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Bokissa Private Island Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We just returned from 9 nights at Bokissa. We had a great time with staff and owners, is so much to do. Me and my partner we enjoyed the snorkelling and we had lesson for diving and it was very well supervised with dive master Rocks AND BIG THANKS GO TO HIM.The bungalow....big and well maintained daily. The meals were to die for,the service was friendly and efficient. Big thank go to Allen and Jo no to be there for us wherever we need them...

5 stars to recharged your batteries relax and unwind from eveyday stress build up If you are looking for an island with great friendly staff good meals your own privacy away from the crowds where you can snorkel and dive all day take a walk around the island or just read and do nothing this is the island for you With the reef and water 50 meters from your door with great view waterways and sunsets and the sound of gently waves breaking on the shore to help put you in a gently sleep at night or slaying in the hammock during the day Great place to be to recharge

What a unique experience! We have never been so relaxed on a holiday ever! Food is provided so really all you ever need to do is decide on when to snorkel, when to eat and when to sleep. Everything is on island time which makes you feel instantly relaxed however there are also plenty of activities if you want to be more adventurous. We did the millennium cave (wow, that was hard work!) and kayaking to the blue hole (stunning!) The staff were lovely and accommodated is changing our dates when our son fell ill. My only slight criticism would be that the resort needs refurbishment. If you are after luxury and have high standards, then perhaps best to look elsewhere!

We love our beachfront fare. The furnishings were basic, and housekeeping did a great job...given that there’s so much sand! Such a terrific m view and great snorkelling just metres from our doorstep. Beautiful staff. Delicious home cooked meals. Very basic breakfast. Malo River day trip was memorable, with many thanks to Russell!!

No, Bokissa Island is not for everyone. If you want shops, lifts, stairs, a long walk to the beach, a walk through the lobby to the pool or a hectic time, don't go. But if you want the most stunning location, the beach within a few metres of your fare, very comfortable, clean accommodation, colourful fish swimming in the coral, good food and wine, and the nicest, friendliest people looking after you, then Bokissa is just the place. My wife and I spent the most calm, relaxing 10 days there. Highlights included doing nothing, snorkelling the warm waters, kayaking up the Malo river, eating and drinking, doing nothing and just being ourselves. The thing we remember most, and which we will not forget is the wonderful, genuine staff. Nothing was any problem to them and they put us in total holiday mode with their greetings and laughter. We loved it so much we are already planning our return. Michael Burleigh

The count down has begun again to return to the most amazing island called bokissa. As we all know life is fast and furious most days in our normal life , bokissa will detox you and make you see what a holiday can do for you. Mr Harry and graham our chefs you blow me away with your amazing meals your fish dishes are number one. Management nothing was a problem you were always there any time of the day although I never needed you , thank you all for my amazing holiday , yes I definitely am coming back as I do every year.

The ideal location to go to, to escape the pressures of the continual day in, day out pressures that we in the industrial world are subjected too in our endeavors to make a living. No TV, limited communications with the outside world, just far enough away from civilization, but again just around the corner when the need to jump back on the fast train calls. This location is as close as you will get to experience the AVATAR life style, with the local people guiding this influence. For those snorkellers & underwater divers, the colourfull off shore reefs with an exceptional abundance of diversified fish life are a minimum of 20 steps from your hut into the awaiting aqua blue waters,attach your flippers, mask, and your away. The surrounding islands & waters also offer untold treasures with kayaking to unspoiled locations.

