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Aore Island, off Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu

OUR Thoughts on Aore Island Resort
The 3-kilometre (10-15 minute) journey from Luganville Wharf across the Segond Channel between Santo and Aore brings you to a superbly relaxing sight; a short jetty leading to a beautiful palm-fringed beach and the wonderful Aore Island Resort’s main building with its natural-thatch roof and its restaurant and lounge veranda virtually on the beach. The private bungalows set a few steps above the beach and backed by the palm forest spread out along the shore on both sides of the jetty. We reckon that at the very moment you arrive at this place, you can feel the stresses of the outside world starting to drain away. And that’s what Aore Island Resort is all about; relaxation and rejuvenation, whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, on a honeymoon, with some dive mates or as a family, you will very, very quickly be in relaxation mode.

Because Aore Island Resort is only 10 minutes from the mainland, it really is possible to base yourself at this resort and easily access all the many sights and attractions of Santo.  It’s a great option for scuba divers to come with their family as the resort’s babysitters are wonderful and the kids love them almost instantly, which giver divers the opportunity to enjoy the world-class diving while their kids are well looked after.  It’s also a great option for couples when only one person is a diver.  The professional Aore Adventures Dive Company picks divers up directly from the resort jetty and you can be diving wrecks and reefs within minutes.

You don’t have to be a scuba diver to enjoy the underwater world around Aore.  The waters immediately in front of the resort are great for snorkelling. 

The Resort has an optional meal plan which we recommend you consider.  The Meal Plan may be for lunch and dinner or for dinner only. Dinners are real “occasions” whether they be taken from the a-la-carte menu where the lobster and the wonderful Santo Beef often appear, or from the several special nights throughout the week.

Stay at Aore Island Resort and enjoy:
Relaxing around the pool or under a nearby shady tree
● Enjoy a Melanesian Massage
● Explore the coastline in a kayak or the island by bicycle
● Walk through the plantation on a guided tour
● Enjoy the outstanding snorkelling
 Picnic on a Tropical Beach
Ride a horse through the cattle plantation
Tour the "Mainland" and the WW2 relics
Discover undisturbed areas of tropical vegetation 
     orchids, birds and butterfies.
Visit a local village and learn of Melanesian Customs
     still followed to this day.
Enjoy Sport and Reef Fishing around Aore Island.

Included in the Tariff at Aore Island Resort:
Tropical breakfast every morning.
Scheduled ferry runs to and from Luganville
Use of kayaks
Use of bicycles on the island
Use of stand-up paddle boards

Resort Minimum Stay Policy
Aore Island Resort has a 2 night minimum stay policy year-round.

What Aore Island Resort Say About Themselves
Aore Island is 11km long and 9km wide, the resort is built on a flat coastal area and has views to the wide escarpment leading up to a higher rainforest level. The resort is surrounded by working cattle and coconut plantations. On the upper level there is natural untouched rainforest, a botanical wonderland with huge banyan trees. Guests can wander safely alone or join a guided tour.

The Resort Ferry takes you away from Santo and is only a short trip to the private Aore Island Resort. On arrival you will be impressed with the clear blue water and the number of fish; we call it our natural fish pond. The wharf leads to the large Traditional Melanesian Style Nakamal. The Nakamal is situated on the waterfront and has views across the channel. The Beachfront Bungalows spread out on either side on a sandy coral beach running the full length of the -resort and large shady trees offer a cool retreat from the sun. The 12m pool is set beside the Nakamal.

The Large Nakamal with a wide veranda terrace is the centre of the Resort. It houses the Bar, Restaurant and Lounge Area. A continental breakfast is included in your room rate and a cooked breakfast is available at an additional cost. Lunch can be eaten in the Nakamal, on the veranda or around the pool. Evenings are relaxing and guests can wander down from their bungalows and sip cocktails as they watch the sunset or relax in the Lounge area and listen to a Local String Band. Dining on the veranda with the lights reflecting across the water from the town creates a special ambiance unique to Aore Island Resort.

The Restaurant offers an All Day Dining Menu and a Specials Blackboard for lunch and dinner. The All Day Dining Menu allows guests to enjoy a light meal, salad or maybe a pizza any time of the day. The Specials change daily and include local delicacies such as famous Santo beef, lobsters and local seafood. All meals are cooked on order and the chef is more than happy to cater for your individual tastes.

