Bokissa Private Island Resort3.0 out of 5.0
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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.
Spent week at Bokissa, fare are spaced out nicely along the foreshore and clean and comfortable, but bit dated. Food was very good, the local fish is absolutely delicious and served quite often in many different ways. Breakfast is basic and if you want eggs and bacon, will cost you extra. Snorkelling from the shore is good ,but better snorkelling is from the northern point of the island back towards the jetty. The island is well maintained with large pool to relax in, while having a few cocktails in the sun lounges dotted around the pool and decking area. Rainforest walk is a must do, there are two walks you can do, one through the middle or around the edge of the island, make sure you wear good shoes as can be quite uneven on the tracks. The only thing missing is few single kayaks and stand up paddle boards. (There is double kayaks on the island). Overall, we great relaxing time, meeting some wonderful people and staff were friendly and helpful, definitely will be back to enjoy the isolation and peace of this island..
We booked this trip so I could dive on the famous USS Coolidge and million dollar point. And whilst my wife does not scuba she loved the snorkelling that was to be had on the island. I did too The food was great and varied , the dive guides were experienced but lay back which I liked. I bought my own gear except tanks and weights. It is not cheap as land based resorts and has limited accommodation , so it feels like a 5 star location. The kayaks need to be checked before use as we found seat straps broken. Many guests told us that they came there every year or quite often. We are the type who prefer new destinations , but I would definitely go again.
Excellent snorkelling off the beach, friendly staff, great food, huge swimming pool, very comfortable beds, spacious ensuite. There were several interesting rain forest walks and a very large library! Wonderful place to chill out!
My wife and I, being keen snorkelers, search for holiday destinations where the coral is not only good but easily accessible. We’ve encountered a few places where “right off the beach” should have been appended with “after a 10-minute swim”. Bokissa is genuinely right off the beach, and the reef (well maintained by the resort) teems with marine life. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Diving, I’m told, is excellent. Getting to Bokissa involves a 40-minute boat journey. It’s remote. It’s also tranquil. The resort is the only settlement on the island. Security is assured (unlike a similar place we went to once where an islander stole the in-room safe) and we never locked the door of our faré (cabin). The faré was a disappointment on a number of counts. It was nothing like the pictures shown on the resort’s accommodation page on its website. There are no chairs, only the beds to sit on, no writing table, even though there’s space for them. There are 13 Beachfront farés, one duplex, and one Deluxe Beachfront Spa faré (that’s the one featured on the accommodation page). To get to see the Beachfront faré’s interior, you need to go to the booking page. Along with the resort itself, the faré felt neglected and in need of refurbishment: A patched-up hammock, a shower with a mind of its own, attachments that swivelled and dumped your toothbrushes in the sink or on the floor, and so on. The rack rate for the resort rooms suggest something better and anyone contemplating a stay should bear that in mind. (In defence of the resort, it is remote and its costs are higher than they would be on the mainland. Its website also states it’s 3.5 stars.) While the website says that air conditioning is available, it doesn't mention that it's only between 8pm and 6am. The food was well-cooked and presented, comprising fresh local produce, meat, and freshly caught fish. The chef has been with the resort for 20 years, and other staff were long-time employees, too. The staff were friendly and invariably helpful. Any problems reported were attended to promptly. Sue and Peter are genial hosts and leave you to your own devices – no hassling to take tours, etc. A spacious dining hall accommodates a 12-shelf library, a bar, a pool table, dartboard, and comfortable lounge chairs. Ideal for inclement weather. As expected in the tropics, the weather was humid, with showers on most days. This means mosquitos and flies, so pack plenty of insect repellent. I was disappointed that the kayaks were two-person only. I prefer solo kayaking. Despite my comments above about refurbishment, our expectations about snorkelling were well met and we enjoyed our time on the island. Pros • Beautiful location • Excellent snorkelling straight off the beach • Good fresh food, well cooked and presented • Peaceful and private • Secure • Responsive management. Cons • Accommodation • Limited air conditioning • Kayaks are two-person only • Long journey from the mainland.
We spent 6 days in this paradise Bokissa is everything you want in a holiday! Beach front vares set in lush tropical surrounds with rainforests to explore - just beautiful! We found the snorkelling some of the best in Vanuatu with numerous types of coloured fish and corals. Our room was neat and clean and more than adequate but was a little to warm during the day as air conditioning is only on at night,buy hey the water is right at the door. The meals were fantastic with ample portions, the lobsters were to die for ! Now the staff and managers Peter & Sue could not have been more friendly and helpful in arranging tours & activities and also were very informative about what to do on the Santo as we were staying on for another two weeks they were more like friends. Thanks guys we really enjoyed our stay and hopefully we'll be back in March 2018..... Pete & Anita
Dive the Henry Bonneaud at night, turn off the torches and wait for the most amazing light show courtesy of small luminescent fish. Mind your dive time though, you are at 41m. Professional and friendly dive staff ensured a great time, some of the best encountered in 18 years dive tourism. No probs with resort, rooms serviced daily, great meals and facilities. Day trip paddling and snorkeling was a highlight.
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