We have recently returned from our 14th trip to this magnificent spot. We are casual divers with two kids - we have been taking them to Uepi since they were 3 months old.
Uepi and its surrounds are the definition of true luxury to us - magnificent, pristine wilderness remote enough to be off the tourist beat. The accomodation is basic but very clean and comfortable with beautiful rainforest and/or lagoon outlooks. Great facilities for divers and the main house and bar where breakfast and dinner are served have a fantastic location and outlook at the tip of the island. Food is wonderful, home cooked style and plentiful. Emphasis on fresh seafood (hard to tire of coral trout, crayfish, mudcrab, freshest ever sashimi!) but a pretty good variety considering how remote this place is. The Kellys make sure you are well looked after, and the service (local villagers are staffers) has laid back local charm. If you are a high maintenance type into the textbook luxury of glam resorts then this isn't for you. Happily, Uepi attracts a varied range of international guests who are typically interesting, engaged types who 'get it' and that adds to the attraction of this destination.
The wildlife above and below the water is amazing and the more we visit, the more we see and appreciate in this special place. In one snorkel at Uepi Point my little one managed to see some giant trevally, a huge barracuda school, maori wrasse and a herd of bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays, the ever-present sharks, a very confident octopus, not to mention the fields of beautiful and varied corals and of course nemo. We sometimes do nothing for days on end just sitting in the lagoon under the shady trees playing with the kids and feeding the fish. The diving is wonderful, lots of big stuff but experienced divers always rave about the diversity of little stuff also. Our favourite dives are right off the island but there are unspoiled wrecks and other interesting stuff a boat rodeo away.
The owners are heavily involved in the local community, providing jobs, and extensive scholarships and medical programs to the lagoons population. They are passionate about Uepi and its reefs and are very experienced and knowledgeable divers, with some great stories.
The simplicity of this wonderful place is perfectly appropriate to the location, and provides the ultimate venue for relaxing and forgetting the world...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an international reputation for excellence, Uepi Island Resort in the Western Province is the ultimate getaway in the Solomons. World class diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking is complemented by beachfront bungalow accommodation, friendly personalized service and meals based on fresh local produce. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Uepi Island Hotel Marovo