Gatokae Island (also spelt Nggatokae) is part of the New Georgia Group on the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. The island is an extinct volcano with the highest point being Mount Mariu at 887 metres above sea level. The land covers around 93 square kilometres and is home to around 2000 people.
Most of the locals are strict Seventh Day Adventist Christians, so most services will stop from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, to observe the Sabbath.
Solomon Island Holidays has a partnership with two resorts on Gatokae Island, however, The Wilderness Lodge is currently closed. Getting here can be a bit of an adventure, since the local airstrip closed down a few years ago. All guests now arrive via Seghe airstrip, some two hours away by speedboat.
Ropiko Beach Resort
Ropiko Beach Resort is the gateway to the beautiful Marovo Lagoon, the largest double barrier lagoon in the world. Nestled in a large coconut grove with a private white sand beach and surrounded by stunning orchids, Ropiko is a true tropical paradise. Ropiko was originally set up as a eco resort in 1994, to employ local village people and promote sustainability. Some of the initiatives the resort is involved with are sustainable fishing, composting, recycling, organic gardening, using local suppliers, and involving local residents in their village tours and therefore keeping income on the island.