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Turtle Cottage, Turtle Bay, Santo

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Turtle Cottage, Turtle Bay, Santo

2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
Alex is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Turtle Cottage is so close to the water you can almost feed the fish from your balcony! Waking up with a view of a turquoise lagoon and your own private beach surrounded by tropical islands is nothing short of breath-taking! Explore nearby blue holes, laid back resorts, crystal rivers and colourful fringing reef using our free kayaks & SUPS.

Welcome to paradise - Espiritu Santo, largest island in Vanuatu (180 km NW of Port Vila, Efate)!


Free parking on premises

House Rules

No smoking
Check-in time is 1PM - 6PM
Check out by 10AM


21 Reviews

Becky User Profile
June 2018
Idyllic location with great privacy and both sun and shade. Very nice local restaurant for dinner. Would happily go back tomorrow!
Johnnyy User Profile
May 2018
Turtle Bay Beach house was great. Unbelievable little spot on the water with heaps of little day drips right there, either on the water or on the road. Willie is brilliant
Heidi User Profile
March 2018
We had a wonderful stay at the Beach Cottage. Best part of this property is the fact that the ocean is literally on your doorstep and you have kayaks and SUP-boards you can use. We went out with kayaks almost every day and enjoyed it so much! Alex and Willie took good care of us …
Jane User Profile
December 2017
We spent 12 nights at the turtle cottage and could easily have stayed longer! The lagoon is gorgeous and we saw spotted eagle rays and turtles most days. We kayaked to a few islands for snorkelling in pristine blue water and each night relaxed on our verandah watching the sunset …
Katja User Profile
November 2017
Overall we were happy with our stay at Turtle Cottage. The positives first, and there are quite a few - the bungalow is right on the water and you have access to all kinds of equipment. We had a magical day kayaking to the Matevlulu Blue Hole, this really made our stay here memor…
Alex User Profile
Response from Alex:
Thank you for your feedback Katja - happy you enjoyed your stay. A couple of responses to your comments - the taxi fee of 3000vt into town is for a return trip, 1500vt each way. This is a standard fare. For those who don't want to pay taxi prices, there are public share "transports" available. You also mention that you were oversold on the "luxury" aspect of the cottage. We mention the word "luxury" twice in our Air BnB listing (not several times?) - once by stating we offer "modern luxuries while retaining an island style" and again by stating that "no other bungalows on the island offer you this level of luxury for such a bargain price". We stand by both claims. You mention the room "fills up" with insects at night - however all the cottages are fully screened (even the doors) so the only way insects can get in is if you leave the door open! With regard to the kitchen facilities, we state clearly on our Air BnB listing that the cottage is equipped with a kitchenette (not a full kitchen!) - we also supply BBQ facilities on the overwater deck for all guests to use. As for the fan, we will look into that ASAP and adjust it, same goes for pillows. Easy fixes that could have been solved during your stay if you had mentioned them to our house manager! Finally the noise from other guest's children is unfortunate, but not much we can do about this as we are a "share" property. Whenever I am on holiday I always find talking to other guests (or the manager) about issues like these helps, rather than complaining on a public forum.
November 2017
Dylan User Profile
November 2017
A fantastic little place out of the main town which was exactly what we wanted. There is a heap of water sports gear there which is free to use and the setting right on the edge of the bay is beautiful! Willie the manager is super friendly and is willing to help out in anyway plu…
Alex User Profile
Response from Alex:
Thank's Dylan, glad you both enjoyed your stay.
November 2017
Lynley & Wayne User Profile
Lynley & Wayne
August 2017
Our stay at Turtle Cottage would have been fantastic if it hadn't been for the annoying family that live next door. We noted previous comments about the noisy neighbours and when faced with the choice between Turtle and Dudong cottages, we chose the one with the better view. The …
Alex User Profile
Response from Alex:
Hi Lynley and Wayne, We are sorry to hear you were upset by the noise from our neighbours - they are a local Ni-Vanuatu family who usually respect our guests and try to keep the noise down. This is reflected in the fact that we have had many, many people stay in Turtle Cottage over the last 2 years and we've only had only one or two complaints about noise issues . We recommend that any guests affected by noise of any kind talk to our house managers and they will do their best to address the issue on the same day. We would have happily addressed your problem if we had known about it at the time! As for the fire issue, yes this is a problem all over Santo - locals tend to burn their rubbish and green waste because there is no local rubbish collection service by Council. We will endeavour to talk to the neighbours about this and ensure it doesn't happen again, We appreciate your feedback!
August 2017

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Noosa Heads, AustraliaJoined in January 2015
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53 Reviews
Alex is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
I discovered Vanuatu several years ago and fell in love with Santo. It's an outdoor adventurer's paradise, and being a professional kayak guide, freelance journalist and ex-resort owner this place is the ultimate tropical island playground. I know you'll fall in love with Santo j…
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