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Little Paradise Bungalows, Port Olry, Santo Vanuatu Aelan Walkabot rating
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Little Paradise Bungalows has been operating in the Francophone village of Port Olry for several years now. Local attractions are beaches, reef snorkelling and hat-shaped Thion Island (sometimes marketed as "Dolphin Island") is a short canoe trip. They have a big new restaurant where you can eat your breakfast by the beach and watch the turtles.

Tankyu tumas Angela for updating Port Olry.

Costs and Booking
Little Paradise is owned and run by Tarcisius Alguet:

Mobile phone: +678 5424893
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A schedule of charges is summarised in the following table. Expenses are payable in Vatu cash. Exchange rates.

  Adult
(Vatu)
Child,
< 12yrs
(Vatu)
Accommodation
Bungalow 4000 for the bungalow*
Camping 1500 per tent
Lunch 1500  
Dinner 2000  
Tours
Community Contribution 500 0
Nabanga and Nonie trees walk 400 150
1h30m Thion Island nature tour 500 200
Full day Thion Island tour with BBQ lunch 1500 800
Champagne beach and blue holes

5000 or 3000 for 10+ people

Kastom village 4000  
Millenium cave 7000  
Kastom village jungle trek (2 nights) ** 20000  
Fishing (morning) 4000  

* Each bungalow has 1 double bed and one single bed.
** Tantui and Tanmet kastom villages, price includes transfers, meals, accommodation, guides, all inclusive.

Accommodation and Food
There are now four beach bungalows, which are locally built, with bamboo walls and Natangura palm thatch roofs. Each has one double bed and one single bed. Mosquito nets are provided. Mains electricity is available in the evenings, from 1700h to 2300h.

The Little Paradise has western-style flush toilets. Showers are in a separate haos blong swim. Toilet paper is supplied. You should bring your own bath towel and soap.

Good, simple, local food is served. Breakfast is bread and local fruits, with tea or instant coffee. Drinking water is rainwater.

Services and suggestions
There is a restaurant in the village that serves great food and they have beer. Ordering a couple of hours in advance is advisable. The Latamav-Sigon de Port Olry Co-op store (LMS store) is well stocked with fresh bread from Luganville and more beer.

Electricity for the village is generated from coconut oil. If you ask, villagers will proudly show you.

First surveyed: April 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: November 2012 by Stephen.

Visitor Ratings for Little Paradise Bungalows Rate it
Date Ratings Comments
18/02/2015 Standard

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Cet endroit est un paradis pour les amoureux du calme et de l'authenticité des relations humaines. Tarcisius Alguet est un hôte attentif et un excellent cuisinier. Le confort du bungalow sur la plage est très bon et suffisant. A quelques mètres de la plage on voit de beaux poissons et on peut même nager avec les tortues. Le restaurant sur la plage est excellent. PORT OLRY est un endroit à recommander à tous ceux qui voyagent hors des sentiers battus...
28/07/2014 Standard

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Tarcisius quickly put the finishing touches to a bungalow under construction so that my friend Peter and I could have a place to stay in what was a busy time for the them. We are so pleased he did. Pt Olry is a great spot. The bungalows are beautiful and comfortable set amongst the trees close to the beach and village. The simple breakfast of fruit and fresh bread was perfect. We really enjoyed the time sitting on the veranda talking to Tarcisius and are pleased he and his family are having a go at developing this low-impact tourist venture. Service at the adjacent little paradise restaurant was very slow even for Vanuatu standards. The food was good when it came. Thanks Tony
20/01/2014 Standard

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The comment below seem rather harsh and puzzling, although not the first. Keep in mind that Port Olry is a big village/small town and pro-Francophone. Taking a wider view, people tell me that parts of East Santo have become a bit spoiled by tourism and money. And yes, they love laptops because you can watch DVDs on them. Most Ni-Vanuatu have poor literacy skills and are not at all interested in books (except for The Holy Bible). Stephen - VAW webmaster.
20/01/2014 Standard

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We stayed at Little Paradise Bungalows. We were checked in by Tarcisius who wanted money up front. We didn't see him again for 4 days. When we were going to give donations, our pencils and books were not acceptable. Tarcisius wanted laptops and printers. He told us about how people bring them sewing machines and expensive items. We were both made to feel like we were cheap, and that our donations were not good enough.
And beware if you don't speak French or Bislama because if the locals find out you only speak English, they become quite rude and went out of their way to avoid us.
Overall, it was a disappointing experience to stay in Port Olry but the beach is really nice. A great day trip.
*Note: The restaurant is owned by the same man and he will not tell you about other places to get food. The 2 small shops we stopped at in the village were rude and did not want to serve us at all. I highly recommend some French language to stay up in this beautiful area.
18/07/2013 Standard

