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Aore Island Resort

Aore Island is a working cattle and coconut plantation, located 3 kilometres across the channel or 15 minutes by regular boat service from Santo and the township of Luganville. The secluded resort is set on a white sandy beach, surrounded by tropical island flora and has views to the wide escarpment leading up to a higher rainforest level.

Aore Island Resort is an ideal base for your holiday adventures on Espiritu Santo or as a place to just relax and retreat. The famous World War II dive wreck of the luxury liner turned troop carrier, "SS President Coolidge" and "Million Dollar Point" are a 20 minute boat trip from the resort.

Alternatively, you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters over the coral reef just off the island.

  • Getting to Aore Island Resort

    Upon arrival at Santo Airport the resort can arrange an airport transfer with driver and water taxi to the resort at any time of the day or night (pre-booking required).

    Alternatively, guests can make their way to the BP Wharf in Luganville and catch the free scheduled ferry to the resort (15 minutes from the mainland) at 7:30am, 8:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm. These times coincide with dive operators and tours.

    On Friday night there is a late ferry for guests wishing to dine in town. These trips are complimentary to in-house guests.

  • Amenities at Aore Island Resort

    A large traditional Melanesian style Nakamal sits on the waterfront housing the bar, restaurant and lounge area. Enjoy the panoramic views across the channel from the wide terrace where you can dine, relax and sip cocktails whilst enjoying the romantic ambience. The 12 metre resort pool is set beside the Nakamal.

    Relax and unwind in traditional Melanesian style at the Aore Day Spa which uses the finest quality skincare products made with organic natural plant extracts in Vanuatu and Australia.

  • Accommodation at Aore Island Resort

    The boutique resort has 18 spacious, comfortable, well-appointed bungalows built along the beach surrounded by lush tropical gardens. All of the fan-cooled fares have private bathrooms, hot showers, hairdryers, irons, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator and a balcony.

    8 Studio Beachfront Bungalows located on the water’s edge suitable for 2 adults (twin or double). Recommended for couples.

    2 Studio Gardenview Bungalows with the same configuration as the above, set back from the water in the tropical gardens.

    5 One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalows on the water’s edge with great snorkeling right in front. These large units have a double bed in the separate bedroom, a living style area with two single beds and a modern two way bathroom. The large balconies have views across the channel to the distant mountains and town of Santo. The bungalow sleeps up to 3 Adults or 2 Adults + 2 Children. Ideal for families.

    3 One Bedroom Gardenview Bungalows are the same as the above but are set back from the beach in the garden, surrounded by tropical plants and lawn.


  • Activities at Aore Island Resort

    Divers can shore dive on the island’s surrounding reef or take boat dives out to the wrecks and pristine outer reefs. Some of the local dive operators will pick you up from the resort’s wharf for boat dives.

    For non divers, snorkel right outside your bungalow with clear blue water, coral and abundant fish life or take a snorkel trip to the various reefs around Aore Island.

    For those seeking adventure, explore Aore Island by paddle board, kayak or mountain bike, join a trek into the jungle, canoe down a local river to a spectacular Blue Hole, horse ride through the largest cattle plantation in Vanuatu, go caving and canyoning or try your luck fishing. Take a tour around Santo to see the relics from World War II, swim at Champagne Beach, picnic on a private tropical island or visit a local village.