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Tetepare Island Eco-lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Munda
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“Wow - unbelievable location, a bit scary too !”
Reviewed 21 August 2010

This place was just amazing, beautiful and scary all at once. Arrived from Munda via a 3 hour boat journey in a tinny with a small outboard motor on the High Seas of the South Pacific which was pretty hairy. Be warned this place is not for the faint-hearted and pretty basic too - no flush loo and one cold shower between 13 - also food, although tasty was basic, mainly rice, with tuna when the rangers caught any. That said it was amazingly beautiful and peaceful with all the staff so so friendly. Awesome snorkelling , watching rangers jump out of boats to catch green turtles with their bare hands, climbing through rainforest to see croc lake and ancient headhunter sites.

If you are prepared for the travel and to rough it you will be well rewarded with experiences you will never ever forget. Special thanks to Tetepare Sue, Margeret and Johnson who made us feel so welcome.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

Tetepare was an unforgettable highlight of our 6 month trip in the South Pacific. It's a unique eco-tourist haven, brimming with wildlife, marine life and fauna and utterly unmissable if you can cope with a more basic lifestyle for a few days. It only has solar power and that's limited and there's no cold beer, but the staff will make you feel like unbelievably comfortable and there's nothing they won't do to help you. Even the Princess (wife) survived 5 days and we had to drag her onto the boat because she didn't want to leave!! (Lol)

The guides/rangers and particularly knowledgeable about the rainforest, herbal medicine, marine and other wildlife. They'll take you on walks and the boats will pick you up at the end, often with a picnic lunch if requested.

We cannot recommend this wonderful place enough. If you are in this part of the world, make sure you visit Tetepare. You will never forget the experience and want others to share in it.

Martin and Lucinda Tunnicliffe-Squirrell

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2009

We travelled to the Solomons in July 2009, and booked a seven night stay at Tetepare. We flew from Gizo to Munda - Munda is a very small village - but unfortunately no one was there to meet us. This was probably the only negative point in our whole stay - we understand that there were problems with the booking system which have since been rectified. Luckily an Australian volunteer happened to be there watching the plane land, and he assisted us and made sure we got to Tetepare. We had a quick breakfast at Agnes Lodge, then squeezed onto the boat for the two hour trip to Tetepare. Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and have a hat handy! The boat trip is very scenic and pleasant, although we did have perfect weather when we did it! Just outside Tetepare's lagoon we were greeted by a large pod of dolphins - a beautiful start to our stay! We cruised past baby reef sharks to the pier, where we were welcomed to the island and shown to our rooms. Even though there was the booking mixup, the staff quickly adapted and made sure our room was ready.

The rooms are certainly basic, and wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. But we were very happy - the bed was comfortable enough, with a mosquito net and small balcony area and table. Clean linen and towels were provided. The bungalows are all built from local materials and really fit in with the ambiance of the island. The whole resort is in a small clearing in the dense jungle - it was absolutely amazing to sleep listening to only the sounds of the jungle and the waves on the outer reef! They don't run a generator on Tetepare, which adds to the sense of wildness and peace. Solar power is available for charging batteries etc, and guests are given oil lanterns at night. There is a central lodge building with a large table for dining and an upstairs area with information on the projects and different plant and animal species of the island.

Meals were generally served when guests were ready to eat, and we found the food plentiful, fresh and enjoyable. They do seem a little more limited in their choice of ingredients, but overall it was great. Usually there were several dishes for lunch and dinner, with veggies, rice, fish etc. There was also a dessert and lots of tropical fruit. We loved Mary's bush lime - it was the best! And the lime leaf tea! Breakfast was usually great - banana pancakes were our favourite! So long as you are not too fussy and eat fish, veggies etc, I think you will be very happy with the food! For the price per night, we certainly thought the meals were great value. Everyone eats at one big table, which is nice, and after dinner the rangers would often join us for a chat and a coffee. This was lots of fun - it was great to be able to talk to them about the island and we learnt how dedicated they are to caring for Tetepare. They had lots of questions for us too!

Without any doubt, the most wonderful thing about Tetepare is the rangers. At first I thought it might not be as fun as doing things on your own. But when we arrived I was so glad that the rangers came with us for the activities! We learnt so much from them when we were snorkelling in the lagoon, or going on walks in the jungle. They are really friendly, professional and fun and I can not fault the service they provided. Often when my partner and I were snorkelling, two or three rangers would come with us and look out for interesting species. They are extremely knowledgable and I learnt a lot of different fish species from Tumi! Without the rangers' we wouldn't have enjoyed our stay nearly as much. So a big big thank you (again!) to Tumi, Roy, Johnson, Sikua, William and all the others rangers - you did a wonderful job!