We had a great, relaxing 6 nights on Bokissa. The resort, the only 'business' on the island, is not large nor luxurious, but wonderfully laid-back and friendly with good service and good food. The fares/cabins are spaced and each has its own verandah seating, plus chaise lounges plus double hammock. Ours had a queen bed and a single and was quite spacious. We had no feeling of crowding at Bokissa so it was perfect for a relaxing break. The snorkelling was really good with varied coral and amazing fish immediately available from the beach in front of the resort. The water is clear, making the snorkelling really good even on overcast days. Each day everyone was offered 2 different choices for lunch and 2 for dinner, and the meals were always good. We all ate together on a terrace with a wonderful view over the pool and water and we enjoyed the people we met during our stay. Lunch and dinner (12:00 and 7:00) are a long time apart, and I was glad I had brought snack food for an afternoon cuppa each day. I would really recommend bringing snack food. Bokissa is not the BIG tropical resort experience, and doesn't pretend to be. It is a really nice, comfortable, uncrowded and quiet tropical resort with very good snorkelling and walking where you eat well and could meet interesting people to share meals (and maybe snorkelling) with.

Website and photos sure sell this location. We arrived in the midst of a fair amount of tension and unrest between management and staff and it reflected in our Bokissa experience. Don't get me wrong we enjoyed our 6 night stay:- the isolated location, the snorkelling, the coral, the beachfront location of the fare, relaxing under the huge shade trees, the limited number of guests, some of the meals, the couple massage, the helpfulness and friendliness of staff and making new friends but when the negatives affect your creature comforts the positives get outweighed. The fare was old and run down. Housekeeping ensured cleanliness but the walls and floors were marked and stained, ensuite fixtures are well used and in need of modernising. The queen bed was firm and pillows thin. The aircon whilst we went knowing of its time restrictions, both it and the ceiling fan are excessively noisy so unless you have earplugs you want get any sleep if on during the night. Supplied bath linen was also well used, thin and in need of replacing. The fare could also benefit with fumigating as cockroaches were active at night. The Continental Breakfast was disappointing, only two sort of fruit choices were the norm, some days only one, and on two days there was no fruit at all, one of the 3 cereal choices ran out (muesli) and was not restocked, fruit juice was limited to processed OJ and pineapple, only white bread supplied for toast. Lunch and evening meals were generous portions, well presented and tasty but their enjoyment was overshadowed by the large number of rats that were scampering around the dining and service area. Don't expect an abundance of "seafood", other than the one meal of lobster (which was sumptuous), the seafood is a single option of local fish served each night, in a different way (mornay, crumbed, whole, battered etc). No prawns, or large variety of seafood choices as marketed, and no theme nights. Make sure you bring some snacks/nibbles/biscuits as there is nothing supplied to have with a cuppa or if you get peckish between the 12md lunch service and 7pm evening meal. We were unable to get Panadol or bandaids when we needed them, the bar ran out of Coke, Orange Juice and a number of spirits (limited the "cocktail" choices), so there could be a huge improvement in stock management processes. There were only 5 - 6 other couples on the island so it was not due to excess demand that supply was exhausted.

Great family holiday in an amazing and well-preserved tropical paradise! Many positives to call out, including the location, facilities, management & staff, snorkeling & diving, accommodations and food. All were great for us. We were made to feel very welcome, with management and staff flexible around our needs or preferences. Not so much about luxury, but for sure there is a genuine interest to make sure you are happy and enjoying your bokissa island experience. If you're a diver then it's hard to go past bokissa. You have access to the big ticket sites around Santo and as well you can dive the local wreck the Henry Bonneaud, that I visited twice because it was so good! If you're a family (even with young kids like ours) with a mildly adventurous spirit, I can highly recommend bokissa.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Onsite dining
  • Private beach
  • Free airport shuttle

Bokissa Private Island Resort is within the area of Unity Park and Luganville Market. This 16-room, 3-star resort welcomes guests with free breakfast, a private beach, and an outdoor pool. It's on the waterfront and also within the region of Millennium Cave Tour Office and Santo Golf Course.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


The 16 individually decorated accommodations feature furnished balconies or patios and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect to find WiFi. Beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers.

Property features

Guests of Bokissa Private Island Resort have access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and a meeting room. Airport transportation is made easy with a free airport shuttle (available on request). Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include coffee/tea in a common area, a computer station, and an arcade/game room.

Room options

Bungalow, Beachfront

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 212 reviews