Uepi is truly unspoiled, the dive sites are thrilling and Uepi has one of the world's best house reefs. Uepi Island provides a rare opportunity for visitors wishing to stay in a secluded resort in the less accessible areas of the Solomon Islands. You will hardly miss any amenities on the island. The resident resort managers are Jill and Grant Kelly.
Nestled in beautiful tropical gardens are 4 spacious beachfront bungalows for families or couples. Vanua 3 & Vanua 6 are perfect for a couple (with king size bed) or as a twin share. They have a large sitting area plus a desk area as well as a fridge & tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have been completely refurbished - island style!
Two of the four beachfront bungalows offer family accommodation: Vanua 1 - This bungalow has a large main room with sitting area, desk, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge and up to 2 single beds. The main bedroom has a king or twin beds depending on room configuration required. The bungalow has a bathroom with separate toilet. A large shaded deck area is accessed from the main room. Perfect for a family with young children.
Vanua 2 - This bungalow has 2 separate rooms, joined by a 1 metre wide covered corridor. The main room is similar to Vanua 3 & 6 mentioned above. The additional room has a 2.5m high dividing wall in the sleeping area; either side can accommodate up to 2 people as twin or double occupancy and a small shared lounge area. Both rooms open out onto a large shaded deck area. To maximise airflow in the second room, a semi-detached timber bathroom with separate toilet and shower has been added. This is easily accessed via a covered deck area.
Two timber Garden Bungalows Vanua 4 & 5 are set a little way back (approx 40m) from the water’s edge in their own garden setting and with easy access to the beach. Each vanua has a king size bed (or twin share as required), tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, separate shower and toilet, luggage rack and clothing storage space. There are easy chairs and a coffee table inside the bungalows. A large shaded deck area has its own outdoor furniture and hammock.
A highlight of these Vanua is that they each enjoy opposing water views to both the lagoon and the nearby channel and benefit from any breezes from both these directions.
Two units share a common wall but are completely private in all other respects. Each unit has one open space room, a bathroom and separate toilet. In the large room is a sleeping area with either a king size bed or two singles as required.
Along one wall is a wet area including a sink, tea & coffee making facilities and a bench. There is also a luggage rack and a clothing storage space. Cane chairs and a small table completes these self contained, airy units. An overhead fan is positioned to allow continuous airflow.
The units are situated on a raised area close to the beach (but not beachfront) which affords an excellent view of the Marovo Lagoon and the enjoyment of any prevailing breezes. Individual outside shaded decks provide generous another space for a hammock and outside furniture.
Two guest rooms share a common wall. They are not beachfront but have excellent views over the lagoon. One of the guest rooms (#7A) is as large as a bungalow, with ensuite shower & separate toilet. It has a spacious kitchenette area (fridge, sink, tea/coffee making facilities), a king size bed and a leaf deck out from the front door. It is not beachfront but has excellent views over the lagoon. Because it is on a slight rise it gets very good breezes & the cross ventilation makes it a cool room. It has an overhead fan. An extra bed can easily be put in this room. The second of the guest rooms (#7B) is a smaller room with ensuite shower/toilet. It has a double bed and a single bed as well as an overhead fan and also a beautiful view. It has a small tea/coffee area but no sink. There is a hand basin in the bathroom.
The central building on the island has a large verandah and dining room. Here all the guests meet for breakfast and dinner. Lunch is served in a picnic basket to your bungalow, where you can enjoy it on your shady verandah. The food is fantastic. You cannot get any better anywhere in the Solomon Islands! The friendly, easy-going style of management and staff makes you feel as if you are staying with friends, not at a tourist resort.
Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style in the main dining room, while lunches are delivered to your accommodation. All meals are based on fresh locally grown organic produce and seafood, sourced from nearby villages. Uepi has a kitchen garden on site, growing most of the resort's salad vegetables and a variety of other fruits and vegetables used in the kitchen. Chickens, eggs and pork is also produced locally for the resort. Meals are prepared by talented local chefs and are a highlight of your stay. Special dietary requirements can be catered for with notice.
Apart from diving there are a lot of other activities which you can enjoy on Uepi, like fishing, kayaking, village trips, canoe paddling, stand up paddle boarding or go walking the jungle trail, you just have to follow the signs.
Getting to Uepi
Although very remote, it is easily accessible: Only 70-minute flight from Honiara to Seghe and another 12 km by motorised canoe and you are in an incredible paradise! The canoe transfer can get a little wet in the afternoons, however your luggage is kept dry with big tarps and they will handout raincoats to protect you from the spray.
Uepi Island has no mobile coverage. The last time you will be able to check text message or make calls on your own phone will be at Seghe airport.
At the resort they have a satellite data connection and you can use the resorts computer or your own WiFi device to check email if needed (charge is USD 15.00-20.00/device). No larger downloads, facebook or websurfing is possible.
Uepi is the best resort to stay in the Solomon Islands. Run by Australian owners, this resort offers fantastic service in one of the best dive areas in the Solomons. Just the house reef alone is worth a visit.