Uepi Island Resort, Marovo Lagoon
Imagine yourself on a small tropical island perched on the edge of the longest lagoon in the world. At Uepi Island Resort, situated on one of the barrier reef islands which defines the edge of the magnificent Marovo Lagoon, you need share this unique experience of paradise with only a few other people.
This area of the Western Province, Solomon Islands, offers opportunities for visitors to experience the culture of local people whilst relaxing in a tranquil environment. Six bungalows, two units and two guest rooms offer clean, comfortable accommodation and the 32 bed maximum capacity ensures that all guests enjoy privacy and the intimacy of a small group of people. The resort meals are based around fresh local seafood and organically grown fruits and vegetables, prepared by talented local chefs.
Uepi offers the unique opportunity to dive first-class sites that are only minutes away from the dive shop; conveniently located either off the edge of the island or just a short boat trip away. Diving is based on multi-level planning, beginning at 30 metres or less and ascending slowly throughout the dive, so Dive Computers are required. It is common for divers to stay in the water for an hour or so on each dive because the top 5-10 metres have endless species to discover, allowing a diver to get maximum value from each dive. Rarely will you view such diverse concentrations of marine-life in such a varied environment, ranging from lagoonal coral gardens to vertical drop-offs into 2000 metres of ocean (The Slot), mostly within the confines of a three kilometre stretch of reef.
The same basic dive rate applies to shore dives, night dives and boat dives on Uepi Island sites (see excursion dives later). The majority of expense for diving at Uepi relates to the cost of maintaining the reef and environs, as well as providing dive guides and a dive facility in such an isolated area.
Because of the location of Uepi Island, waters may be very clear with visibility in excess of 30m or visibility may be less. Tidal current interchanging to & from the Marovo Lagoon and The Slot makes the deep water passage immediately adjacent to the resort a prime habitat for a colourful population of filter feeders such as corals & sponges as well as for reef-fish, sedentary animals and pelagics.
A great advantage for some couples is that the convenience of dive sites means that a diver can enjoy top class dives yet have plenty of extra time to spend with a non-diving companion, snorkelling, sun-baking, walking, relaxing.
- Hobie Cats
- Scuba Diving
- Kayaking (expedition and casual)
- Bird Watching
- Bush walking
- Kite surfing (seasonal)
- Scuba diving (fully equipped)
- War history
- Ceiling Fans
- Queen Sized innerspring mattress
- Private island location
- Outdoor dining area
- Daily housekeeping
- pontoon and beach access
- Australian power points throughout
- Baby sitting
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