Spur of the moment trip, completely unplanned, found them on google, phoned them from Fiji, and arrived the next day. Even then, nothing was a problem. Food was some of the best I've eaten anywhere in the world, service was great, room was a lot better than I expected. The diving - mindblowing!
Everything about my stay exceeded expectations. For a spur of the moment trip that was only going to be a few days, I ended up staying two weeks, as I was enjoying it so much.
I'll be back again!
Just spent 6 nights at Coral Quays with a view to fulfilling my dream to dive the President Coolidge. From the moment I arrived, there was a friendly greeting at the airport and a big smile from the staff at the hotel. The cottages are huge and spread amongst the grounds. There are tea and coffee facilities and filtered drinking water in the rooms. The dive centre being on-site is a huge advantage and Tom and his team fulfilled every wish. We were particularly lucky to have the wreck to ourselves some days. I did some pretty adventurous diving on the Coolidge and loved every minute of it. The hotel has a nice pool area and the restaurant there produces some amazing food. The local Santo steaks are phenomenal and they have a good selection of drinks available. My room only had a fan. I wish I’d booked a room with AC for the hot and humid (cyclone season) nights. Be aware. The hotel is a little remote for some but I think that is what makes it so charming. I’ll definitely be back (but can you reduce the credit card charge from 5% to 3.5% please like other places I went to?) I don’t carry $1500 in cash - EVER!
Thank you to all at Coral Quays. Bucket list ticked!
Great accommodation, very clean, all parts of room worked well. Take a power board for charging dive gear, cameras etc.
Excellent diving with the crew, felt very safe with their well trained dive crew. Very reassuring to see the dive guides carrying not two but three tanks. All the air you need.
They also give the divers 15 L dive tanks, very reassuring for air hogs like me.
Loved diving the Coolidge, also Million Dollar Point, great dive.
Food at Coral Quays very good, can recommend the place
We had a really great stay at Coral Quays, and felt very well taken care of. We loved the relaxed pace at the resort, but we also felt well attended to so I think they've got that balance just right.
In terms of the overall resort experience, our bungalow was basic but clean and spacious, and our bed was comfortable. The fan in our room worked well but we also had the option to use aircon. Our only annoyance was the very low water pressure in our shower. Though we would have liked a bit more local flavour on the menu, the quality of the food we received was always very good so no complaints. Oh, and insider tip for non-Australians - the brown spread that you get with breakfast is NOT Nutella, it's Vegemite. :) We didn't get in the pool much but it looked nice and would be great for families. They also have a small beach and jetty across the road. We also did a couple of tours during our time there and the staff at Coral Quays were very helpful which made everything super easy. Wifi was only available in the main indoor area, bar and pool, not in our room but we didn't really care as we had brought books and enjoyed the peace and quiet in our bungalow.
The main draw card for us was the diving, and we were very happy with our experience. Our dive guides Jimmy, Kris and Eze were extremely professional and knowledgeable, and we also had lots of laughs - thanks guys! We hired some of our gear and we were happy with the standard and quality of the gear that we hired. From a cost perspective it would have been nice if we could have hired gear per day instead of per dive but we were aware of their pricing in advance so it wasn't a problem. We did a number of dives at the Coolidge (so good!), we also did Million Dollar Point, Mal Mal reef (sp?), Tutuba (really amazing) and the Tucker. The night dive on the Coolidge was by far and away the highlight - it's an absolute must-do, and something I'll never forget.
Overall both my partner and I would highly recommend Coral Quays, and would definitely stay there again if we get to visit Santo again. Thank you to Phil and Charmaine, and all the team at Coral Quays!
We recently stayed here for our honeymoon and what a lovely resort. We got to our room to find candles and flowers shaped as a love heart. The food at the resort is amazing 10/10 - they have a great variety of food on the menu and all is top quality and very delicious - as are the cocktails!! All of the staff are always very kind, helpful and smiling. Our room was sparkling clean on a daily basis, hot water for showers and the air conditioner was wonderful!! Roy the groundskeeper manages to pick up every single leaf that falls down on the paths - always very neat and tidy! The two owners Phil and Charmaine are extremely helpful and welcoming, they made us feel at home.
Here is what my hubby thought about the diving - "I did 6 days of diving whilst at Coral Quays, and the professionalism and diving standards of the crew is amazing. I cannot speak more highly of these guys, the Coolidge is a big wreck and they made me feel safe for every dive I did here. Tom the dive director/technical instructor is fantastic, he is a very well trained instructor and I would highly recommend him for those wanting to seriously understand diving and further their abilities. He is thorough and his experience and knowledge of the wreck shines through when talking to him - thanks for some world class diving"
Whilst hubby was off diving I was busy relaxing!! I was able to get in house massages - which were amazing, laze by the pool or their own private little beach and make use of the kayaks at the resort. It is also very easy to take a short taxi ride into town to visit the craft and fruit markets. We recommend during your stay you take a day trip to Port Orly, the blue holes, million dollar point and the Millenium Caves. Thank you very much for having us and we will be back 🏝