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We stayed at the bungalow close to Tarcicius' family and paid 3000 vatu for it (incl. breakfast). Tarcicius is a great host and will organise everything for a fair price. The bungalow was modest but perfectly adequate for few nights. There's a lot to do around Port Olry, snorkelling, kayaking etc. The restaurant at the beach is a bit pricey, but there's a perfectly fine restaurant in the village (meals cost 500 vatu) where you also meet the locals.
23/06/2013 Standard

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Deuxième séjour en famille pour trois nuits à chaque fois. Nous avons vu évoluer le site: construction de plusieurs bungalows sur la plage, dans un arbre, restaurant en matériaux traditionnels. Possibilité de s'approvisionner et cuisiner sur place. Baie magnifique, tortues et dugongs. Très bon accueil de Tarcisius et des villageois. Notre fils a pu visiter l'école une journée et a passé bcp de temps avec les enfants.On quitte cet endroit avec le cœur remplit d'émotions,ce petit paradis est le lieux idéal pour les amoureux de nature.
27/01/2013 Standard

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Two simple aging thatch bungalows directly on a stunning beach. Outside flush toilet & cold shower tap, plus a small gas stovetop & kettle to make coffee (only instant & sugar provided - byo milk). Breakfast was a basic loaf of bread with bananas. Room rate of 4000vt for 1-3 guests.Electricity is on for a few hours in morning and night for charging devices. Phone coverage excellent (EDGE not full 3G). Transport is limited to Tarcicius' taxi (1000vt per person transfers from Luganville) or trying your luck with passing buses.

Village itself is sleepy and rustic. Find the market hut and local "takeaway" by following the track past the quaint Le Bouquet du Village restaurant in the village (takeaway does simple 500vt meals). Walk from the point to the small island at low tide (knee deep), with good snorkeling in the coral garden on the NE side (best access clockwise to avoid the shallows on the W & NW side)
12/08/2012 Standard

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Accommodation is basic, but clean, and right on the beach. We (a couple) paid 3000 per night, incl. breakfast, but price did seem to change with other guests so clarify before you come. Stunning views! There were a few turtles when we were there too! Beach side restaurant was gorgeous, with good food, cold beer, and ok coffee (not as good as Tanna!) The town of Port Olry was friendly with locals inviting us to sample their lunch! Tarcicius was pretty helpful, when you could track him down. Only ride there from Luganville is later in the arvo, and the only ride south is super early in the morning so would recommend staying for at least 2 nights! I think the transfer was 1000 per person, each way. French or bislama would be helpful, not too many people speak much English. Definitely worth a visit!
11/02/2012 Standard

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Wonderful service, Tarcisius is veeery kind host, have visited in December, haven't had a drop of rain, delicious dining,a whole lot of peace and quiet yet people love to party and are sooo happy. Use local bar and enjoy kava (traditional drink) Rent a wooden boat from locals, paddle across the bay and have your private island for a day :))relax and refill with the positive energy. Don't buy Smile pre-paid sim card that they advertise on the flights and all around in the tourist magazines, it doen't work in the village and it does not support 3G or 4G (Internet), instead buy Digicel (the other of 2 mobile providers as this one offers the whole package).
24/09/2011 Standard

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We stayed at Little Paradise Bungalow the night of the 20th of August. We were a group of 6 people. Tarcisius has now 3 bungalow which can accommodate 3 people each. He speaks French and English. There is a cold shower and toilet. The village has electricity in the morning for a few hours and also at night from about 6 till 11! The bungalows we stayed in are just on the sea front! you know those post card views you wish for, that's what you get here! We saw some turtles popping just in front of the bungalow! how cool! We paid 3500 per person included the dinner and breakfast and what a breakfast! fresh bread from the village, tropical fruit and fresh eggs! and dinner was some fresh local fish! If you stay long enough you can rent some kayaks and go to the close island and go for a hike, you can also snorkeling in the lagoon or just sunbath on the white sand beach! Just perfect! will go back there for sure and for more than one night if I'm lucky enough to go back to Vanuatu one day!
28/07/2011 Standard