Island Night is a popular night at the resort. Custom Dancers from an Outer Island with a Local String Band come to the resort to perform for the guests. Stories are told about island customs and guests can try the local drink, Kava. A buffet of traditional local food and Santo seafood is served. The night ends with dancing local style and a good time is had by all

Our Specials:
Bullet Stay/Pay Specials
Bullet Stay 7/Pay 6
Stay for 7 consecutive nights and only pay for 6 nights
(1 night free)
Bullet Stay 10/Pay 8
Stay for 10 consecutive nights and only pay for 8 nights
(2 nights free)
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation types.
 - Valid for stays all year.
 - Only stays of consecutive nights qualify.
 - Not combinable with other special offers.

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine with the compliments of Aore Island Resort.
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation types.
 - Valid for stays all year.
 - Honeymoon status to be established at the time of
   making accommodation bookings

Your Accommodation Options
The Beachfront accommodation is truly absolute beach frontage and while the Gardenview Bungalows provide a slightly less expensive option, guests still enjoy some water views from both Studio and One Bedroom Gardenview Bungalows. 

We’re impressed by the fact that Aore Beach Resort offers a rate for Singles travelling alone which is cheaper than the full double/twin rate. 

Your Room Options
Bullet Studio Gardenview Bungalows:
Bullet Studio Beachfront Bungalows:
Both offer exactly the same accommodation and facilities; their location is the only difference. Each is a good size and features light and modern painted walls with natural wood and fibre ceiling and flow-through ventilation.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 adults (Children are not accommodated in Studio Bungalows).
Existing bedding: 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet One Bedroom Gardenview Bungalows:
Bullet One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalows:
The Aore One Bedroom bungalows are nice big Suite-style units and feature a separate bedroom and separate lounge area. The partitions don’t meet the ceiling as this would close off the free-flow ventilation. The bedroom and the lounge both open separately on to a large veranda.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (excluding a baby). There is a limited opportunity for 4 adults to share one of these bungalows, however this facility is always subject to the specific agreement of the Resort.
Existing bedding: 1 Double Bed in the bedroom and 2 single Day Beds in the lounge area. A baby cot can be added.

Getting To and From Aore Island Resort
Airport transfers comprise a vehicle transfer between Santo Airport and Luganville Town then a resort boat transfer between Luganville and the resort.  These transfers will be included as required/agreed in any package arrangements made by Our Pacific.

Guests have complimentary access to a resort boat ferry service between Aore Island Resort and Luganville Town which runs up to 5 times a day and which is ideal for guests wishing to purchase snack food/drinks in town or explore the mainland. Crossing time is 10 minutes. There is normally an additional late service on Friday evenings.

Complimentary use of bicycles is provided for guests to explore the island.

Note re Vanuatu Domestic Air Travel Tax
Domestic flights between Port Vila, Santo and Tanna, as well as all other islands in Vanuatu attract a domestic tax of VT200 (approximately NZ$3.00) per person per sector.  Unfortunately, this tax cannot be prepaid, so is payable direct by travellers at domestic airports in Vanuatu.

Kids’ Policy
Kids Stay Free
Two children aged under 15 years stay free when sharing with parents. A cot may be added to a room at no additional charge.
Bullet Kids Meals
A children’s menu is available.
Bullet Babysitting
A babysitting service is available at a nominal cost.

Exclusively for Adults
The Studio Gardenview and the Studio Beachfront Bungalows are reserved for adults only.

Check-in/Check-out Times
Check-in time is 2:00pm
Check-out time is 11:00am
Late Check-out
Late check-out until 6:00pm, when available, is charged at 50% of the nightly room tariff of the accommodation occupied.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made between 7 and 21 days of scheduled
      arrival incur a penalty equal to 50% of the cost of the
      accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 7 days of scheduled arrival incur
      a penalty equal to 100% of the cost of the
      accommodation booked.

The information on this page is correct as at 16 March 2020 and is based on our supplier contracts valid to 31 March 2020.  All information is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities (charges may apply)
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet 12 metre Swimming Pool
Bullet Lounge & Bar
Bullet Private Island with natural rainforest in centre, working plantation
Bullet Popular Island Night
Bullet Room Service meals available
Bullet Kids Menu and Vegetarian Meals available
Bullet Melanesian Massage
Bullet Horseriding, kayaking, snorkelling straight off the beach
Bullet Sports and Reef Fishing
Bullet SCUBA Diving with Aore Island Dive and land-based dive operators.
Bullet Tour and Attraction Booking Service.

Bungalow Facilities
Bullet Tea/Coffee making facilities
Bullet Refrigerator
Bullet Hair dryer
Bullet Iron
Bullet Ceiling fan