Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort3.0 out of 5.0
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Simply amazing. Tucked away in its own rainforest canopy and gardens. The resort is about a 5 to ten minute drive from Santo. On arrival you walk up to the main office kitchen and bar/dinning room past the pool and are greeted looking out over the vegetation to the water. Your stand alone accommodation is an eight sided bungalow 18 of them branch off at different pathways and are scattered throughout the grounds for peace and quite and privacy. The tranquility is great to relax in between dives or fishing. The resort offers an amazing personalised time diving the Famous SS President Coolidge the most famous of recreational wreck dives in the world along with USS Tucker, tug boat Tui Tawaite, the Submarine nets and the famous Million Dollar Point. Apart from these wrecks there is an abundance of reef dives such as Tutuba Point and Mai Mai Point two that I did. The Dive team Tom, Kali and local guides Steve and Henry are fantastic tailoring your dives allowing you a full spectrum of both boat and shore dive locations and deep penetration dives on the Coolidge with safety paramount and good informative dive briefings. (If your wanting to do these ensure that your qualifications allow you and you have done them and you have time whilst here the Staff will instruct you and certify you here. But you'd need to book ahead) The accommodation is great nice open rooms with nice quality linen towels and facilities. In relation to food there is a continental breakfast but you can at a small cost order cooked breakfast. The Chef, staff and the food is fantastic from lovely lunch menu to the exceptional evening meals such as local Poulet Fish, beef ribs and the Thai crispy chicken basil dishes. To the owner Phil and his wife thank you for what was an amazing six days staying at your resort and to all of your staff I'd like to say a big THANK YOU. Well done I can't wait to come back and experience your hospitality and diving again. J
The staff are the life and soul behind this resort. Lovely place tucked away from town, beach across the road and local bus takes 10mins to town. Nice bungalows, I had a female 3 bed dorm bungalow to myself, actually was the only person in the resort for my first night. Very quiet and relaxing, not much to do in the evening but great to catch up on reading. Simple breakfast included, always the same everyday even the few pieces of fruit. Complimentary wifi access in the bar area. I came for the diving, fantastic team especially Tom and Stevie who trained me for my SSI Rescue Dive Cirtification. Shore dives to the Coolidge, definitely would recommend the night dive to see the flashlight fish in the Coolidge cargo hold, one of the most fantastic dives I've ever done.
I didn't stay at Coral Quays, but I see that most people have done their reviews of Absolute Adventures (their dive business) here, so I've been greedy and posted my review on both sites! I dived with Absolute Adventures for the first time this last trip - having dived in Santo over many years. I can't fault their professionalism, service, friendliness - I was lucky enough to have the "Coolidge" basically all to myself, as there were not many divers around, and my guide Steve Lele was fantastic. Despite being restricted to above 40m (more about that later), he took me into some great dark, squeezy places (I love penetration wreck diving!) and saved my bacon when one of my weight pouches came adrift in one of the passageways - he heard it go before I did and retrieved it, my hero! So yes, I would recommend Absolute Adventures for their safe practices and professionalism, but there is a caveat for experienced divers, as follows: They are very conservative in their safety standards, which I totally understand and support - however they need to inform divers of what these are when they book. I have logged over 1000 dives and have done over 40 dives on the Coolidge, to the stern, galley, engine room and done the swim-through from galley to chain locker - all on a single tank and using a travel BC. I indicated in my initial booking request that I didn't dive with twins (I'm 61 and just can't carry 2 tanks on a shore dive), but that I wanted to do some serious dives. The response I got was "depending on your ability and experience" - "no worries" I thought. When I got to the dive site for the assessment dive, I was told that I couldn't dive below 40m with a single tank - I wasn't offered the option of carrying a sling tank and even though I came back from every subsequent dive with over 80 bar, there was no easing up on the restrictions. Okay, so this isn't a criticism of Absolute, it is far better to err on the side of safety - just a warning to potential divers that you need to be prepared to wear twins and if your own gear isn't rigged for this, you will need to hire gear. Otherwise I would suggest that you only book 6 dives on the wreck maximum, as now that a lot of the superstructure has collapsed, the shallower dives can get repetitive and there is sadly so much less to see. Obviously, if you've never dived it you will have an awesome experience!