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I stayed with my daughter and her boyfriend six nights. With the new sealed road this is definitely a superior location to stay than Lonnoc (the bungalows are more 'rustic') or further south. The beachfront location is superb, staying at the bungalows is probably the best value for Santo. Plenty of options to do, including day trips to Champagne Beach/Lonnoc/Hog Harbour, the Blue Hole and Golden Beach. Several things to do around Port Orly. I was able to get a taxi or bus from Luganville for 3000vt (3 people), the 3 buses (600vt) were packed. The large CO-OP store may not be extensively stocked, but sells meat and now has a NBV branch. The village restaurant is good to excellent. If on Santo, I recommend staying at these bungalows as a must.
10/03/2011 Standard

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17/01/2011 Standard

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We have now stayed here twice - Jan 10 and Jan 2011 for 4 and 5 nites respectively. We simply loved it. Village life on the doorstep, friendly people, great scenery and beach and turtles in the sea right at the front of the bungalows! All bungalows have a gas cooker and tea and coffee making facilities and these also provided free! Tarcisius is very helpful too. Highly recommended!!
10/05/2010 Standard

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One of the nicest beach of Santo. Turtles in the sea. Sunset. Tarcissius will take good care of you, the restaurant of the village will serve an crazy amount of food for 900-1000 vatu in a lovely setting. The bungalows are nice and spacious, the amenities very clean.
05/05/2010 Standard

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A very nice pace in front of a wonderful beach. a little too expensive for the standard ?
05/03/2010 Standard

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Lovely people, happy helpful, & won't "rip you off" Fish is cheap - Meat is cheap - Weather perfect.
23/10/2009 Standard

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A little paradise that turned out more as a big nightmare. Very basic bungalow without windows in front of what should have been a splendid view of the bay if there hadn't been a toppleing rusting shed blocking it. We were shown new toilets and shower which sparkled by the fact they did't work and thus had to wash in a bucket. This for the pretty sum of 4000 vatus per night. A basic breakfast of bread and a banana was included in the price. There was also distinct pressure for us to pay for one of the tours or activities, our host constantly seemed to be calculating how to get more money out of us. After having visited other islands in the Vanuatu, slept in villages smaller and more remote than this where we were very well and warmly looked after for much less, we were extremely disappointed. Although set in a beautiful bay, Port Olry town it is the most unattractive place we've visited so far.
17/08/2009 Standard

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I love the place. It's so beautiful. I love it. The people are so friendly. I love it.
22/07/2008 Standard

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I stayed in the bungalow with my husband for 5 nights at the end of June, 2008. We had a wonderful time and especially loved watching the locals go out in their outrigger canoes early in the day. If they came back with fish, we knew we would have fabulous fresh fish (parrot fish, mackerel etc) for dinner.
It's great sitting having breakfast and watching the turtles. In fact there was an abundance of wildlife - all sorts of crabs, live coral, clown fish, bright blue starfish. The fresh fruits were also superb - fruit of the cacao, coconut, other fresh nuts, pamplemousse, sweet lemons. The locals are very friendly and often came down in the afternoon, playing their guitars and singing. It was an adventure that will stay with us for a long time.
20/07/2008 Standard

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Before heading to Santo, I saw this location and details on your website so we knew up front that the standard here was village style. Thanks. We spent 2 nights at Port Olry and enjoyed our stay there. Tarcisius was a gracious host and we would go back again. The location of the bungalows right on the beach was just magic and 5 star with less rubbish on the beach than Luganville. We ended up doing a day trip to Champagne beach, the entry to the beach was 2000 VT per car. The price has gone up there. The day before it was 1000 VT per car. 18 July 2008.
21/02/2007 Standard

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Get ready to feel like a piece of meat at the butchery. This village wants you for only one reason, what's in your wallet. The only place in Vanuatu I visited where the only topic of conversation was how much you were going to spend. Nice scenery, obscene tourism gone mad. But it's built itself into a "tourist" destination, and that's exactly what it is. If you're looking for something a little bit different, a little bit untrodden, a little bit adventurous, don't go to Port Olry. And if you do, be prepared for the final insult when they tell you the bus back to Luganville is 3 times the price for tourists.
These comments seem a bit harsh, I found the place quite OK when I visited, Vanuatu Aelan Walkabout webmaster.

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