from: $1625AUD*

UEPI 2015-16

Western Province

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.

Price

8 nights from:
$1625 guest room
$1950 garden bungalow
$2050 beachfront bungalow per person, twin or double share in a guest room. Single surcharges apply for sole use. Additional adults can only be accommodated in the garden bungalows.

* Long stay bonus. Stay for 8 or more nights and receive 1 night's accommodation and meals free. (free night is costed in to the 8 night package above).

10 dive package $675 per person, including tank, weights and air. Single dive $75. Sea kayaking and other activities are available with prices upon request.

Includes

  • 8 nights' accommodation per above
  • Return airport transfers  to Seghe airstrip
  • All meals including tea and coffee
  • Use of some non-motorised water craft

Children are welcome and pay proportionate rates depending on age. Under 3 years stay free with adults.

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Terms & Conditions

Prices are quoted in AUD, exclude GST, are valid until 31 December 2016 but are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. All international bank and credit card fees will be borne by the client. Prices cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A $500 per person, non refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full. Our full terms and conditions can be viewedhere.