Compared to the excellent Uepi Island Resort, my overall impression of this lodge was that it was lacking an overall manager. And it was, as the manager was on holidays in Australia. Despite this, the staff did an excellent job, especially Ronny, who tried his hardest from guiding us on an il fated walk (not his fault, ours) and taking over the cooking on the Sabbath.
The accommodation itself was fairly basic, except for the superb bungalows, however there was a nice relaxed and very open vibe about the place.
The food was pretty good although the cooks were dealing with very basic cooking implements.
The activities on offer here were superb. Whether it was jumping off a big old tree into the sea with the local children to going diving off one of the distant islands to deep sea fishing for yellow fin tuna, there was always something interesting to keep all of my companions occupied. A highlight was travelling by boat to a local village (the name escapes me but i think it started with b), where we were treated to a tour of the village as well as getting to see a creek full of massive eels.
My major gripes with the place would be the food which varied in its quality, and the lack of an overall manager which sometimes led to some organisational errors. But apart from these two things, my overall stay was very good and I recommend the lodge to anyone coming to the Solomons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on a coral lagoon on Gatokae Island at the southeastern tip of the Solomons' Western Province, the wilderness lodge offers unique access to the rich natural and cultural world of Marovo Lagoon.Catering for a maximum of 12 guests the private Wilderness Lodge has been designed to meld the atmosphere of the Gatokae rainforest, ocean, and neighbouring small village with Western comforts and convenience. Oceanfront bungalows feature traditional sago palm leaf roofs and polished hardwood interiors for the ultimate in cool tropical living.Enjoy real Melanesian hospitality with your Marovo hosts Waelinah and Vaelathy and unique local experiences and genuine adventure with the Wilderness guides. Our all Solomon Island staff has been trained here in Peava, and years of experience and integration have created a unique example of culturally- and environmentally-sensitive tourism. ... more less