, eat together, have drinks together etc. We have made some wonderful friends at Oyster Island.

We recommend kayaking to the little deserted island near bungalow 11 on low tide, it has a cute little sandy beach and it's a lovely experience to swim there with no one else in sight.

I have read some reviews about people complaining about the furniture etc, we did not have this problem. I don't know what people are expecting for the bargain rates they pay to stay at Oyster, but I was pleasantly surprised at how great everything was. I would also like to point out that staying at Oyster Island is an experience, and yes, when it rains the open air showers will get wet (shock horror - a shower with water in it!), but the bathroom and bungalow were swept out and tidied every day by one of the staff, and we had everything we needed in our bungalow. Most of the time, we were not inside anyway, we were either on the front balcony enjoying the view or swimming.

Highly recommended, can't WAIT to go back again, just loved it!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank AmacNsw
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Spent three nights on this 11 Hut Resort set facing a tropical lagoon protected from the open sea and weather. Kayaked to a near by Blue Hole - a trip up a primodial river almost completely away from civilisation, absolutely lovely. Resort staff and managers delightful and helpful. Food good. Rooms high standard. Make sure you let the resort know when you are flying in, there transfer fee is cheaper than airport taxi fares ! Enough to do off Island if you wish, we just spent time exploring Island and soaking in the local beauty.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank John F
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

We recently spent 3 weeks travelling between 3 islands of Vanuatu but all agree, our 5 nights on Oyster Island was the BEST! From the moment we landed & started the journey across crystal blue rivers & lush green paddocks, we knew Santo was paradise. Then we arrive at the waters edge & look across to Bungalows lining azure waters & coconut palms swaying in the breeze - Oyster Island, yes we had truly found paradise!

After giving the gas bottle a couple of hefty bangs, a floating grass hut slowly glides across the water to collect us & take us to awaiting fruit cocktails & introductions to Greg & John. Hubby & I had booked a deluxe Bamboo bungalow (No.6) & a Frangapani room for our teenage kids but they were delighted to find themselves upgraded to the Bungalow next door (No.5) complete with outdoor shower. Both bungalows were clean, comfortable & having a small bar fridge, an added bonus. The verandahs seem to float in the water at high tide giving you the illusion of being on a boat, simply mesmerising. Ceiling fans & breeze across the water keep the rooms at the lovely temperature. Very easy to sleep to the sound of lapping water & songs from the locals across the water.
The meals were generous serves, not a great deal of choice but more than satisfied this meat loving family. The eye fillet steak on a bed of kumera, pakchoy & pepper sauce is to die for. We all had this numerous times, yum yum yum!
Food is very fresh, we came across Michele picking watercress from the river on our way kayaking up to the blue hole. The crayfish we ate, had been swimming around us earlier in the day on one of our many snorkels. The variety might not suit everyone but you can't complain of the freshness, oh yes, & the freshly baked bread each day.
Our kids spent many hours circumnavigating the island & tending to the herd of cattle that call Oyster home, they were never bored & could find plenty to do without nagging us. There are lots of beaches to explore around the island, tracks to follow, warm waters filled with amazing techni-coloured sea creatures & close by islands to kayak to. Then there are the many tours that can be arranged through the helpful staff. Best way to find out what to do, ask other guests. We had a fantastic group of people staying with us & each meal time we would compare notes not to mention, often meeting up in our travels.
We accompanied Greg on the Mt Hope waterfall tour. Floating down the river was awesome but the ride out to the station & back was also a highlight seeing the local villages & magnificent jungle.
As I've said, there is so much to do here or do nothing, whatever takes your fancy! Oyster is a fantastic base to explore the island of Santo & an easy day trip north to the breathtaking Port Olry & Lonnoc Beach.
Our family loved everything about Santo & Oyster in particular, I'm sure we will pay a return visit someday. Full credit to the staff for making our stay so pleasurable & being so friendly.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Wylie18
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