There is no diving at Tetepare, only snorkelling, which we were actually glad about. It seems more pristine somehow! The snorkelling in the lagoon was, in our opinion, by far the best in the Solomons. Especially as we had the rangers to come with us as guides. A few highlights were:
- Early morning snorkelling with the eagle rays. So beautiful!
- Playing around with the baby blacktip reef sharks in the shallows.
- The large variety and number of rays
- Many green turtles
- Late afternoon with the schools of giant bumphead parrotfish and barracuda
- Beautiful coral and hundreds of fish species
- Tumi taking us out in the late afternoon to snorkel with the dugongs! We got lucky and saw them on two days, even a mum and newborn that came really close to us!
The lagoon is magical and pristine, and the beach is gorgeous. It truly is a tropical paradise!

However I can see that this might not be the place for everyone! You do need to be aware that it's pretty basic and very remote. There's no hot water, which was fine for us. Also there is a lot of wildlife! We loved it but others might not! In our bungalow we had a resident small boa (very easy-going snake!) as well as the occasional brown tree snake. Also a wide variety of large spiders, beetles etc! And a few land crabs on occasion! They didn't bother us at all as you can tuck in the mosquito net and not worry about anything falling on you! But it is important to realise that this is a wild place with many wild inhabitants! It's quiet, peaceful and pristine and really unique due to its lack of overdevelopment.

We did many other activities with the rangers - you can really do anything you want whenever you want! We walked to the crocodile lake with Johnson and saw a big croc! We also walked up into the canopy, which was pretty tiring exercise! I really enjoyed walking with William and Roy and learning about the traditional medicinal plants of the island. The turtle tagging was really fun too, it was great to learn about the turtles and meet them close up! The coconut crab walk was fun too. We also were lucky to be there while two Australian volunteers were there - Anthony and Michaela - and we had fun snorkelling with them and hearing about their experiences.

Overall, I can't emphasise enough how amazing we thought this place was. I almost didn't want to write a review - just to keep it a secret! But it really deserves support as it's wonderful work they are doing. I've been to many islands in search of that magical "tropical paradise" and for me, this was it. We hope that the association continues to manage the island in exactly the same way, and nothing changes! We will definitely be back - we would love to visit when the Leatherback turtles are nesting as that sounds wonderful. Thanks for a truly special experience - it was out of this world! The Solomons is a beautiful and unique country - we had a great time at every place we stayed. I highly recommend a visit - if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Kind regards, Meredith and Greg

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

This place was just crazy.

A two to three hour boat ride from Munda and we were there.

The rainforrest was unlike any I have seen, the vines were literally so thick that you couldnt see the trees.

This eco lodge perched on a small knoll 100 metres from a protected lagoon that is literally over flowing with marine creaures both big and small.

The hospitality was the best we had in the islands. Thank you Gloria and Johnson.

The real island style food was filling and absolutley delish. The fried fish was the best I have tasted ever, and I still cant beleive what you can do with a can of chilli tao tuna.

I brought 40 litres of fuel with me so I could go fishing every afternoon. The fishing was incredible, big mackerel every day and lots of them. These fish were eaten every night by very happpy rangers and guests.

One day exploring the coast I counted 9 surf breaks, of which only 3 have been ridden.

I would follow small streams inland amazed by the sound of birds, insects and the like. Coconut crabs wander around at night sometimes even wandering in to where you sleep. Sweet rain water, no electricity at all. Breakfast at 7 am and fast asleep by 9 pm. The cost was around 50 aud per person inclusive of all meals. You must bring your own petrol so you can go out on the boats. So many things to do, so littlle time.

The snokelling in the lagoon was incredible, sharks, barracuda, mouri wrasse, parrot fish, dugons, turtles and the odd salt water croc.

If you are even remotley thinking about going to the solomons then you must look into this pace. WHile it may be hard to get in contact with them ( we got them on the radio from Munda) they will come and get you right on time.

I AM DEFINATELY COMING BACK.

ONE WORD

PARADISE

  • Liked — Going out to the toliet at night and getting blown away by the stars and forgetting about the toilet
  • Disliked — Lack of privacy at the lodge itself
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2006

This place was amazing. The largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific and such friendly people. This is a very small scale ecotourism operation so only 15 people stay at once. Great custom leaf house accommodation, locally produced food (excellent fish) and the snorkeling was incredible. This is a conservation project set up to conserve the island so the guides are well trained in pointing out wildlife etc. We took our two young children (1 and 3) and they also had a great time. Very child friendly. Its pretty basic accommodation though so dont expect resort style standards. Low key, wixing with locals and the highlight is the wilderness old growth rainforest and pristine reefs.

  • Liked — relaxed, friendly, locally senseive, eco-tourism style
  • Tips/Secrets — dont expect a resort but an amazing rainforest/snorkeling/cultural experience in an untouched paradise
  • Stayed September 2005, travelled with family
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Property: Tetepare Island Eco-lodge
Address: P.O.Box 131, Munda, Solomon Islands
Region: Solomon Islands > Munda
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Munda
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Number of rooms: 12
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