Coral Quays is a great place to stay for business or adventure holiday. We had a great time and recommend our friends to stay their. It's only five minutes from town but feels like you are the middle of nowhere. Have a beer and look out over Aore Island across the channel
I think this is the first bad review I write in my life, so I will try to be as objective as possible. The rooms are not bad, they are ample and comfortable, however, they are not the cleanest, especially the bathroom--which have very little light. The local people who work in the hotel are very nice. The food in the restaurant is quite good. The problem for me are the hotel owners and the treatment they gave us, but I will only talk about what happened to me. They were not very accommodating or nice--the woman was nicer than the man. For instance, I was the only one in the group renting diving gear in the whole group, they charged me for everything without ever showing a nice gesture with me (I know they are not a non-profit organization, but nevertheless, they charged me for everything, every single dive!, yes, dive, not day). When I asked the owner of the hotel to throw in the fins for free, only once, that it would be good for me to tell other people how nice in Coral Quays were (kind of joking, but smiling, etc.) He answers me: "Don't threaten me!" I was shocked, I had never been given such a reply by a business owner who supposedly cares about his clientes. Another example (and I'll stop because you get the point), I had my bottle of water--tap water is drinkable there--that I would ask a woman at the bar to fill for me. Once she told me that the owner had seen her do it, and she was not allowed to do it any longer, she had been instructed to tell me that I had to fill it up in my bathroom sink (????). The man in charge of diving, Tom, was not the nicest either, always gave no for an answer, and charged me things that up to this day I don't agree upon (things I paid nevertheless). But I don't want to leave in a negative note, there are two places in Santo where you can stay and dive too where we were treated really well, Deco Stop Lodge, and the Espiritu Hotel.
I have just returned from Vanuatu with my partner and friends after experiencing a very enjoyable and relaxing Scuba diving and holiday experience at the Coral Quay Resort in Santo Vanuatu...All staff at the resort made you feel at home and bent over backwards to make our stay more than pleasurable. This was further enhanced with the Resort's own Scuba Diving training facility. As a veteran Scuba Diver I found Tom the Snr Instructor, Kaylee and the rest of his team to be second to none with their knowledge and understanding to our needs during some of the most enjoyable diving that can be experienced, particularly diving on the SS President Coolidge! We will be back! Thankyou Coral Quay Resort ...You are on a winner!
What a great spot for a stay, ideally set on bush surrounds, this is comfortable accommodation with great meals. We stayed for a recent dive trip and could not fault the service. Rooms made up daily, with friendly helpful staff to make your stay a very memorable one. The kitchen staff do a great job, and meal times are a treat.. Well done Coral Quays...!
Nice setting but 3 star Resort charging 5 star prices for this type of set up, compared to many of the Pacific Islands I have visited on similar dive trips over the years. We went on a group diving package and I think they must have been trying to recoup some of their costs.Charging $6.66 AD a day extra for a towel to use after diving - no charge if you take it to the pool or beach across the road? Don't know their logic behind hitting customers up for extra when you are paying for diving, accommodation, food and drinks at their resort. Every other hotel / resort I have stayed have provided pool / beach towels, even if you sign for them (i.e. like you do each day for your dive weights) and are charged if you don't return them. Our group was offered air conditioned rooms for $75 AD per night extra ($450 per room for 6 nights) a bit rich. $25 AD a night extra at another resort in town. Also offered rooms for $180 AD when our flight was cancelled due to Cyclone Donna after already spending 6 nights their on a group package. Advertised on all the websites for around $150. Continental breakfast very basic, included in the room price. Many chose to buy fruit themselves from the market in town - cheap. Had no hot water for our shower for 2 days and no main room light for 4 out of the 6 nights. Rooms are neat and clean. Exchange rate at the Resort was 75V for AD, bank in town & other resorts 80V. Coral Quays charge 5% credit card fee, bank and other places in town 2.5 - 3%. Diving on the SS Coolidge was well organised, lead by their staff in a professional and safe manner.
Huge thanks to Charmaine and Phil for helping our group so much during Cyclone a Donna. They kept us informed of all the weather updates and flight cancellations and arranged new rooms for us after a tree branch fell on our cabin. The staff are so helpful and friendly and the food is great. The dive operation is very well organised and efficient, with very knowledgable guides and support staff.
My original dive reservations were cancelled by two other dive outfits because of bad weather. I went to Coral Quays and the staff was so accommodating. I went on three dives over two days with excellent conditions and utmost concern for safety. Special kudos to Kayley who who was a great dive master!
- Free continental breakfast
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort is located within a few miles (5 km) of Millennium Cave Tour Office and Unity Park. This 18-room, 3-star resort welcomes guests with free breakfast, a private beach, and an outdoor pool. Mount Hope Waterfall and Santo Golf Course are also within a 30-minute drive.
Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 9 AM. This resort is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge.
Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort's 18 rooms provide furnished balconies, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Rooms also include ceiling fans.
Guests staying at Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle for AUD 12.00 per person one way. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a library, a terrace, and a garden.
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71% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 134 reviews