Just back from a great 7 day holiday at Neil. Stayed at Tango. Dived with India scuba explorers.
Dives: The coral is wonderful. Lovely colours. Fish were plenty, though we weren't lucky enough to see dugongs! Saw 4 morays and 5 Napoleons in just one dive! Pictures posted at
Stay: Tango is purely functional. The good part was that the beach had a good breeze through the day. We bought a hammock and used it fully! Kids too enjoyed themselves. However, the Tango beach is covered with corals. Hard to walk in to the sea. The Rampur and Sitapur beach are sandy and much more fun for kids. The Sitapur beach is exceptional with a natural cave out of calcium deposits that kids can climb easily.
We also took a glass bottom boat ride and saw some great coral reefs and some fish.
To get most out of Tango - they give only 4 walls, a roof, a bed and a table. No place to keep clothes etc. so best to travel light. I had to ask for a white sheet because I saw it in one of the other huts. Cleaning of the room too is done only on demand. However, once you ask, they try and comply. So, bargain your room rate, then remember to ask for even the most basic of services. As others have said, the guests at Tango are interesting and fun. Hammocks are few. You can buy one (or get one stitched) from Rs 200 upwards in the tiny market.
All in all, Neil is well worth visiting. I found it much better than Havelock. Beautiful place and great value.