Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Don't sign their booking form for diving with this lot!! If you get sick and can't go they still take your money and won't refund. In other words they disagree you should not dive when you can not equalize!
Just stayed at Coral Quays Fish & Dive Resort, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu for the second time and it is even better than before. Now diving and accommodation is combined and seamless making the experience far more relaxing. Tremendous dive sites like the Coolidge, Million Dollar Point and the Tucker make this a very different style of diving for us as we are based on the Great Barrier Reef.
Had a fabulous time diving the president Coolidge. Even a cyclone didn't prevent this team from ensuring our dives were sensational. the rooms were comfortable and clean. the staff were friendly and helpful
This is a return visit type of place. Very welcoming staff all pleasant and attentive to your every need. Rooms are clean, comfortable and if you need anything just ask. Offer a range of different tours for everyone. Food is magnificent, can't name a favourite as the chef prepared so many delicious meals. Best resort food ever. My husband needed medical attention and they jumped to it and organised everything quick smart. Checking on him all the time. Well done and will be talking about this place a lot.
We had 3 reef dives with these guys! Just beautiful spots. They were flexible where we went so we did a gorgeous reef dive, million dollar point and then the US bomber war plane. We ended up having our own boat and felt safe and well looked after for the whole day
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.
- 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 139 reviews